The Wentworth Coolidge Mansion sits poised atop the wintry banks of the Back Channel in the Piscataqua River.
This bright yellow mansion is a fixture on Portsmouth’s historic waterfront. It’s the Wentworth-Coolidge mansion, and I’ve previously featured some shots of the massive anchor on its lawn that overlooks New Castle and the harbor. I decided to take a drive over to check out the lush green grass and see if I could find any new inspiration…and came across this large stone wall that framed the house nicely. I also loved the colors of the sky…the rain was holding off just long enough to enjoy being outside and make for a moody sky.
The historic South End shimmers in its reflection on the back channel of the Piscataqua River. The hot orange sun sets behind an ominous sky during the early spring of 2010. I’m pretty sure I will never get sick of this view, especially when the reflections are so great. The South Ward Meetinghouse is visible mid-frame along with Geno’s Chowder & Sandwich Shop. A great evening to enjoy a sunset.
Here’s another shot from the boat ramp on Peirce Island (easily one of my favorite spots to shoot from), what’s not to like with the historic South End across the water? I thought I’d shoot the dock from a different angle for a change. I liked the more pastel colors in this shot, it felt appropriate with the arrival of spring.
Charles Warren Brewster’s portrait hangs above a dresser in the Wentworth Gardner House that overlooks the back channel in Portsmouth’s South End. I love all of the rich details in the various elements in this shot – the colors and the texture of the wooden bureau, the finely aged book cover and its shadow, the knitted piece, and the fine detail of the wallpaper.
On top of the dresser is the book that C.W. Brewster wrote entitled “Rambles About Portsmouth”…I’ve just learned of the book today for the first time, but I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a copy and reading up…sounds like it’s rich with “historic sketches”.
Stay tuned for a more detailed post on the Wentworth Gardner House later this week and more shots from my visit.