On July 19th, Marblehead was facing its first heat wave of 2019 and, luckily, we had been invited onto a friend’s boat. We motored around the harbor and ate dinner as the temperature rose and any wind dropped. At around 7:30pm, we arrived back at the dock on the Salem Harbor side of Marblehead and hung out for a bit there. As luck would have it, my son was invited to hang out with friends and I offered to drive him home.

As we drove, I noticed the sky building in color and, when we hit Village Street, I made a right and drove down to the pier. We parked up top and I jumped out of the car to capture this scene of what looked like a fire in the sky. I had several compositions that I liked including a panorama but this one with the small stream of water picking up the light in the sky was my favorite.

For the brilliant sky as well as the memories of a hot summer night in Marblehead (and the luck of being in the right place at the right time), this is my second favorite image of 2019.