Another one of Portsmouth’s gems is the brick pathway that connects Market Street with Penhallow Street, which is known as Commercial Alley. The richness of all of the brick tones along with the unique trees and signage for the merchants along the alley make this a distinctively unique location.
This simple scene at Great Island Common in New Castle, NH is the favorite of many locals and many photographers. The tree in the distance is one of the most beautiful that I’ve ever seen, and has one of the best views of maybe any tree in the seacoast – perched on the Atlantic Ocean with views of Whaleback Lighthouse, Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse and the Isles of Shoals.
On a recent drive around the coast just before sunset, I decided to stop at Great Island Common to see how the day’s light looked out over the ocean. The tide allowed for some quick exploration along the rocks – enjoying the view of Whaleback Lighthouse in the distance. On an incredibly windy afternoon, the waves against Whaleback were less than I was hoping for – but still a beautiful scene.
In this image, rooftops in The South End (which have been here for decades – if not centuries), sit beneath tall afternoon clouds.
The Sarah Mildred Long Bridge [Middle Bridge] is now slated for replacement in the coming years. In this image, both the middle and the high level bridge sit beneath a massive cloud filled sky after a storm moved through the area. This is one of my favorite spots to watch the weather due to its elevation and wide open viewing area, which usually leaves a beautiful sky in the wake of the storm.
I was looking through some of my photos from when I first got my digital camera and started The Daily Portsmouth. At times I was astonished at how similar my editing and compositions can be, but really enjoyed seeing how far my eye and tastes have come since originally committing to getting out more often to capture Portsmouth and the seacoast.
I was struck when I found this image of the old Memorial Bridge – mostly because now that I’m used to the new bridge, I am also used to its streamlined profile and lower height over my car. The old bridge was significantly taller as you can see and feel in this image. I’ll always miss this rusting beauty, but I am also a big fan of the new bridge now that it’s complete. It always takes my breath away (sometimes literally, sometimes figuratively) when I walk over the Piscataqua River on a bridge…whether old or new.
One of my favorite parts of Portsmouth is the area near the waterfront along Ceres Street, which runs parallel to Market Street, with its intensely tall buildings (as felt from Ceres Street) that seem to make a person feel more connected with the abutting waterfront. In this photo, taken from one end of the area, The Oar House is featured with its maroon street front entrance.