Coastline at Great Island Common

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.

Whaleback Lighthouse at Dusk

Whaleback Lighthouse is one of the seacoast’s icons, standing guard at the mouth of the Piscataqua River in the Atlantic Ocean.  Its stone construction is beautiful and unique – built to withstand the rugged storms that can hit the atlantic.  This cold evening was a bit boring, but with a long exposure the color of the water and the horizon make for a soothing blend.

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.

Great Island Common & The Memorial Bridge

The departure of the Memorial Bridge was fun to watch, and certainly a once in a lifetime endeavor.  I still can’t get over how funny it seemed to watch a 2 million pound lift span floating out towards the ocean, past Whaleback Lighthouse and the other Seacoast landmarks along the way.  I wanted to also be sure to capture some interesting scenes beside the span itself floating away – and this shot from Great Island Common was one that I loved the composition of once I got home to review my shots.  Hope you enjoy it too.