The Window

This solitary window on the side of the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse opens my imagination to what it must have been like to be a lighthouse keeper back in the old days.  What a view to survey the waterfront and enjoy all the water traffic, especially when old freighters or old cutter ships made their way upriver towards the Portsmouth docks or further upriver to Dover.  I went with a black & white processing on this shot, as the grey skies didn’t present much interesting color, but it simplified the shot down to what really mattered to me – the interesting curve of the sheathing around the tower and the window.

Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

A simple shot of a perfectly New England scene – Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse at dusk.  The day’s last night is just kissing the window of the lighthouse as it watches over Portsmouth Harbor.  Kittery can be seen in the distance with some of the late afternoon’s rich sunlight hitting the homes on the shore.  Another shot from the inspiring Great Island Common in New Castle.

The Staircase | Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

As I wrote yesterday, New Hampshire has the smallest coastline of any oceanfront state in the US.  One of the treasures along our coast is the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse.  I decided to head over to the open house hosted by the Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse.  These great folks host an open house on Sundays throughout the summer…and I was happy to take advantage.  I’d been to a tour a few years back before I bought my beloved Canon 5d Mark II….and had been itching to get back to shoot the interior ever since.  Since the lighthouse is located on an active Coast Guard station, it had pretty tight security due to the significance of this somber weekend.

The lighthouse is just awesome…I’ll stay away from the technical aspects of the lighthouse and encourage you to take a tour to hear more about it.  The staircase is a marvel as seen from below with its rich brick walls and industrial stairs.  I’ll feature more from my stop later in the week…but for now I’ll let you enjoy the stairs and the window.

The Walkway at Great Island Common

I’ve always enjoyed my sunset stops over at Great Island Common in New Castle.  I was struck by the gorgeous orange glow of sunset this particular night, with not much going on in the sky for clouds…it still managed to be a subtle yet stunning sunset.  The light was hitting this walkway so it was catching parts of the wood – so I headed right over.  I am always a fan of symmetry, so when a scene presents itself like this – I go for it with the shot.

One of the neat parts about this particular image is the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse that is tucked under the railing on its left side.

Cloudy Afternoon at Great Island Common

I didn’t let the rainy day on Saturday morning keep me from making a quick trip over to Great Island Common to see what I might find.  I found a steady drizzle and some interesting clouds – and Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse across the way.  A subtle shot….later this week I’ll feature a video I made of little snippets of the water rolling on shore and some other neat seacoast scenes.  It was too bad the sun didn’t want to break for a minute or two while I was out there – I guess I’ll just have to head back.

Winter at Fort Constitution

Fort Constitution has a stoic feel to it, appropriate for a location first fortified in 1632 for the early New Englanders. Read up more on the site here.  The fort is home to the US Coast Guard and Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, a regular fixture here at The Daily Portsmouth, and one of my favorite landmarks of the seacoast.  The shot below is a view of the Fort from Great Island Common in New Castle.

Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

All 48 feet of the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse loom large in this shot during a rainstorm earlier this summer. You can almost feel the texture of the lighthouse’s cast iron skin. Visit PortsmouthHarborLighthouse.org to read up on the history of the lighthouse and see when the tours start back up (not until the weather warms up in May).

Fresh Snow at Strawbery Banke & Portsmouth Harbor Light

Today’s shots feature Strawbery Banke with some freshly fallen snow. Above is a panoramic shot of the museum campus and the former Puddle Dock neighborhood with the North Church visible in the background.  Below is another shot from my  trip to Fort Constitution, where you can see just how cold the Fort’s stone wall is with the ice built up from the snow and sea spray. View on large for a nice crisp shot of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse (you can even see Whaleback Light in the distance). The fresh snow definitely made for a lovely walk on Monday afternoon.

Fresh Snow at Strawbery Banke & Portsmouth Harbor Light

Today’s shots feature Strawbery Banke with some freshly fallen snow. Above is a panoramic shot of the museum campus and the former Puddle Dock neighborhood with the North Church visible in the background.  Below is another shot from my  trip to Fort Constitution, where you can see just how cold the Fort’s stone wall is with the ice built up from the snow and sea spray. View on large for a nice crisp shot of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse (you can even see Whaleback Light in the distance). The fresh snow definitely made for a lovely walk on Monday afternoon.

Portsmouth Harbor Light In the Snow

With the arrival of the snowstorm this weekend, I had the unique opportunity to go adventuring around the seacoast (since the storm kept me from traveling)…and though it wasn’t really all that adventurous, I did have to sort of sneak around Fort Constitution to try and get some better shots of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse in the snow, as it’s a scene I’ve wanted to capture. (They don’t let you over near the actual lighthouse during the offseason, which I didn’t know until I arrived, so I tried to climb whatever I could or sneak through the little holes in the wall to get a better glimpse.)

I’ll have a few more of the lighthouse in the gallery in the coming days, and more shots from the rest of the day around New Castle and downtown. Snapped more construction shots too of the Residence Inn, which is now adorned with brick, and also some of the former Portsmouth Herald building – as always, stay tuned for more. (And don’t forget to click the images for larger views!)