The Sheafe Warehouse

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.

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Rainbow over the Memorial Bridge

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.

Rain at the Shipyard

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.

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

One of the seacoast’s largest economic drivers is the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.  The shipyard employs a tremendous amount of workers and pays them handsome sums of money, which fuels the growth of our local economy.  This world class facility operates on nuclear submarines right in our own back yard, which is both a fascinating and horrifying fact given the potential for nuclear disaster.  Much of the shipyard remains a mystery for security reasons, and you can only gain access from two gates on land in Kittery, but it is an imposing neighbor with beautiful industrial appeal.  In this shot, two Coast Guard cutters are docked on shore in front of the Naval Shipyard Prison (Alcatraz of the East) and beneath some quickly moving clouds illuminated by the setting sun.

Four Tree Island | Closed for the Season

Closed for the Season.  This is what the little signs read on the bathrooms on Four Tree Island.  The little building stands quietly in the center of the island that’s sandwiched between the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, the Commercial Fish Pier, Prescott Park and the Memorial Bridge.  I hardly ever take advantage of the wide open view that this vantage point provides towards so many of our local iconic scenes.  This particular evening, the island was incredibly windy (especially under the maiden statue on the shore of the island).  The solace is something that disappears pretty quickly as soon as the weather warms up.

Harbour Place & The Bridge

Harbour Place may have one of the best views of the waterfront traffic on the Piscataqua River and the Memorial Bridge in all of Portsmouth.  This shot was taken from the balcony of the building next door.  I was fascinated by the window washing equipment set up on the side of the building that I’d never noticed previously…and love the rich tones of the sky with the cloud cover and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in the distance. A wonderfully foggy afternoon.

The Shack

This is one of my favorite spots along the waterfront in Prescott Park.  The little shack probably serves as a place to reserve a boat slip during warmer months, though I have never seen anyone inside…but this time of year it’s most definitely limited to being a good subject for photos and maybe a good place to dodge the wind.  This very cold scene is one that will always remind me of my one of my absolute favorite places in the world to go for a walk.  In the distance you can see the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as well.