Two years ago, I decided to capture the annual harbor illumination and fireworks show from atop the causeway. I had on my longest lens and, when the flares were lit, took my time capturing endless scenes of this great tradition. Sadly, the harbor illumination will not be taking place this year due to COVID-19 restrictions and the very prudent attempts to limit gatherings. At least we can recall the beauty of this tradition with this image of Abbot hall towering over the homes along Cliff Street with the water of Riverhead reflecting the red glow of the flares.
The rain on Friday should have been my first clue but somehow the weekend came and went and it was only near the end of two picture perfect days that I remembered - this should have been the weekend of the carnival. I really love the carnival and have made it a point to shoot it each year. I remember being particularly excited for this year's event as I was told that Cushing Amusement had purchased a new taller ferris wheel that lit up and would have made a great centerpiece of any composition. I'm not sure if it helps [...]
I couldn't decide what photos to share for the rest of this week so I asked on my Facebook page. I received several responses - some of which I had already shared such as the old Glover school. But one request came in for the July 4th parade and, as it happened, I had just been looking at this image taken on July 4, 2017. With the warmth evident in the image and the sheer joy of a crowded parade during this time of quarantine, I quickly decided to go with this shot. I had actually put together a page [...]
On February 1st when I captured Glover's Regiment standing at attention in front of Old Town House, phrases such as 'social distancing' were not even in our vocabulary. For now, let's try to stay as far apart from one another as one of these muskets might reach and look forward to warmer days ahead and hopes of putting social distancing safely behind once more.
It's been nearly a month since I last posted an image here (the epiphany bonfire). I had decided to take a break or at least slow down the photography and, as it happens, I chose to do so during the least photogenic winter in the past 10 years... Tonight, however, I headed out before 5pm to join Glover's Regiment annual march from Old Town House to Old Burial Hill on the anniversary of General John Glover's death (from hepatitis I learned tonight). I remembered how difficult it was to shoot the lantern procession and gathering at Old Burial Hill when [...]
The annual Epiphany tree burning takes place tonight (Monday, January 6) at 6:30pm at Riverhead Beach. The town has been collecting Christmas trees for the past two weeks and piling them at Riverhead for this annual bonfire tradition. Watching trees burn raises a number of environmental concerns but, interestingly, the bonfire is far preferable to placing them in a landfill and is pretty much net carbon neutral according to The Carbon Trust: For a 2 metre tall real Christmas tree, with no roots, the carbon footprint is 16kg CO2e if it ends up in landfill. This is because the tree [...]
The annual Marblehead Christmas Walk takes place this weekend and I will be participating in the Artisans Holiday Marketplace. The Festival of Arts Marketplace will be located at the Hooper Mansion this year due to construction at Abbot Hall. Please come by and visit me at 8 Hooper Street on Saturday 10am to 5pm or Sunday 10am to 4pm. I will have the 2020 Calendar as well as new photo cuffs (both limited to stock on hand - only 35 calendars left!). Also books and prints will be available for that perfect gift for the current or former 'Header'. It [...]
This weekend is the annual Glover's Regiment encampment and, with it, come reenactments of skirmishes harking back to the days of the Redcoats. I had gone down to Front Street on July 12, 2014 just before noon with my son to witness one such battle. Here, the redcoats attack from the waters of Marblehead harbor as Glover's Regiment fights back from atop Fort Sewall.
On July 11, 2014, I lucked out when out to capture the full moon with Glover's Regiment having set up for their annual encampment at Fort Sewall. I stood across the way from them and composed this image of the Regiment standing at attention under the light of a full moon. Moments later, they fired several volleys over the harbor which would lead to a favorite image that was shared the next day. This one got relegated to the 'to be published' folder instead.
I've said it before but it bears repeating, my favorite part of the annual Independence Day celebration in Marblehead is the July fourth harbor illumination. In 2015, I had set up along Corinthian Lane and captured this 160 megapixel panorama of the entirety of Marblehead harbor lit with flares. The resolution on this image is incredible with 1:1 views showing people at Crocker Park! Hope you have a good spot picked out to celebrate the Fourth of July in Marblehead.