I missed the amazing rainbow that graced Portsmouth with its presence last week, but I was happy to find another one last evening as I was heading home from work. Above, the rainbow ends above the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Below, the rainbow is seen with the South End waterfront with another faint rainbow forming above it.
The Memorial Bridge Lift span has officially left the building (well, the seacoast…)! A stroke of pure timing had me heading down State Street in time to notice a helicopter overhead, and a crowd of people heading towards the waterfront. I decided to investigate – and was rewarded with the scene above. The lift span heading out towards Portsmouth Harbor.
I also decided to head to New Castle so I could see the bridge float past the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse on the coast, and also past Whaleback out in the harbor. It’s nice to finally have closure on this portion of the project, and not worry about missing timeframes and capturing big moments. I’ve got a few more images featuring the Naval Prison and a better closeup of Whaleback – but until then, enjoy today’s images. Be sure to click them to see them large!
I’m always writing about why I feature a certain image, or about the story behind it. I thought today I’d start to try something new – what do you like about this image? Is it a connection to the place, the view, the weather? I’d be curious to hear what you might write if you were putting together today’s post with the above image from Prescott Park – featuring the public docks.
You have to click this one to see it large. The submarine that is docked in port at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is being hosed off as the shipyard glows in the late day sunlight underneath some colorful and fluffy clouds. What a serene scene and a nice portrait of the colorful cranes on the Maine horizon.
This old structure has a nice perch over the Piscataqua and a first class view of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The Sheafe Warehouse was constructed in Portsmouth’s shipping heyday back when sailing was the predominant way to travel. They do an excellent job of keeping the structure in good repair, and each year they have an art opening inside that is pretty cool and rustic. The commercial fish pier is in the background, and looks like it is going to be gobbled by the structure and its reflection.
If you see this image – you’ll probably wonder whether the pot of gold is really located at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery. This night was simply incredible – the sky was ridiculously dynamic, changing from rain soaked and grey to sunny to ominous, and a rainbow even made an appearance in there at some point. It was awesome to watch unfold, and I was very thankful to be there with camera in hand. I just wish I’d brought my tripod along for the fun, but as I mentioned earlier in the week – you have to learn to make do with what you’ve got sometimes. Improvisation can make for some creative and fun shoots.
This shot captures the mood of the past week and its weather – washed out, muted and yet serene. This long exposure is lacking any cloud movement or fascinating elements to make it stand out incredibly, but that’s why I like it. The simple softness of the flowing water and the lack of color aside from the sign painted on the shipyard building, making readers aware of its birth in 1800.