I went out twice this past week to capture the moonrise and ended up getting skunked by cloud cover both times. I waited over an hour on Friday night but the moon refused to show and I headed home empty handed. Luckily, I still have 40 images of moonrises and moonsets in Marblehead that have not been published yet and pulled this one of a larger than life moon from a forgotten shoot in February 2020. The moon appears huge thanks to the use of a 400mm focal length which served to flatten the distance between foreground and background and [...]
The super full vernal worm moon rose tonight over Childrens Island and I wasn't the only one who headed out to Fort Sewall to watch (and capture) the brilliant sight. I arrived to find much colder and windier conditions than expected and setup among a few other brave souls there to see the first full moon to rise on the spring vernal equinox in years. It took a while for the full moon to appear over the haze but I felt fortunate it did so while still in the frame I had settled on. I wanted to include the larger [...]
Today's foggy start reminded me of the sea smoke that enveloped Marblehead Harbor a few months ago. On December 29th, I headed down to Front Street and captured images of sea smoke in truly arctic conditions. After exploring the lighthouse and capturing images of the Eastern and Corinthian, I turned my camera towards Childrens Island to find it surrounded by smoke.
I discovered the Sailors Lodge on Childrens Island during a tour of the YMCA-owned island in October 2011. The grounds offered a number of photo opportunities including this one of a bright orange door, various sailing flags and a winged column. If you haven't explored Childrens Island, keep an eye out for the late Spring and early Fall tours put together by the YMCA.
On February 21st, I headed to Fort Sewall to chase what was shaping up to be a nice sunset and to capture the moon rising behind the great tree. As luck would have it, the clouds had moved into a perfect position to reflect and accentuate sunset's golden light and I ended up with a number of keepers from various locations at the fort. This image represents the peak of the golden light that illuminated Childrens Island and the Neck. I had been shooting over Gerry Island when I spotted the clouds and quickly found a position from which I [...]
Wednesday ended up being a perfect night for a moonrise. The first hint of an orange Beaver moon erupted into the sky behind Childrens Island and continued to climb as the sun set and the night took hold. I shared one image from this evening that had immediately grabbed my eye but found two more shots to share as I worked on images on Thanksgiving. This image took place only 4 minutes before the one I shared on Wednesday night. The moon can be seen with barely any clouds obstructing the view and had nearly cleared the small hill at [...]
On July 2, 2014, I was fortunate to be invited to the top of Marblehead Light. The climb was more difficult than I imagined with a sharply winding staircase within the small diameter of the lighthouse's central column. Once atop Marblehead Light, the view more than made up for any difficulties. I've shared a number of images from this unique vantage point but none in this direction. I was fortunate to have some clouds to offset the blue sky of this Summer day and, for a brief moment, the clouds blocked the sun leading the sun rays forming below. I [...]
On Saturday, the YMCA chartered the Hannah Glover for a circumnavigation of Children's Island and orientation for new campers. We hopped on board as my daughter will be there for a session this Summer and enjoyed perfect conditions. Normally, we would have docked for a walk around the island but the dock was not yet operational for the season so, instead, we were treated to this view of the back of Children's Island. I had never seen it from this vantage point and tried to capture the full length of the island. The subtle clouds forming a diagonal in the [...]
An image from mid-February captured as I headed out in search of the full moon and ended up with a really nice winter sunset as a bonus. I had been shooting wide angle shots encompassing the nearly empty harbor with the few working boats moored in its protective waters when I saw this composition. I zoomed in so that Chandler Hovey Park and Marblehead Light were visible under the soft pink hues of sunset while including the whole of Children's Island just beyond. The setting sun added a brilliant warm glow to the scene and the snow served to break [...]
At the end of July, we went out to Children's Island where my son was spending two weeks at camp. I shared an image taken from aboard the Hannah Glover previously but had kept this one taken from the island. As we were getting ready to leave Children's Island, I noted these three sailboats moored in the mouth of the island's harbor with Marblehead lighthouse and Abbot Hall visible in the distance under great clouds. I positioned myself such that each landmark fell within the triangular lines of the two sailboats and clicked the shutter when I felt the sailboat [...]