The Commercial Fishing Fleet

One of the key parts of Portsmouth’s working waterfront is the fishing fleet that makes its home at the commercial fish pier off Peirce Island.  It’s pretty neat seeing the boats all stacked up sideways on the pier, maximizing the space.  I’ve mostly featured the other side of the pier as seen from Prescott Park – but I like the different vantage point and the moody and muted colors of the scene.

Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke

The holidays are a distant memory at this point, but I love this image taken on the grounds of Strawbery Banke during their annual Candlelight Stroll.  The subtle lighting along the pathways that navigate guests through the museum adds a nice element, especially at dusk and during the evenings.

Sunset from Kittery

The Piscataqua River Bridge is the dominant feature in this image taken from Great Cove Boat Club in Kittery, Maine.  The sunset was a fiery one and the late day blue light just barely illuminates the boats in the foreground as the bridge silhouette stands tall in the distance.

Foggy Portsmouth Waterfront

With the snowy weather of the past week and the drastic changes in temperature we’ve been having, the weather ends up giving us a few gems in terms of scenes with interesting light and dynamics. The sun was peeking out mid-day while the fog over the Middle Bridge and the downtown area was still strong.  The glassy look to the water helps make this mirrored scene a bit more interesting while the fog made sure it still had a few elements of mystery.

Ceres Street

Ceres Street is a beautiful little alleyway tucked between the Piscataqua River and Market Street, at the back of the rowhouses that line the street.  Centuries ago, the storefronts served as a way for shipping merchants to bring their goods directly into the buildings and warehouses…and now the buildings are occupied by people, retailers, restaurants, etc.  I love the brick feel and the narrow atmosphere.

Piscataqua River Fog

Winter is cold.  It’s supposed to be.  That doesn’t make it any easier, when it first arrives each year…and this year we’ve been lucky to have a very mild winter through the end of 2011.  This shot was taken on the first single-digit degree day (about 5 degrees at this point), and the air was so cold that the river was creating sea smoke.

Portsmouth Freighter Traffic | Winter 2012

One of my favorite times of year is winter, but not for the same reasons as many other New Englanders (like skiing, etc.).  Winter is one of my favorite times of year because of the increased commercial freighter traffic on our waterways…when on certain days I can be driving home for lunch, and spot massive ocean traveling ships by the pair.  In this mid afternoon shot, a freighter is docked at the Granite State Minerals terminal as well as the State terminal a bit further up river. The crystal clear blue skies are a bit of a departure from my usual moody skies and sunsets…hope you enjoy!