Mary M. Coppedge | Tugboats of Portsmouth


The Mary M. Coppedge stands tall in front of the Martingale Wharf building and the construction of the new Memorial Bridge. I love this time of day when the orange lights that adorn the sides of the tugs take on an eerie glow – in this shot they nearly match the orange glow of the homes in the building on the waterfront in the background.


The Rising of The Memorial Bridge

This image is a bit dated already, as the reconstruction of the Memorial Bridge continues to go very swiftly.  The north span is now in place on the Kittery shorefront, and the towers continue to rise.  I’m excited to be able to walk the bridge this summer and to shoot the fully completed view from Prescott Park.

Bow Street at Market Street

I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably say it another thousand times.  The curve of the buildings along Bow Street is a beautiful thing, demonstrating the curve in the Piscataqua River as seen from land.  As captured in this image, Market Street and Bow Street are busy places, usually the most fun places to be during warmer weather – evidenced by the steady flow of pedestrians.  I loved the lighting and the summery mood in this image, and enjoyed seeing peoples’ reaction to the cars as they navigate the streets.  Portsmouth is great for people watching all times of year, but especially when the people start coming out of the woodwork in the spring months.

The Fish Pier and The Bridge

Today features another shot from the South End of Portsmouth, this time from Mechanic Street looking towards the Fish Pier and the Peirce Island Bridge. The cloud formation above the power lines together with the ripples in the water in the foreground help frame out the scene.

South End Sunset

Without a cloud in the sky, I didn’t know what I’d find for sunset and I didn’t have any plan on where I’d be heading.  Before the light fully retreated for the day, my route took me through the waterfront along the South End and then to Peirce Island before a final stop at the Wentworth Mansion.  I love this part of town and any view from any angle usually captures its beauty, but like many others – I always find myself coming back to the bridge to Peirce Island.  We’re so ridiculously lucky to have so many resources so close to us, including the outdoor swimming pool in the summer and Four Tree Island for picnics and such, all within a short walk from town.

The Old Ferry Landing

The Old Ferry Landing is one of Portsmouth’s waterfront gems, with a front row seat to the waterfront activity and a great view of the tugboats.  During the winter, however, it’s one of the most quiet parts of town – often hammered by strong winds and snow drifts, always a few degrees colder than the rest of town (this usually makes for good shooting and quiet scenes).

Snowy Street


The latest blizzard has come and gone, leaving a significant impact on Portsmouth and its downtown streets and sidewalks.  Nearly impassable in places, the snow has brought a calm and distinct lack of cars and foot traffic throughout town – leaving me with great photographic opportunities.  Here’s a shot from the outskirts of Strawbery Banke just off State Street, with some old historic homes and someone enjoying an afternoon walk.


Morning on Bow Street

Bow Street is most frequently shown from the view at the top of the hill – where you can see the historic buildings that follow the curve of the Piscataqua River frontage.  On a morning walk, I decided to capture what I thought was also a beautiful moment in time.  It just so happens, that this view probably also hasn’t changed too dramatically in my lifetime – and maybe in decades.  Downtown Portsmouth is an awesome place.


Strawbery Banke and The North Church

Strawbery Banke is one of the places you can visit in Portsmouth and be brought back in time. The interiors of the structures provide the look and feel of life decades and even centuries ago.  At just the right vantage point in the museum’s field, you can see nearly the entire top half of the North Church steeple framed perfectly by the buildings in the foreground.