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Flying Colors in Harbor

On July 19th, we were invited aboard a friend's boat to circumnavigate Marblehead Harbor. I was like a kid in a candy store taking shot after shot from the vantage point along the water and between boats. We moved to quickly for me to spot the names of the various boats and it was only when I zoomed in on this one that I spotted the name of the boat with the flag flying - Flying Colors. With the composition of boats filling the empty parts of the sky and wispy clouds overhead due to the heat of the day, [...]

By |2019-09-23T20:07:00-04:00September 24th, 2019|Categories: From the Water|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Fueling Up at the Landing

A little bit before publishing my Wednesdays in Marblehead book, I had started a series entitled 'From the Water' with photos captured from aboard friends' boats. On Friday night, we were invited onto a couple's boat (thanks Mike and Polly!) for a sunset cruise around and inside Marblehead harbor. We lucked out with calm waters and some decent light and I was like a kid in a candy store as we turned the corner at Fort Sewall. I shot over a hundred images as we slowly made our way down one side of the harbor and then back up along [...]

By |2019-07-22T21:15:54-04:00July 23rd, 2019|Categories: From the Water|Tags: , , |8 Comments

Stars and Stripes and Glover’s Regiment

The annual Marblehead Christmas Walk took place on December 1st and, with it, Glover's Regiment arrived to reenact the crossing of the Delaware by way of Marblehead Harbor. Before setting out, they took up position to address the gathered crowd and recount the history of General Glover. I had been set up at the benches behind them ready to capture the musket fire that would follow this speech. When I saw Glover's Regiment lined up under the stars and stripes (and the State Street Landing star as well), I couldn't pass up the shot. Black and white helped accentuate the [...]

By |2019-01-06T09:51:46-04:00January 8th, 2019|Categories: Traditions|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Flags on Washington Street

I went out last night in the hopes of capturing a nice sunset in historic downtown Marblehead. I drove down Washington Street and then turned around after Old North Church where I spotted this scene of flags on homes and businesses hanging in the pre-sunset light. I quickly set up this composition just down from the Harbor Light Inn and managed to get just enough of Abbot Hall to recognize it jutting up over the distant building. The sunset was fairly muted in the end but did help add a bit of light and interest to this view of Washington [...]

By |2018-12-09T21:54:52-04:00December 10th, 2018|Categories: Old Town|Tags: , , |22 Comments

Tied Up for the Fourth

On the Fourth of July, I set about shooting aerial images of various beaches in Marblehead as the hot, humid weather seemed to bring out the largest crowds I had witnessed in those spots. I had actually started my day scouting out shots from the ground and hit upon this scene in Little Harbor just after noon. I have seen Little Harbor fill with boats in the summer but never to this extent. I shot several frames including varying compositions but favored this one with the American flag flying from atop a crane while people walked between boats in the [...]

By |2018-07-15T19:26:44-04:00July 19th, 2018|Categories: Little Harbor|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Walking in Marblehead

On Thursday, August 3rd, I rushed back to Marblehead from my office to take part in my very first Marblehead Walking Tour with Bette Hunt.  Though I have lived in Marblehead since 2008 and have met Bette Hunt on a few occasions, the timing of her walking tours never quite matched up with my schedule.  As this was the last one of the Summer season, I made it a point to get there on time. We started in front of the Jeremiah Lee mansion and then walked as a group down Hooper Street, through Crocker Park and along Front Street. [...]

By |2017-09-11T21:08:58-04:00September 12th, 2017|Categories: Old Town|Tags: , , , |12 Comments

Fishing off the Causeway

I think Summer officially peaked for me on Sunday, August 7th with this walk atop the causeway surrounded by scene after scene exemplifying the beauty of a Marblehead Summer.  Before capturing the closer view of a packed Devereux Beach, I happened upon a man standing more than waist deep in the Atlantic Ocean and fishing off the causeway. I watched him for a little while as I composed this image and waited for cars to pass by.  I didn't see him catch anything but he seemed quite content as the waves pushed and pulled at him.  I loved the proximity [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:03:29-04:00August 11th, 2016|Categories: Beach|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

Patriotism on State Street

One hour after capturing yesterday's view of Riverhead Beach from the causeway, I found myself walking down State Street which was bordered on both sides by incredible cloud formations.  I started off near Maddie's shooting up toward Washington Street as the sun set and set the sky ablaze in color.  As the sunset settled, I moved up the street looking for other views. I had noted an American flag on display on a house across the street and was thrilled when I found this one near the top of State Street.  I set up this composition to include the two [...]

By |2016-06-28T06:51:43-04:00June 28th, 2016|Categories: Old Town|Tags: , , |5 Comments

Marblehead Harbor is Open for the Season

After capturing images at Chandler Hovey Park, I drove across the causeway and then through town trying to find a spot from which I could capture the cumulous clouds over Marblehead harbor.  I made my way into historic downtown and then down State Street to the Landing. Once there, I headed down to one of the docks and began composing shots but wasn't thrilled with the results. I had seen the large Open sign and the American flag above it on the dock that serves as a gas station before but never tried to walk down to that spot.  With [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:03:31-04:00June 10th, 2016|Categories: Marblehead Harbor|Tags: , |0 Comments