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!
Tugboats in the Snow
With the return of winter, snow is inevitable. Based on this fact – I always make it a point to get out and enjoy my favorite scenes regardless of the weather – and this shot of the Moran Towing tugboats in the snow was my reward during one stormy day in 2012.
This has long been one of my favorite vantage points of the historic South End neighborhood. In this image, a snowy south end basks in soft early morning light a few days after the first storms of the season.
The Great Cove Boat Club sits just beneath the I-95 bridge over the Piscataqua River. It was freshly covered with plenty of snow in this panoramic image, and the muted sky and snow colors helped to make the scarce colors in the scene pop. Be sure to click this one to see it large to fully appreciate the detail in the scene!
The Old Ferry Landing is one of Portsmouth’s waterfront gems, with a front row seat to the waterfront activity and a great view of the tugboats. During the winter, however, it’s one of the most quiet parts of town – often hammered by strong winds and snow drifts, always a few degrees colder than the rest of town (this usually makes for good shooting and quiet scenes).
On a foggy evening in Market Square, I decided to take advantage of dry weather and the moody winter landscape. The lighting allowed for long exposures and the street traffic brought the scene to a whole new level – as the headlights accentuated the curves in the buildings and the streets.
Bow Street is one of my favorite streets in all of Portsmouth, for many reasons. One of the reasons is the beautiful curve that the street takes from the Memorial Bridge towards Market Street, highlighting the curve of the waterfront and the decks that adorn the opposite side of the buildings seen in this panoramic photo.