On New Years Day, I headed out to Devereux Beach for the first sunrise of the year and shared an image of the sun backlighting waves shortly after I came home. Before the sun came up, I busied myself capturing the waves coming to shore and then receding in response to the pull of the ocean. Once I figured out this composition, it was a matter of timing to get just the right wave and just the right moment where the motion of the water returning to the ocean could best exemplify that cyclic pull.
On December 23rd, I had headed out before dawn to capture the full cold moon setting with a plan to capture it besides the shining star atop the crane at the State Street Landing (watch for that image tomorrow morning). Before the moon could descend into frame, I found this composition of St. Michael's Steeple, Grace Community Church and that shining star in between with the perfect colors of dawn painting the sky above. As luck would have it, two birds came into the frame and broke up the otherwise empty sky.
Today's image comes from a dawn outing at the end of October 2016. I was stuck on a name for this image until I zoomed in and read the name of the boat with the red hull - Stormy Weather. I couldn't help but play with that name in the title to share this beautiful pink-orange dawn over Gerry Island and First Harbor.
The morning of April 24th proved to be one of the most beautiful and longest lasting dawns/sunrises I have experienced in Marblehead. The light show began at 5:30am and, within minutes, I witnessed orange, pink and purple light paints the sky and Marblehead Harbor in dawns early light. The light quickly changed and strengthened as I stood watch at the end of Ferry Lane (near the Landing). If you look closely, you can see that Marblehead Light's green beacon is shining against the orange backdrop. Thanks again to all who voted yesterday and helped me narrow down my selections for the [...]
On March 31st, I woke before the sunrise and raced out of the house to capture the moon setting near Abbot Hall. I shared that image as soon as I returned home but held on to this shot taken five minutes earlier until now. I had watched the moon descend into clouds and wondered if it might reappear in the small clearing you see here. While I waited, the sun rose and bathed Abbot Hall in the soft light of dawn. As luck would have it, a lone bird flew overhead and into perfect position to create some drama in [...]
I can't remember the last time I went out to capture the sunrise and this spring has not been very welcoming to early morning outings. This morning, everything seemed to fall into place and I decided to head out early to capture the dawn of a spring day. As I drove towards downtown, the sky showed its earliest hints of color. I arrived at the Landing and saw the light had built up further with plenty of time to go before sunrise. I started off shooting from shore but then made my way to one of the floats already out [...]
With snow falling yesterday, I figured the window for sharing images of snow was extended for just a bit longer. Today's image wasn't taken during the April snowfall but rather on December 10th - back when snow was something to be admired. I had driven to downtown Marblehead after a picture perfect snow fall created snowy branches throughout the town. I parked in the small lot across from Old Town House and took note of these snow lined branches perfectly framing this view of Washington Street.
This morning's image is not from the latest Nor'Easter to drop snow on Marblehead but rather the last (or third) Nor'Easter of the season. I previously shared an image of Abbot Hall captured by the drone with its clock face caked in snow. After flying around Abbot, I descended a bit and explored vantage points from above Washington Street in the first light of day. As painful as it is to have to deal with snow on the last days of winter as in this image or the first few days of spring (this morning), I have to admit a [...]
Fresh snow in December is a magical thing...snow in March is nature's cruelest joke. With some forecasts of over a foot of snow due to arrive in Marblehead on Tuesday, March 13th, I struggled with an image to share today. This one of the red house named Pond View blanketed in white with the snow perfectly accentuating the branches on the trees was an instant favorite when I captured it just after dawn on December 10th. From the perfect snow to the partly frozen pond, the image had all of the elements I could hope for. Hopefully you find its [...]
When it came time to decide on my top 10 images of 2017, I found myself eyeing several recent images for inclusion and ended up with 4 of the top 10 having been taken in December. I can't decide if that is due to some bias on my end to favor photos taken recently and thereby still holding strong memories of the shoot or a unique effect this year with some truly picture perfect conditions. For #7, I decided on this photos of a truly perfect morning at Redd's Pond. I've captured Redd's partially frozen before but never with such [...]