• The aurora borealis (northern lights) shine green and purple in this image from Marblehead Light

Aurora Borealis over Marblehead Light

It finally happened!  I can't count how many times I have left the house late at night with the hope of capturing the aurora borealis over Marblehead Light.  The northern lights occur when charged particles enter the Earth's atmosphere.  On March 15, two coronal mass ejections sprouted from the Sun and headed towards Earth bringing with them a LOT of those charged particles.  The strength of the aurora is measured in Kp values and, in Marblehead, we need to hit at least a Kp of 7 for any hope of seeing the northern lights.  When the charged particles arrived on Earth [...]

By |March 18th, 2015|Categories: Night|Tags: , , , |2 Comments
  • Rays of light shine over Childrens Island as seen from atop Marblehead Light

From Atop Marblehead Light

On July 2, 2014, I was fortunate to be invited to the top of Marblehead Light.  The climb was more difficult than I imagined with a sharply winding staircase within the small diameter of the lighthouse's central column.  Once atop Marblehead Light, the view more than made up for any difficulties. I've shared a number of images from this unique vantage point but none in this direction.  I was fortunate to have some clouds to offset the blue sky of this Summer day and, for a brief moment, the clouds blocked the sun leading the sun rays forming below.  I [...]

By |March 12th, 2015|Categories: Rooftop|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
  • tide between rocks

Where in Marblehead – Valley of Rocks

Another entry in this week's Where in Marblehead series and likely the easiest of them all.  This was taken in September 2012 during a low tide. Answer:

By |November 13th, 2014|Categories: Chandler Hovey park|Tags: |0 Comments
  • Through the Looking Glass at Marblehead Light

Through the Looking Glass at Marblehead Light

I skipped last week's From the Rooftops Thursday entry in favor of a dramatic sunset so today we return to the top of Marblehead Light for one of a series of images capture on July 2nd as we climbed to the top of the lighthouse to hang lights for the Fourth of July celebration. I began by capturing scenes of Marblehead Harbor from this unique vantage point but the red drapes and scaffolding around Abbot Hall forced me to look for other vantage points.  The exercise proved to be a good one as I focused on shadows and the windows [...]

By |July 24th, 2014|Categories: Rooftop|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments
  • Watching the Moon Rise from Fort Sewall

Watching the Moon Rise from Fort Sewall

By popular demand - an image of the full moon rise from Fort Sewall captured on July 11, 2014.  When I go out to shoot, I will often return with several images that I want to share.  Such was the case with the full moon rise of July 11-12.  On that first night, I had hoped for a new composition of the moon rising over Chandler Hovey Park as seen from Fort Sewall and achieved that when I used the leaves of the great tree at the Fort to frame this shot. However, moments later, the Glover's Regiment began their [...]

  • Supermoon Rises over Marblehead Light

Supermoon Rises over Marblehead Light

Since the 'true' supermoon over 2011, it seems that each year we have more and more appearances of the so-called supermoon.  The term originally was meant for the full moon which was at its closest proximity to the earth in nearly two decades and thus would appear 17% larger.  The supermoons now are labels added to the closest proximity of the moon to the Earth for a given year.  In 2014, we are due to have three such supermoons. With that being said, I am always up for capturing an image of a full moon over Marblehead (supermoon or not).  [...]

By |July 12th, 2014|Categories: moon|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments
  • Casting Shadows at Marblehead Light

Casting Shadows at Marblehead Light

From the Rooftops Thursday is back with a vengeance after yesterday's morning climb to the top of Marblehead Light! For the past four years, I have been trying to find a way to the top of our lighthouse but the timing never seemed to work out.  Twice a year, the Rotary Club and volunteers string red, white and blue lights from the top of the lighthouse and I had hoped to join them but work kept getting in the way.  And so, when I received a text message from Jack at All Marblehead to set up a time for hanging [...]

By |July 3rd, 2014|Categories: Rooftop|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments
  • Marblehead from the Water

Marblehead from the Water

Nothing quite matches the view of Marblehead from the water - a fact I was reminded of during a boat tour around Children's Island put on by the YMCA.  We boarded the Hannah Glover on Saturday under perfect conditions and departed for the Children's Island orientation.  While it was great to see the back of Children's Island (I shared an image of that yesterday), I was anticipating a few new compositions on our return to shore. Thankfully, the clear blue skies present at departure had given way to a few clouds close to the horizon and one errant one that [...]

  • The Base of Marblehead Light

The Base of Marblehead Light

We enjoyed a perfect weekend in Marblehead these past few days with warm temperatures, occasional clouds and enough activities in town to keep everyone busy.  As Sunday evening rolled around, I decided to head out and try to photograph the sunset in part to capture this moment.  I drove across the causeway and ended up at Chandler Hovey Park as I chased the light breaking through clouds. When I arrived, I walked the park as if seeing it for the first time as I found myself needing to rethink all of my old compositions now that the skyline was punctuated [...]

By |June 9th, 2014|Categories: Chandler Hovey park|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
  • Last Night at Chandler Hovey Park

Last Night at Chandler Hovey Park

For every vibrant sunrise and spectacular sunset that I share, there are an equal number of muted events such as last night at Chandler Hovey Park.  I had noted the gathering clouds from my house at around 7pm and then saw the sun start shining through breaks in the clouds.  I thought that the sky had about even odds of blowing up or fizzling out and decided to head out in hopes of the former. I drove to the causeway from which I could better evaluate the sky and became less sure of those odds.  The clouds had disappeared over [...]

By |May 16th, 2014|Categories: Chandler Hovey park|Tags: , |0 Comments