Portsmouth Beneath Fresh Snow

Portsmouth Beneath Fresh Snow on Thanksgiving Day

This winter’s first snowstorm left just in time to leave behind a beautiful coating of fresh snow beneath clear skies.  The earliest light of the morning was the most intense with the base of the clouds lit up with bright oranges and pinks, but by the time I made it over to the Kittery waterfront for a clear view of the Portsmouth skyline, the clouds had almost entirely blown out to sea.  It was a real treat to watch the skies change and the clouds clear out and transition into a beautiful day.  I have very much to be thankful for this year and this was one more reminder as I headed home to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family.

Magical Sunset in Market Square

Magical Sunset in Market Square

This was an incredible surprise on the eve of 2014’s first major snowstorm (according to the forecast) – a warm red sky with the bottom of the clouds kissed by the setting sun as the downtown lights began to brighten.

The Lighthouse at Sunrise

The Lighthouse at Sunrise

Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse sits along the New Hampshire coastline in New Castle – within the confines of Fort Constitution.  Some of the lasting colors of fall can be seen on the Maine side of the river behind the lighthouse, complimenting the red roofs of the fort.

Calm Waters of the Piscataqua

Calm Waters of the Piscataqua

It’s not often that the powerful waters of the Piscataqua River appear to be so calm.  A late afternoon visit to one of my favorite Portsmouth scenes revealed a peaceful scene of the Moran Towing tugboats.