Wednesdays in Marblehead https://wednesdaysinmhd.com Landscape photography of the coastal New England town of Marblehead, Massachusetts Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:40:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 Spring in Marblehead – Cherry Blossoms on Washington Street https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/04/24/spring-in-marblehead-cherry-blossoms-on-washington-street/ https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/04/24/spring-in-marblehead-cherry-blossoms-on-washington-street/#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:40:56 +0000 https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/?p=17821

We were away last week during the school vacation having decided to drive down to Washington, DC and explore the city where we lived for several years before moving to Marblehead.  As we drove down, the trees filled in and flowers began to appear on trees.  DC itself was in full Spring bloom and pollen [...]

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We were away last week during the school vacation having decided to drive down to Washington, DC and explore the city where we lived for several years before moving to Marblehead.  As we drove down, the trees filled in and flowers began to appear on trees.  DC itself was in full Spring bloom and pollen literally caked our car within a few days.

On our return, I drove around town looking for signs of Spring in Marblehead.  I was disappointed to find my favorite patch of cherry blossoms had not started to bloom but found this tree along Washington Street as I made my way out of historic downtown.

I’ve captured this tree before and decided to explore a different vantage point this time by flying my Phantom 4 Pro as close as I could to the blossoms.  I composed this image to include the curve of Washington Street as it headed up the hill toward Abbot Hall and lucked out with decent light on the blossoms and some texture in the cloud filled sky.

If you see any more cherry blossoms around town, please let me know.

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Spring has Sprung in Marblehead https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/04/12/spring-has-sprung-in-marblehead/ https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/04/12/spring-has-sprung-in-marblehead/#comments Wed, 12 Apr 2017 23:50:11 +0000 https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/?p=17817

I think we can safely say that Spring has sprung in Marblehead.  I was sitting at home on this Wednesday as rain fell outside and saw sunlight suddenly stream through the window as the rain slowed.  I looked at my wife and she quickly said 'go ahead' at which point I grabbed my gear and headed out [...]

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I think we can safely say that Spring has sprung in Marblehead.  I was sitting at home on this Wednesday as rain fell outside and saw sunlight suddenly stream through the window as the rain slowed.  I looked at my wife and she quickly said ‘go ahead’ at which point I grabbed my gear and headed out hoping for a rainbow.

I drove to Riverhead beach and saw a very faint rainbow form as soon as I parked.  I flew the Phantom 4 Pro across the harbor to find a solid composition but the rainbow never fully formed.  Instead, I happened upon this lone sailboat which I’m certain is the same one from this morning’s image which was taken two years ago.

As I hovered 50 feet above the water, the sun broke through the clouds once more and illuminated the boat while clouds reflected in the still waters.  It almost appears as though the sailboat is floating on clouds rather than the waters of Marblehead harbor.

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First One into the Harbor https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/04/12/first-one-into-the-harbor/ https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/04/12/first-one-into-the-harbor/#respond Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:40:51 +0000 https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/?p=17813

After the past two days of perfect weather, I can't be the only waiting eagerly awaiting those warm Summer days.  I decided to look through my archive of 'to be posted' images to find ones taken in April and instantly settled on this shot for today's post. On April 25, 2015, I had gone out [...]

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After the past two days of perfect weather, I can’t be the only waiting eagerly awaiting those warm Summer days.  I decided to look through my archive of ‘to be posted’ images to find ones taken in April and instantly settled on this shot for today’s post.

On April 25, 2015, I had gone out near sunset on an equally warm night and found a single sailboat already moored in the waters.  Its positioning was perfect from this angle on Parker Lane and it appeared to be the ‘first one in the harbor’ – or at least this part of Marblehead Harbor.

I’m sure the trickle of boats will begin in earnest in the days and weeks to come.  I for one can’t wait…

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Between the Moon and Marblehead Light https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/04/10/between-the-moon-and-marblehead-light/ https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/04/10/between-the-moon-and-marblehead-light/#comments Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:40:10 +0000 https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/?p=17808

A full moon is rising tonight on the first night of Passover and, knowing that I won't have a chance to shoot it, I thought I would share this image of the moonrise from mid-November.  I've shared two other images of this full moon before but today's image was the first one I captured that [...]

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A full moon is rising tonight on the first night of Passover and, knowing that I won’t have a chance to shoot it, I thought I would share this image of the moonrise from mid-November.  I’ve shared two other images of this full moon before but today’s image was the first one I captured that night and, while the moon hadn’t quite hit its peak glow, I really liked the softer look of it as it broke through the haze on this night.

One of my favorite aspects of shooting the moon from this spot near Crocker Park was being able to capture the people gathered at Chandler Hovey to watch the full moon rise.  As luck would have it, I spotted a lone seagull flying between the moon and Marblehead Light and was quick enough to capture this frame.  Between the people and the lone bird, this image turned out to be one of my favorites of the night.  It’s hard to believe that the moonrise took place at 4:14pm – tonight’s will take place at 6:51pm!

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Historic Downtown Marblehead on a late March evening https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/04/06/historic-downtown-marblehead/ https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/04/06/historic-downtown-marblehead/#comments Thu, 06 Apr 2017 10:40:45 +0000 https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/?p=17795

This view of historic downtown Marblehead was taken just before the full panorama I shared on Monday.  The clouds in the late March sky were reflecting the colors of sunset while I positioned the Phantom 4 Pro almost 200 feet above Union Street and composed this image to include three of Marblehead's familiar steeples - [...]

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This view of historic downtown Marblehead was taken just before the full panorama I shared on Monday.  The clouds in the late March sky were reflecting the colors of sunset while I positioned the Phantom 4 Pro almost 200 feet above Union Street and composed this image to include three of Marblehead’s familiar steeples – St. Michaels, Grace Community Church and Old North Church.

It takes a while to get your bearings in these aerial views of historic downtown Marblehead but, once you do, you can spot some familiar stores along Washington street in the left lower section, Crosby’s in the right middle, the Mud Puddle building in the center, a hint of Old Town House with its bright yellow facade, and even the Gerry School on its small hill.

Do you see a favorite house or store in this view of ‘old town’ Marblehead?

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Abbot Hall towering over Front Street https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/04/05/abbot-hall-towering-over-front-street/ https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/04/05/abbot-hall-towering-over-front-street/#comments Wed, 05 Apr 2017 10:40:43 +0000 https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/?p=17792

After exploring the harbor, I turned around and flew across Crocker Park to Front Street and took in this view of Abbot Hall from 120 feet above the ground.  The sun was momentarily shaded by thin clouds and I took advantage of the softened sunset light to capture this image of Abbot Hall towering over [...]

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After exploring the harbor, I turned around and flew across Crocker Park to Front Street and took in this view of Abbot Hall from 120 feet above the ground.  The sun was momentarily shaded by thin clouds and I took advantage of the softened sunset light to capture this image of Abbot Hall towering over Front Street with its historic homes having stood the test of time for hundreds of years.

If you look to the left of Abbot Hall, you can clearly see the familiar silhouette of the Boston skyline.  One aspect of exploring these aerial views of Marblehead that I haven’t grown tired of is discovering how close everything appears from the air.

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Working Boats and Golden Light https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/04/04/working-boats-and-golden-light/ https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/04/04/working-boats-and-golden-light/#comments Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:40:20 +0000 https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/?p=17790

Last Wednesday, I headed to Crocker Park with the Phantom 4 Pro in hand to capture sunset views from one of my favorite spots in town. I started off by flying over the working boats moored in an otherwise empty Marblehead Harbor and had reached this spot 40 feet above the ground when the sun [...]

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Last Wednesday, I headed to Crocker Park with the Phantom 4 Pro in hand to capture sunset views from one of my favorite spots in town. I started off by flying over the working boats moored in an otherwise empty Marblehead Harbor and had reached this spot 40 feet above the ground when the sun broke through the clouds and lit Marblehead Neck in beautiful golden light.

If you look closely, you can spot the anticrepuscular rays converging behind the Corinthian Yacht Club and there are subtle hints of the golden light reflecting in the still waters of the harbor between the boats.

Today is my 13th wedding anniversary and I quite literally could not do what I do without my wonderful wife’s support.  If you see Heather today, wish her a Happy Anniversary please.

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Old Town Sunset – Aerial Panorama of historic downtown Marblehead https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/04/02/old-town-sunset-aerial-panorama-of-historic-downtown-marblehead/ https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/04/02/old-town-sunset-aerial-panorama-of-historic-downtown-marblehead/#comments Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:25:24 +0000 https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/?p=17783

On Wednesdays, March 29th, the dense clouds covering Marblehead for most of the day finally began to break as the day neared its end.  I hadn't flown my Phantom 4 Pro in a few weeks due to rain, clouds and otherwise terrible lighting.  When I finally made it up in the air, I knew the [...]

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On Wednesdays, March 29th, the dense clouds covering Marblehead for most of the day finally began to break as the day neared its end.  I hadn’t flown my Phantom 4 Pro in a few weeks due to rain, clouds and otherwise terrible lighting.  When I finally made it up in the air, I knew the lighting on this night was going to be pretty special and ended up with a spectacular view of an Old Town sunset.

I explored a few vantage points as I flew over Marblehead and fought the building wind as I chased the light.  I found a nice composition including Abbot hall and the rest of historic downtown Marblehead but couldn’t fit in the harbor reflecting the colors of sunset thanks to the clouds above.  I decided to create an aerial panorama comprised of 20 images (10 across in two vertical rows).  I had to work fast to make sure the light didn’t change and I was thrilled with the image you see here that resulted from my efforts.

From Abbot Hall standing tall and touching the horizon on the left to the houses lining Marblehead harbor below and across to the entirety of Marblehead Neck, the final image perfectly captured this Old Town sunset on a late March evening.

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Capturing the Moment https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/03/31/capturing-the-moment/ https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/03/31/capturing-the-moment/#comments Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:45:23 +0000 https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/?p=17781

The night of July 5th, 2016 produced the most beautiful light I have ever encountered in my 9 years in Marblehead and resulted in (now) 13 images shared from this one evening.  It really was a joy to watch the fog develop as the day approached its end and then be awed by the foggy [...]

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The night of July 5th, 2016 produced the most beautiful light I have ever encountered in my 9 years in Marblehead and resulted in (now) 13 images shared from this one evening.  It really was a joy to watch the fog develop as the day approached its end and then be awed by the foggy sunset that followed.

As much as I strive to capture perfect moments of the town of Marblehead and share its beauty with current and former residents, I have very few images of myself actually capturing these moments.  And so when I spotted a woman pull over on the causeway and get out to take a photo of the fog-filled harbor, I couldn’t help but take this photo of her capturing the moment of beauty that defined this night.

I wonder if this image will reach her.  I’m curious to see what her shot looked like…

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The Causeway from Above https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/03/30/the-causeway-from-above/ https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2017/03/30/the-causeway-from-above/#comments Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:45:57 +0000 https://wednesdaysinmhd.com/?p=17779

The week wouldn't be complete without a view of the causeway from above thanks to the newest camera in my arsenal, the Phantom 4 Pro.  I flew over the causeway in early December and composed this image to highlight the ultimate purpose of this thin band of land - to separate the Atlantic ocean in [...]

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The week wouldn’t be complete without a view of the causeway from above thanks to the newest camera in my arsenal, the Phantom 4 Pro.  I flew over the causeway in early December and composed this image to highlight the ultimate purpose of this thin band of land – to separate the Atlantic ocean in all of its power from the still and protected waters of Marblehead harbor.

You can see the waves lapping against the Atlantic side of the causeway and appreciate the power that comes to bear on this section of land with each storm.

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