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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.