Sunrise from Peirce Island

Here is another shot from sunrise on Saturday morning this past weekend.  Even though the forecasts called for clear skies…we were gifted with some interesting clouds that continued to change through the early morning light.

This shot was taken from the Peirce Island boat ramp, which is one of my favorite places to shoot from…and one of my favorite shots.  Even though getting up for sunrise is easily one of the crazier things I’ve done…it’s right in line with the early morning crew practices I used to do without hesitation – and I’m often rewarded with a decent shot or two, and the satisfaction that I got up to do something meaningful (even if it’s only meaningful to me).

An Evening at the Wentworth-Coolidge

The seacoast experienced a gorgeous sunset on Thursday evening.  After an event in New Castle at the Wentworth Marina – I was joined by another local photographer, Ron Risman of Cameratown.com.  We decided to head over to the sprawling Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion property on the back channel in Portsmouth…and despite the ridiculous mosquitoes that wanted us to pack it in for the night, we enjoyed some lush colors in the sky and some moonlight.

The shot above features the large yellow structure as it sits along the waterfront with some awesome summer hues.  The shot below was taken directly opposite from the sunset shot a bit later on – and features the gorgeous moonlight reflected on the water, with a little bit of jetty to spice it up.

For the camera techies out there – the shot above was a 5-exposure series (-2 to +2)…and the moonlight shot below was a 3-exposure set of brackets (-2 to +2).

From The Docks at Prescott Park

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.

Reflections on the Lake

Today is going to be a bit of a departure from the usual post.  Earlier this week, I was driving home from New Hampshire to where I grew up in Massachusetts.  It was a solemn drive, as my brother and I were heading to our parents’ house upon learning of the passing of my grandmother, Grace Heley Bigelow, earlier that morning.  The entire way home, the sky continued to get more colorful and more amazing…with blues, reds, pinks, and oranges all blending in the sky in beautiful fashion.  It was definitely a bright spot in the day.  About 15 minutes from home, we saw an opening and reflections of the sunset in a nearby lake – so we had to stop so that I could do my thing.  I was thrilled at the reward, a final gift from Grandma Grace.

Gram was one of my proudest supporters, asking for a copy of each individual business card that I had made for The Daily Portsmouth, each with a different photo on the back…and she was always delighted when I brought home a sample of something that had been published, or when I brought her a new photo.

It was amazing to make such a strong woman proud… even though her love was unconditional – if there was something she found unsuitable, she’d be the first to tell you to your face.  “You need a haircut; you need to lose weight; I don’t like it when you don’t shave”…these are just samples of some of the hysterical one-liners that she’d share.  That was just her, she’d tell you how it was, because she thought you should know.  This was largely how I knew her and remember my grandfather…they were a great pair in that respect.  However, it’s over the past few years when Gram lived with my parents that I came to know her in a more real way as an adult.  She was one of the happiest people I knew, very thankful for her family and her daughters, and one of the sweetest people you’d ever know.  She was sharp as a tack until her last breath, which she shared with her three beautiful daughters in the comfort of her home.  She lived a full life of 92 years, and taught me what it was to work hard and be strong, loving and caring, most of which I didn’t realize had roots in her, until recently.  I am so grateful for the time I’ve been able to spend with her over the past few years.  I will miss her terribly, and I know that I will share that feeling with everyone who was lucky enough to have her in their lives.

(Here is Grace meeting her great granddaughter Norah for the first time)

Mascot | Nassau & Middle Bridge

A large freighter by the name of Mascot from Nassau was docked at Portsmouth’s State Pier last week.  I caught this shot after the rain stopped for the night one of the evenings, which made for some great clouds and nice textures with the lighting.  I was loving the reflections of the lighting o the water in the river…and was glad to catch some last daylight.  The Piscataqua River Bridge and the Middle Bridge are seen in the distance.

An Evening on the Portsmouth Waterfront & A Big Announcement

Today’s shot features the Moran Towing tugboats from an angle that hasn’t been featured here in a long time – head on.  The Memorial Bridge makes an appearance at left, and the calmness of the water made for some great reflections  The Bow Street buildings as seen from the water have changed since the last time I featured a shot, with the Martingale Building gone – and the cement wall of the steel structure next door now visible.  It’s nice to see the tugs from one of my favorite spots again – a sure sign that it’s officially spring.  The Heritage of Portsmouth Harbor Cruises can be seen in the foreground.

Also, fresh on the heels of the site’s 1-year Anniversary, I have some exciting news to share with everyone!  Mark your calendars for this Friday (May 7th) evening at 7pm…for those of you in Maine, you’ll be able to see a feature of The Daily Portsmouth (and me) on the program “207” out of Portland, Maine!!

It will be airing on WCSH Channel 6, and also should be available for viewing on their website at http://www.wcsh6.com.  I was lucky & thrilled to have the opportunity to meet with the team at 207 a few weeks back and take them for a quick lunchtime tour of Portsmouth and give a little taste of how & why I do what I do. Looking forward to seeing how it comes out!

Reflections of the South End

The historic South End shimmers in its reflection on the back channel of the Piscataqua River.  The hot orange sun sets behind an ominous sky during the early spring of 2010.  I’m pretty sure I will never get sick of this view, especially when the reflections are so great.  The South Ward Meetinghouse is visible mid-frame along with Geno’s Chowder & Sandwich Shop.  A great evening to enjoy a sunset.

The Portsmouth Skyline in the Spring

The Portsmouth skyline, while modest in terms of cities, will always be a stunning sight to me.  Here you can see some of the low growth vegetation on the shore in Kittery, Maine across the Piscataqua River from Portsmouth’s waterfront.  They’re a bit eerie and orange, which is due to the orange lighting from underneath the Middle Bridge.  The familiar skyline sports the North Church (and its white reflection), the Memorial Bridge off to the left, and the State Pier off to the right.

Below you can see some buds on a tree with the Custom House in the background along with the North Church.

The South End from Peirce Island

Here’s another shot from the boat ramp on Peirce Island (easily one of my favorite spots to shoot from), what’s not to like with the historic South End across the water?  I thought I’d shoot the dock from a different angle for a change.  I liked the more pastel colors in this shot, it felt appropriate with the arrival of spring.