Wentworth Coolidge Mansion

The rich yellow color of this historic home when paired with the red shingles on its roof make this icon one of the Seacoast’s most distinguishable along the Piscataqua River’s back channel.  The Wentworth Coolidge Mansion belonged to the state’s first Royal Governor, who served in the mid 1700s.  The rooflines help to tell the story of the additions and how large this home actually is.

Approaching Spring on the River

This long exposure of the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion carries with it the last trace of winter with a couple piles of snow adorning the grounds on the waterfront home.  With the return of warmth on Friday, and longer days, spring is definitely around the corner.  This was another experiment in seascape long exposures with the 10-stop neutral density filter. While I love the soft colors of the sky and the serenity in the scene….there’s many more colorful sunsets/sunrises waiting for exploration once I get the hang of it.  In keeping with some variety – I hope to get some interesting material up over the next few days…so stay tuned!

On the Shore

This is another experiment in long exposures…a single shot of about 2 minutes and 20 seconds….a familiar scene with the Wentworth by the Sea hotel in the distance hiding behind the trees, as seen from the shore of the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion on Portsmouth’s back channel.  The little patches of rocks and the muted colors of a grey morning are nice elements, with a subtle softness to an otherwise boring (but pretty) scene.

Also – thanks to all the people who helped make this weekend a very special birthday weekend…I am so appreciative of all the wonderful, supportive, awesome people in my life.

Sunset at the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion

One of my favorite places to visit on a warm summer evening is the Wentworth-Coolidge mansion on the waterfront of Portsmouth’s back channel.  It’s almost always delightfully quiet….with the gorgeous colors of a sunset and the rich colors of the grass and the home – it’s rarely a disappointing stop.  The little boat on the mooring added another element to the shot – and the Wentworth By The Sea is peeking out from the trees in the distance.

The Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion

The Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion sits on the shores of the Piscataqua River, and a massive anchor sits out in its front lawn.  I love the scene and the perspective of the wide-angle lens, the return of the fresh green grass adds to the rich yellow color of the building, and the textures of the anchor just perfects everything.  Worth the visit if you’ve never been…but more enjoyable in warmer weather.

The Anchor at the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion

The massive anchor that sits near the water at the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion in Portsmouth, NH is pretty impressive.  I love the textures of the wood in this shot, and was happy that the green grass is back with the arrival of spring.

When I was a kid, we used to vacation in Cape Cod, and the house we rented had this humongous anchor that we would take our annual family picture with….grandparents, cousins, aunts & uncles….you could pack all of us into the frame, but you could still see the anchor.  This brings back fond memories, it would be a great spot to start a new family tradition someday…I wonder whatever happened to that old anchor.

The Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion is also a pretty impressive building as I’ve posted about before. I’ll be featuring more shots from today’s visit sometime in the future…sadly, I forgot my tripod and the shots didn’t come out as well as I’d hoped…guess it means I’ll have to make another trip!

The Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion

The Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion was built by Royal Governor Benning Wentworth (visit SeacoastNH.com for a great history). The sprawling yellow colonial home is situated on an inlet of Portsmouth Harbor.  This was the first trip that I’d made to the landmark, hoping to get a few good shots of the striking yellow home.  I liked the old New England feel of the architecture, and I was just as fascinated with the giant anchor near the waterfront.  (In the shot below, you can almost see the Wentworth by the Sea hotel in the crop of trees across the inlet).

The first time I heard the story of the home was during a ride on Portsmouth Harbor Cruises.  The captain told a story about how in the old days of NH, folks traveled significant distances to visit the Governor – and since he had a penchant for entertaining, in order to let his guests enjoy their visits he continued to add on to the house so there would be enough room for everyone to stay overnight (the final tally stands at 40 rooms).

Also – don’t forget to support the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra by attending their Benefit Concert for the people of Haiti, which takes place this evening at 8pm (following a silent vigil in Market Square at 7:30pm).