Clouds Over the Memorial Bridge Towers

Many people have been wondering what Portsmouth’s waterfront might look like without the Memorial Bridge.  I’m one of those people too, …while I’m sure that day will come, I’ll be sure to take as many photos of the historic structure as I can in the meantime.

Tonight’s sunset was simply beautiful, with the gift of tall storm clouds from earlier in the evening together with vibrant sun rays…add in a decrepit bridge, and you’ve got a pastel beauty.  There will be plenty more shots over the next week featuring some intense cloud formations (and maybe even a brief video).

Memorial Bridge Railing & The Standard Hotel Miami

Today’s post is short and sweet.  Yet another take on Harbor Place from the Memorial Bridge seen above…from the warmer archives of April.  The majestic, yet deteriorating bridge is critical to both the Kittery, ME and the Portsmouth, NH economies and residents of both communities. As sad as it is, the fate of the bridge continues to be unknown as all of the needed funds haven’t yet been set aside for its desperately needed renovations.

Below is a little taste of what I think all of us New Englanders could use in mid-January, a taste of a Miami waterfront resort – poolside.  The shot was taken at The Standard Hotel | Miami (also known as the Lido Spa Hotel), overlooking their gorgeous infinity pool on the oceanfront.  I was lucky enough to spend the weekend in Florida getting some sunshine and remembering what warm weather was like, thanks to a certain special someone.

Sunrise at the Memorial Bridge

Today’s post includes two of my favorite shots of the Memorial Bridge.  The first shot was taken on the morning of many other sunset shots you’ve seen here at The Daily Portsmouth, with a few more to follow in the future. Not happy with the original framing, I took it down to the square crop you see here.  It was easily one of the most beautiful mornings I’ve ever witnessed. I really need to wake up early and do it more often….although it definitely helps when the weather is a bit warmer and more cooperative.

Below is one of the first “self portrait” shots I’ve done around town (I think I picked this signature move up from my dad, who is one of the culprits responsible for getting me into photography).  You wouldn’t guess it, but it’s the road grate of the Memorial Bridge. (Click image for a full size of the grate in all its green & rusty glory)

Evening Glow on the Memorial Bridge

With all of the winter and night pics recently, I thought it was time to bring back some snow free vistas and some sunshine. This shot is from earlier in December where I happened to catch a nice subtle sunset glow on the abutments of the Memorial Bridge. Soon we’ll be seeing the new building begin to take shape in the right part of the image…as the former Pier II restaurant site undergoes its transformation into the new structure that is said to mirror the feel of a grain storage warehouse from the 19th century. Check out an article in the Herald with renderings of the new building here: CONSTRUCTION BEGINS AT PIER II.