A Timeless Scene at The Fish Pier

Another image from the familiar scene at Portsmouth’s Commercial Fish Pier in the South End.  Looming in the background is the North Church and to the far left you can spot The Music Hall’s theater roofline.  I decided to take a more classic approach to this scene, as I imagine it hasn’t changed much in the past few decades.

Evening at The Fish Pier

One of the best places to go for a walk in Portsmouth is at Prescott Park.  The park provides so many opportunities to enjoy beautiful and industrial waterfront scenes all year long, and lush gardens in the warmer months.  I decided to head over to Four Tree Island late one afternoon for sunset, but didn’t find much in the way of color or intrigue in the sky – so I focused instead on the beauty of this classic New England scene – complete with a commercial fishing fleet a steeple, and The Player’s Ring.

Rainy Day at the Fish Pier

During a rainy day in Portsmouth, I decided to go for a walk through Prescott Park.  It had been a very long time since I went on a stroll to take photos.  Lately I’ve found myself shooting based on where I happen to be, without setting out to take photos.  I decided to take a panoramic shot of the fish pier – be sure to click this one to see it large.  The fleet is quiet late in the day, but this will all change in a matter of hours when sunrise rolls around at the beginning of a new day.

Commercial Fishing Fleet of Portsmouth

Making the best of a cloudless evening isn’t always easy – but it’s usually fun, especially when water and reflections are available.  Here, two of the vessels of Portsmouth’s commercial fishing fleet are docked on a very quiet and calm Piscataqua River. The Naval Prison and the shipyard can be seen in the background.  I love the calm and very “New England” feel of the scene.

The Fish Pier & The Waterfront

Today’s image features the commercial fishing pier and its fleet as seen from the Peirce Island Bridge.  As I was out and about this past weekend, I decided to stop at the boat ramp, which is one of my favorite places, and I realized that this view captured so much of what I’ve been writing about recently.  The current Gundalow is docked at the left part of the frame, the Memorial Bridge stands tall in the distance (making it easy to imagine its simplified replacement guarding the opening to the port, and the rugged fishing fleet idles after a long morning out at sea.


The Fleet | Portsmouth's Working Waterfront

If this photo feels a bit warmer to you than the recent snow-laden images, it’s because it was taken on a gorgeously warm summer evening in August.  The commercial fish pier looks more like a postcard than a working portion of Portsmouth’s waterfront when it’s sandwiched between the green water and the orange and blue sky at sunset.

Dusk at the Fish Pier

I felt like I’d been neglecting Prescott Park lately so I made a point to head down this past week.  I ended up spending nearly all my time on one of the piers…and I didn’t quite mind that I didn’t do much other shooting, the pastel colors of the sky were so interesting.  I also love this scene – it seems like there’s always a different array of boats, and I’m drawn to the reflection of the evening lights on the water.