Out for a Sail

There’s nothing like being out on the water at sunset.  I have a newly found appreciation for sailing, after enjoying a gorgeous afternoon out on the water in Saint Lucia.

This shot was actually taken from the land at Great Island Common – as I looked out into the harbor and enjoyed seeing the sailboats cruise around in the late afternoon sunlight.  There’s a nice simplicity in the coastal beauty…and the opportunities to get out and enjoy the ocean/rivers/etc. is the icing on the cake.

On Great Island Common

Great Island Common in New Castle, NH is a pretty gorgeous place.  Overlooking where the Atlantic Ocean and the Piscataqua River meets, it also features the view of two perfectly New England lighthouses – Whaleback Lighthouse and Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse.  Today’s post features the ring buoy (which I think is funny, because I can’t imagine someone being saved by this little guy – but I’m sure that I’ll be proven wrong (or already have been)) overlooking Whaleback Lighthouse as well as a closeup of the tower.  The shot above is a handheld 3-exposure creation taken with my lovely Carl Zeiss 21mm.

Waves | Whaleback Lighthouse

The early morning sea was churning the waves out in Portsmouth Harbor.  I was fortunate to have a 100mm-300mm lens to get a bit closer to the action as one of the waves did its best to rattle the massive stone lighthouse.  I love the iconic scene…I would love to get out during an intense storm to snap a shot with some bigger waves, but I wouldn’t have such nice early morning light.

Also – thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets to raise money for The Music Hall and the Portsmouth Museum of Art.  It’s important to support our local cultural destinations no matter how small the contributions.

Spring at the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion

This bright yellow mansion is a fixture on Portsmouth’s historic waterfront.  It’s the Wentworth-Coolidge mansion, and I’ve previously featured some shots of the massive anchor on its lawn that overlooks New Castle and the harbor. I decided to take a drive over to check out the lush green grass and see if I could find any new inspiration…and came across this large stone wall that framed the house nicely.  I also loved the colors of the sky…the rain was holding off just long enough to enjoy being outside and make for a moody sky.

Eugenia Moran at Sunset

Like James Brown was the hardest working man in showbusiness, this boat might be the hardestworking Tug in Portsmouth Harbor.  These things have unbelievable engines, and travel in pairs to guide the gigantic freighters through the windy and narrow Piscataqua River and through Portsmouth Harbor.  Stop in to visit the folks at Tugboat Alley on Bow Street to hear more history and about the innerworkings of the boats.  Lots of folks come down to the decks to enjoy a beverage (or two), or eat their ice cream on the city’s deck next to Poco’s and admire the tugboats.

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Naval Shipyard Prison

There has been an effort put forth within the last 18 months to find a willing party to restore this old decrepit prison located at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (in Kittery, ME).  The building was sort of the “Alcatraz of the East”, and I’ve heard it had a reputation of being pretty rugged.  A movie was filmed here as well with someone famous in it, whose name I can’t recall.  Another famous guy who served in the Navy was also a guard here.  I’ll try to update once I can find their names.  In the meantime, this would be a great redevelopment project if the numbers made sense and if the right businesses and/or residents come together in a way that’s in line with the property’s restrictions.  The state of disrepair is quite fascinating, go take a look when you have a chance.

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Whaleback Light in Portmsouth Harbor

The lighthouse seen in the distance is Whaleback Lighthouse located in Portsmouth Harbor.  The foreground is Great Island Common in Newcastle, NH.  Visible to the left side of the image is Fort Foster in Kittery, Maine.  Always a peaceful vantage point with a mix of activity from those visiting the island.

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The Working Harbor

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Much of Portsmouth’s charm can be attributed to the inherent intrigue in the Piscataqua River’s freighters and their stops at the city’s various ports.  These behemoths travel up and down the river (and under its working bridges) to deliver materials and to take them around the world.  Seeing one pass under one of the lift bridges is particularly stunning.  In Atlantic Heights, the topmost part of the boat actually reaches higher than the roof of my house.

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