On The Decks (Summer in Portsmouth)

On The Decks (Summer in Portsmouth)

In the heart of winter amidst bitter cold and multiple feet of snow – it’s always nice to remember the warmer days in Portsmouth.  Summertime is filled with great outdoor activities of entirely different kinds (no jackets/mittens/hats required) – and with many options for having a drink out on the waterfront (complete with an amazing view of sunset).  Here’s to warmer days!

The Memorial Bridge in The Snow

The Memorial Bridge in The Snow

You can’t see too many snowflakes here because of the long exposure, but this image was taken late in the evening as the snowstorm was winding down this past weekend.  It was a pretty cool scene to enjoy during the storm with the lighting – especially with the quiet that set out over town as people hunkered down and stayed inside. The LED lighting overpowers the scene with the long exposure, but I like the star-like appearance of the light itself – so I decided this one is a keeper.

Skating at Puddle Dock Pond at Strawbery Banke

Skating at Puddle Dock Pond at Strawbery Banke

It has been amazing to see the vision of some dedicated and passionate locals come to life!  The folks behind Puddle Dock Pond fought a long/hard battle to see this project through, and as I have heard many people say since it’s opening – it is hard to imagine that such a phenomenal and quintessentially New England winter venue wasn’t here sooner.  I can’t wait to bring my family down for a skate once our little one is big enough to don a pair of ice skates!  In the meantime we’ll settle for enjoying the fun from the sidelines topped off with a hot chocolate next door.  A sincere THANK YOU to those who donated time and money to make sure that this project saw the light of day.  It is amazing to have another great winter activity right here in our own back yard!

Braving The Cold at Great Island Common

Braving The Cold at Great Island Common

In yet another surreal scene at Great Island Common in New Castle, a fishing boat heads out to sea amidst a golden scene of sea smoke at Whaleback Lighthouse.  I have another take on the scene in a vertical layout that I’ll save for later in the week – but I continue to be amazed each morning that I head out for sunrise with the gifts of winter at work in the natural world.

Whaleback Sunrise

Whaleback Sunrise

Another frigid morning in coastal New Hampshire filled with fresh light and the promise of a new day.  I couldn’t settle on where I wanted to venture out to for a cold sunrise on a Saturday morning, and decided that if the conditions were great at Great Island Common that I would be kicking myself when I got home and didn’t shoot there.  When I arrived it was a beautiful but underwhelming scene at first (in comparison to last week’s incredible show) – but once the sun rose over the horizon, everything changed for me.  It was a little too cold for my hands to be quick in shooting with 2 sets of gloves, but I had a great morning and enjoyed watching this scene unfold once again!