An old take on a familiar scene.
Not much snow remained on the Commercial Fish Pier on this particular evening. The scene is quiet in the evening hours with all the ships docked and at rest, before the captains head out in the pre-dawn mornings to find their catch. We’re all familiar with the picturesque side of the Fish Pier, but I wanted to feature the working aspect of it – reminding all of us that while the boats are lovely to look at, they also serve a vital purpose to our local economy.
One of the key parts of Portsmouth’s working waterfront is the fishing fleet that makes its home at the commercial fish pier off Peirce Island. It’s pretty neat seeing the boats all stacked up sideways on the pier, maximizing the space. I’ve mostly featured the other side of the pier as seen from Prescott Park – but I like the different vantage point and the moody and muted colors of the scene.
Portsmouth’s Working Waterfront is full of boats of all sizes. Mostly, I tend to feature freighters and tugboats, but let’s not forget about the fishermen who call the Commercial Fish Pier their home. We’re lucky to have people fishing out of our port, bringing fresh catches back to our restaurants and markets daily. Let’s hope they’re here for a long time to come.
Let’s start the week on a dramatic note. One of the things I love about storms, is that when they move through at just the right time, it leaves a window of incredible moodiness and drama while the sun sets or rises…with a great cloud cover, some open sky, and wonderful layers of light. This shot from Peirce Island overlooks the Commercial Fish Pier and a setting sun on the horizon.