Best Harbor in America

As I was looking for images to post this week, I stopped at this shot and thought 'this must be the best harbor in America'. And then I promptly Googled to see if that was a real contest. Turns out it is as of 2019 when US Harbors started a contest and, to my dismay, Marblehead wasn't even listed. The winner of the Northeast section was Padanaram, South Darmouth. Interestingly, only 2,500 people voted for the 2021 version of the contest so I figured when the time comes next year (voting should start in late March/early April 2022), we should [...]

By |2021-08-01T21:17:30-04:00August 2nd, 2021|Categories: Marblehead Harbor|Tags: , |10 Comments

Breaking through the Clouds

It's almost funny looking back at this image captured on the fourth of July and realizing we have spent much of the second wettest month on record in similar conditions. On that day, I had gone out just after noon and ended up capturing what I thought was an interesting low bank of clouds from the Pleon.  Abbot Hall seems to be breaking through the clouds with a nearly full harbor laid out in front.

By |2021-07-25T20:08:15-04:00July 27th, 2021|Categories: Marblehead Harbor|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Lucky, Bella and Ruddy Duck

I haven't shared a black and white image in quite some time and Friday night's foggy evening seemed perfectly suited for that treatment. From my spot at Crocker Park, I had a few compositions open to me but this one pointing across the harbor offered the best view of the Neck enveloped in fog. This is a slightly tighter composition than yesterday's shot and the fog has shifted higher to reveal the houses along the Neck. I got lazy and chose the title based on the three boats clearly visible - Lucky, Bella and Ruddy Duck

By |2021-07-19T21:10:20-04:00July 20th, 2021|Categories: Marblehead Harbor|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Foggy Sunset over the Harbor

With all the rain that we have been experiencing this month, I have found little opportunity (or desire) to go out and shoot. I was feeling that way on Friday night too but as the fog rolled in just before sunset, I thought there might be a chance for some nice views of the harbor. I drove down Lee Street but couldn't find anywhere to park until I reached The Landing and then walked up towards Crocker Park from there. Sure enough, there was fog to be found in my views of the harbor and, thankfully, the fog seemed to [...]

By |2021-07-18T21:32:50-04:00July 19th, 2021|Categories: Marblehead Harbor|Tags: , , |6 Comments

Between the Raindrops

While this year's Fourth of July weekend wasn't the same as those in the past with cold, wet conditions, fewer exhibits, artisans and traffic for the Festival and the lack of fireworks, it still felt really nice to have some of our traditional Independence Day/weekend activities return after the past year. I walked around on Saturday and ran into several people before visiting Abbot Hall and Old Town House to view the exhibits. Then on Sunday, we had plans to attend the Dolphin Yacht Club's cookout but the weather delayed the start.  Since we were already in the car, we [...]

By |2021-07-05T21:50:37-04:00July 6th, 2021|Categories: Marblehead Harbor|Tags: , , |12 Comments

Rainbow after the Storm

Not even 10 minutes after capturing the bolt of lightning from Fort Beach, the sun broke through the clouds and lit up water vapor to create a beautiful rainbow after the storm. I went with a wider composition to keep the trees at Fort Sewall and the boats at Fort Beach in the frame while managing to catch a nice reflection of the rainbow in the water. The dramatic sky was a nice bonus as was that deep blue sky near Marblehead Light. Make sure you check in Sunday morning for "Nature's Fireworks" that I captured one hour later when [...]

By |2021-07-01T22:16:17-04:00July 2nd, 2021|Categories: Storm|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

Lightning Crashes

I love summer storms...especially when they happen on a Wednesday in Marblehead ;-) With the insane heat wave of the past few days predicted to break tonight, I kept watching multiple weather apps and my radar ones looking for any sign of storms and the possibility of lightning. Sure enough right around 6pm, a set of storms that had been heading to our north abruptly shifted and came over Marblehead. The radar looked too ominous to try to capture the incoming storm so I waited it out (while enjoying sushi from Gourmet Garden) and then took off as soon as [...]

By |2021-06-30T21:00:21-04:00June 30th, 2021|Categories: Storm|Tags: , , , |15 Comments

Big Sky over Marblehead Harbor

While I wait for this warm air to break and usher in some interesting clouds and nice sunsets, I figured it was worth looking back to June 15th and a super-wide panorama used to take in the big sky over Marblehead harbor.  I had shared lots of images from this evening at Crocker Park last week and mentioned that I had swapped lenses as the light changed. I also shared one panorama of the harbor at 24mm focal length which is on the wide side of normal. Ten minutes after that golden light panorama and before the purple harbor image, [...]

By |2021-06-30T06:06:56-04:00June 30th, 2021|Categories: Sunset|Tags: , , , , |9 Comments

Purple Afterglow

Maybe the last shot for now from the night of June 15th and the series of images I've shared over the past week.I had another keeper from a bit earlier that I really, really liked but not sure if the scenes (though varied by focal length, light and composition) might be getting a bit repetitive... Anyway, this was the last shot of the night at 8:28pm when the gold faded and soft purple afterglow took shape over Marblehead harbor. Hope you liked this peak into the many, many keepers that can come from a single night out in our incredibly [...]

By |2021-06-23T21:58:58-04:00June 24th, 2021|Categories: Sunset|Tags: , , , |8 Comments

Panoramic Gold

And then, six minutes after shooting the benches at Crocker Park, this happened... I had taken the shot of the weathered benches and then turned my head to find that the clouds over Marblehead Neck were perfectly reflecting the gold sunset light. I didn't have time to swap to a wider lens so, instead, I made sure my tripod was perfectly level and then rotated the camera vertically to shoot this as a panoramic image. It took 16 images to capture the full scene from one end of the harbor to the other and I ended up with this perfect [...]

By |2021-06-22T21:51:04-04:00June 23rd, 2021|Categories: Sunset|Tags: , , , , |20 Comments