A New Freighter In Town (With Wind Turbine Blades) | SAIMAAGRACHT

The latest ship to arrive at the State Pier is a sight to behold.  The Saimaagracht from Amsterdam is absolutely massive, standing much taller than anything on the bridge deck of the Middle Bridge, easily noticed from a distance as one travels up Market Street towards downtown. The ship is carrying cargo – in this case, blades for wind turbines of a large project in northern New Hampshire.  The blades themselves are ridiculously large, as shown in the image above – nearly dwarfing a massive tractor trailer.  The whole process of unloading the pieces is a bit of a spectacle, with dozens of people involved on deck and on the ground, and then with police escorts leading the blades to Pease until they reach their final destination.

The ship is so huge that it makes the little fishing boat in the left side of the frame look miniature. Check it out if you have a chance!

The Gazebo | Calabash Cove St. Lucia

Calabash Cove is a small resort near the northernmost point of Saint Lucia.  It’s a beautiful property that hugs the coastline, full of natural lush greenery and plantings that compliment the facility and the private cottages that dot the coastline.  One of the features of the property is this lovely little gazebo that overlooks the shoreline and has an unbelievable vantage point towards the west and sunsets every night.  I loved the flowers and the colors throughout the property, and the rich blue sky and amazing clouds that always seemed to hang around.  Just at the left corner of the gazebo, a faint hit of a rainbow can be seen as a result from the rainstorm out on the horizon.





A Rich Sunset from St. Lucia

It had been a long time since I had a few minutes to dedicate to shooting a beautiful sunset.  It wasn’t for a shortage of beautiful sunsets, but more a result of a full schedule.  This richly colored image is the result from 75 seconds of glorious sunset as the sun retreated behind the horizon.  The hint of reflection in the foreground was a gift from the drainage of the hotel we were staying at, which followed a channel out to the shoreline.  The oranges and pinks were just gorgeous.  It was refreshing to enjoy this gift from nature.  Much more exciting content to follow from the island of Saint Lucia.


The Pitons | St. Lucia

The coastline of St. Lucia is beautiful.  It is lush, rocky for portions of it – and little fishing villages dot the western coast along with beaches.  The most majestic and striking part of the island’s geography is the vista you see here.  The Pitons (the Gros Piton and the Petite Piton) jut out into the sky just above the city of Soufriere, and just happen to be catching some gorgeous light in this shot – which was taken on our way home from an adventure around the island. The village gives the scene some scale – these things are just incredible.  Later this week I’ll feature a shot taken during lunch at a restaurant perched on one of the hills in the foreground that sits between the two pitons.


Home from Saint Lucia

I’m home from our honeymoon in St. Lucia following an amazing wedding.  Everything worked out ridiculously perfectly, with much of the day captured by wedding photographer extraordinaire Kate McElwee!  See Part I and Part II to enjoy a glimpse of our day. Following a great morning spent with family and friends, my brother drove us to Boston for the afternoon on Sunday, where we spent a night before flying out at dawn to the beautiful tropical destination of St. Lucia.  For a few days I’ll be featuring some of the sights we enjoyed while away.

Here’s a shot of Mrs. Cohen lounging by the ocean.  Thanks for your patience, I hope you enjoy some of the new goodies!




Wentworth by the Sea Country Club

It’s been a very busy few months.  Days have been full of working and planning, nights have been full of home renovations, all to get ready for our wedding day.  Steph and I are overwhelmed with excitement for our big day, July 16th, where we’ll be getting married at the Wentworth by the Sea Country Club.  This incredibly gorgeous and picturesque setting on the waterfront suits us perfectly. 

Thanks to everyone for staying tuned here at The Daily Portsmouth – and I promise to get back to a regular schedule once things calm down, the house is finished, and we are happily married!  Thanks to everyone who helped us get here, and to everyone who has made it so special.

Sitting at Brazo

Sometimes the colors and the lighting come together in a shot in a magical way.  The late afternoon lighting at Brazo illuminated the richly colored and textured walls and chairs alongside the lighting over the bar – and I can’t help but look at this image and want to take a seat.  The chair at center catches the light just perfectly as if it’s the chosen 0ne – I think I’ll have to stop in sometime soon to see if it was.


Maori Maiden | Freighters of Portsmouth

I thought a good series to work on over the coming year would be Freighters of Portsmouth.  These behemoths come to our little port here in New Hampshire from all over the world, to load/unload sand, salt and scrap metal at the various terminals.  I’ll always be fascinated when I time an arrival/departure and get to witness the ship navigate under one of our lift span bridges, and watch as the tugs try to coerce the vessel into port.  In this shot, the Maori Maiden visits from its home in Manila.  I like this shot a little more than usual since I took it on my birthday back in March.

The Portsmouth Naval Prison

In Portsmouth, we have the best of all worlds.  Some people even have more than that….as a Portsmouth guy – I’m thrilled we have historical landmarks such as the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and places all along various bodies of water to view them from.  The folks who happen to own this gorgeous parcel of land thought they’d take advantage of having the best of all worlds – and plopped some adirondack chairs along the waterfront to sit and watch the boats and the inactivity at the naval prison.  This particular afternoon didn’t warrant much lounging outside, but it didn’t stop me from daydreaming about it (and taking this picture).

The Lift | Memorial Bridge

Sometimes it pays to be stuck in line.  Just as I was heading over the bridge towards Kittery, I was 3rd in a long line of cars.  The red lights came on, and the lift began to climb – to make room for the Thomas Laighton harbor cruise that was heading out into the harbor.  Tis the season!