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.
Along The Coast in Rye
After checking out the Sunken Forest in Rye, I took the long way home and drove along the coastline. As I drove back, these awesome clouds continued to form and move over the ocean just off the shoreline – and when I got to one of my favorite spots, I had to stop to take a few shots. I never get sick of the natural beauty we get to enjoy here on New Hampshire’s seacoast.
Dusk at Great Island Common
It’s truly amazing how much access that we have to the waterfront here on New Hampshire’s seacoast. There are many coastlines around the country that are filled to the max with beautiful homes, restricting the general public from enjoying the ocean’s natural beauty. Among our great parks and waterfront vistas, New Castle’s Great Island Common ranks as one of my favorites. It’s a spot to enjoy lighthouses, picnics, swings, and the rocky coastline.
Land & Sea
On the coast in Rye, NH, land meets sea. The little point of land that juts out into the ocean was just barely accessible at high tide, and many people were there taking advantage. You can find traces of human amidst the frame here as people wandered about and enjoyed being in the midst of the ocean. The long exposure lends an airiness and emptiness to the scene.
Nubble Lighthouse in the Rain
New England has some iconic lighthouses that dot its coastline. We’re lucky here in New Hampshire to be close to many of them, including Nubble Lighthouse pictured here. One of my favorite things to do when I have guests in town is to bring them up to Nubble Light to see the power of the ocean and watch the waves beat up on the island lighthouse and get a good taste of the New England experience. This particular afternoon was pretty dreary, but it didn’t stop us from making the trek and standing out to watch for a good long while.
Trees at Great Island Common
The Marsh | Rye Coastline
The coastline has many gorgeous nooks and crannies. Usually I turn my attention to the short and rocky coastline for images, but I’ve been dying to get a nice shot of a marsh with a glorious sunrise or sunset behind it. The afternoon I made it out to shoot most recently only had clouds and mist to share…so I had to make due. I love the dark mood of the shot, still vibrant thanks to the lush greenery throughout the frame.
Springtime at Rye Beach
Another beachfront image from the serene coast in Rye, New Hampshire (courtesy of the Hasselblad). I love the subtle and natural tones of this shot, and the rich contrasty details – all set off nicely by the smurf-blue house with the oceanfront view. I was going back and forth with what to post for the image today…and decided to stick with this week’s decidedly “water” theme. I hope you enjoy – and stay tuned for some architecture and streetscape images next week.
Eastern Point Lighthouse | Gloucester, MA
Here are more shots featured from the jaw-dropping sunset I enjoyed while checking out the Eastern Point Lighthouse on the southern point of Gloucester, MA. The late afternoon’s sunlight was incredible, despite being just after 4pm, thanks to the angle of the sun early in the day. The jetty was pretty cool, though Chris and I never strayed too far from the lighthouse itself. The tower and light of a lighthouse always fascinate me – so I was sure to get a closer shot…which will be featured this weekend!
The Marginal Way | Ogunquit, Maine
On a Veterans Day visit to Perkins Cove and the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine, my brother and I were greeted with some fierce ocean waves and gorgeous sunlight. The waves were so big in fact, that when I set up my tripod in the parking lot, as I was framing a shot with my eye in the viewfinder – I was actually soaked with the spray from the waves hitting the rock wall. (Yes, soaked…so badly in fact that a couple walking by offered to get paper towels from their car to save my camera!)
The scenery didn’t lend itself to HDR imagery with the churning of the ocean, but the late day sunlight was so rich in color that I kept shooting and shooting with all the variety in the textures of the water and the coastline. Plenty of shots from this trip…hope to get back during sunrise some day to catch the gorgeous morning sunlight as it reaches the east coast.