A Night On The Waterfront

From a distance, a night on the waterfront in Portsmouth seems tranquil and inviting.  This same scene from the decks themselves reveals a busy and vibrant night life, where it’s normal to have to wait for a table – but it’s usually all worth it if you can time it perfectly and enjoy a summer sunset out over the Piscataqua River on a warm night.

South End Sunset

One evening a couple weeks back, my wife and I decided to head to BG’s Boat House for a summer evening dinner.  On our way home on Route 1B, we were greeted by tall clouds that hid the sunset – but didn’t hide the soft orange glow in the sky.

Waterfront Vista | From Kittery

A vista of downtown Portsmouth and its historic Ceres Street and Bow Street waterfronts.  The dark and ominous sky made for a moody scene – but didn’t keep a few rays of sunlight from reaching through.


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.

Early Dawn and the South End Waterfront

The Early Dawn sits docked next to a mountain of lobster traps with Portsmouth’s South End Waterfront in the background. This weekend I decided to venture out in search of inspiring views – and decided to shoot this familiar scene mid-day thanks to the layer of clouds. I love the range of colors in the scene, from the rich red of the boat to the peach and yellow homes in the distance and the blue blanket of sky overhead.

The Portsmouth Waterfront

The Portsmouth waterfront along Bow Street is a unique little spot in this world.  In the summertime, it is a lively and bustling place filled with restaurant patrons and good food & beverage, usually with a gorgeous waterfront sunset and a front row seat to industrial river traffic.

As seen from Maine, the waterfront is a more peaceful and distant place.  This was taken following an intense thunderstorm in the late afternoon, with towering clouds hovering over the city.  The Martingale Wharf can be seen mid-construction with its iron framing in plain site, after the original building was demolished.