Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Prison

I thought it might be time to revisit the old and decrepit, yet still frightening, Naval Shipyard Prison.  The sky was about as crystal clear as you could ask for – which isn’t a good thing for my intentions here…but it highlighted the contrast of the structure against the moving Piscataqua River and the sky above.  I imagine this was a pretty horrific place to be holed up as either a guard or a prisoner, and as I learn each time I take a harbor cruise – there were reportedly commands to shoot any escapees on sight as they fled the prison.  (Sounds like a pretty rugged place to me).

I love the textures and the atmosphere that this lens is giving to each shot….it’s been a challenge and a pleasure to try and find appropriate subjects to shoot with it, and good conditions that either make for good drama or just something to make your eyes happy.  I’m sad to see the days shortening – but it should make for some good night photography as I’m forced once again out of my comfort zone while out shooting.

Naval Prison Sunset

The setting sun disappears behind one of the abutments of the Memorial Bridge.  The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Prison can be seen to the right….I loved how the sun was glinting off the water and on the sand in the foreground…another photo to follow from this scene later today!

Mary E. Prescott Pier | Prescott Park

Prescott Park is one of Portsmouth’s true gems, a beautiful waterfront park full of benches, places to admire the bridges, naval shipyard, botanical gardens, etc.  The land was donated to the City to serve as a park for residents and tourists to enjoy access to the waterfront.

I need to do some homework on just when and how the Prescott sisters donated the land to the City, but I do know for sure that they did – and that their legacy will live a long time.  This pier doesn’t do Mary the justice she deserves.

Mary E. Prescott Pier | Prescott Park

Prescott Park is one of Portsmouth’s true gems, a beautiful waterfront park full of benches, places to admire the bridges, naval shipyard, botanical gardens, etc.  The land was donated to the City to serve as a park for residents and tourists to enjoy access to the waterfront.

I need to do some homework on just when and how the Prescott sisters donated the land to the City, but I do know for sure that they did – and that their legacy will live a long time.  This pier doesn’t do Mary the justice she deserves.