Ode to Summer

Labor Day commemorates the end of the summer season as school starts back up and the weather takes a turn for the cooler.  While this past weekend was gorgeous, I’m wondering where summer went?  This summer was perfect by nearly all measures…except that the shots from the past week represent my only trip to the beach this year.  Fitting that the last post for the summer season is the sun setting over a couple beachfront homes in Rye, NH.  Hopefully we’ll have some great warm days before it’s officially autumn and the leaves start to fall…and even though I’m eager for the cooler nights…I’ll miss the long days filled with air conditioning and sandals.

Sunset at the Beach

As Hurricane Earl heads up the Atlantic coastline – I thought I’d head to the beach to see what the waves were looking like (with all the talk about closing beaches, I figured it might be worth a visit).  The waves were definitely churning powerfully – but they really weren’t anything too remarkable.

What I did find was a gorgeous sky, a nice cool breeze coming off the water, a thin fog, and a ton of people (& their dogs) enjoying being at the ocean on a summer night.

Waterfront Vistas

Today I’ll feature two photos – taken mere minutes apart, with a feel so different that you might not believe they were both taken on the same planet (nevermind on the same beach a few feet away).

The first photo was shot later in the evening once the sun had nearly fully retreated for the day.  The photo below was taken earlier in the evening, as I was struck by the interesting patterns the outgoing tide was creating in the sand.  It was a gorgeous night with all sorts of great colors in the sky and a nice serene feeling, which I think you can get in each photo despite their drastically different results.

A Market Street Evening

A view down Market Street on a Friday evening.  In the distance you can see the cranes of the freighter docked in town hovering over the colored facades of the Market Street rowhouses.  In the foreground you can see Kennedy Studios custom framing & gallery at the corner of Commercial Alley – and the Portsmouth Brewery can be seen across the street.  A quiet scene before downtown was greeted by its many guests on Friday night.  Below is a view in the opposite direction on a spring afternoon with a very cool sky.