The more I take the time to appreciate the massive brick structure along the Piscataqua River, the more I’ve come to appreciate its nuanced architecture and location. The side of Harbour Place that fronts on Daniel Street has a very interesting curve to it – whether you’re looking up towards Daniel Street, or whether you’re heading towards the Memorial Bridge towards the water. I like how this shot has positioned the vibrant tree against the manmade structures of the old stoic Memorial Bridge and the newer Harbour Place. The large open blue sky isn’t the most fascinating element, but we haven’t had too much of it this spring, so it’s important to appreciate.
This week’s feature of the Portsmouth Museum of Art’s Street AKA Museum collaboration continues with the artist Shark Toof. At the Harbour Place marina, Shark Toof has made quite an impression on those who’ve seen it in person…utilizing a pretty fascinating painting process along the brick walls that line the wooden dock of the marina. I can only imagine how striking it must look from the water – especially if you’re not expecting to see it. Looking forward to getting back once the third shark is finalized…and to sharing more of the murals around the city through the rest of the week.
A new surprise on the Pleasant Street side of the Marple & James building made an appearance this afternoon in Portsmouth. After I got out of work in the afternoon, I was quite surprised to see someone making their mark on the wall with a ladder on site and everything. Pretty cool to see this going up in real time, and shocked I didn’t notice it sooner. I’m curious to see if it’s all done – and to hear more about how and why this art made its way to Pleasant Street.
Oftentimes we take for granted the fact that Portsmouth and the NH/ME seacoast played a vital role in the freedom of the United States. The area is rich with history, as it was originally a rich and successful port in the trading of various goods, with many Brits in the newly established colony and the convenient access to the Atlantic Ocean etc. not far.
It’s these various facts that seem to rise into my head when I see places such as Fort McClary in Kittery, Maine. When I see fortifications lining the coast such as these, I can imagine soldiers either waiting aimlessly for nothing to happen – or a concentration of people hunkered down, surrounded by tons of ammunition and ready for who knows what. I’m thankful that we still have some wonderful places to enjoy such as this…and others including Fort Stark in New Hampshire and others lining the coast from Maine to Massachusetts.
For today’s post, a much beloved greenhouse located in West Hartford, CT is featured. This was Waldo Case Bigelow’s pride and joy (yes – I am honored to say that I have my grandfather to thank for my middle name).
You wouldn’t guess from how it looks in the photos, but this greenhouse was lovingly and painstakingly maintained by my grandfather when he was still alive. The beautiful glass ceiling (its glass panels have since fallen through the frame) would glisten in the sun, and the contents were very much alive and immaculately maintained – with the trademark orchid delivered to all of the neighborhood women on Easter each year.
Although the original plants are long gone and the overgrown weeds and greenery can’t detract from the wonderful memories that our family has of this haven.
It has been a busy spring/summer for Strawbery Banke, I’m sure, with the visit of the Tall Ships over Memorial Day weekend and all of the in-season tourists and visitors that make their way into Portsmouth. I snapped a few shots of this colorful evening on the grounds of Puddle Dock in the midst of the historic buildings.
I’d been down to this set of public docks before – but never had I lucked out with such an interesting sunset over the Memorial Bridge, with enough daylight to make it a shot worth capturing and sharing. I love the numbers on the dock, and the fact that it’s still pretty quiet without too many boats tied up on the various spots…save for the bigger ones across the water here. Hope you enjoy this one – it’s one of my favorites from my walk on Monday evening.