A lot can happen in two minutes... That was the duration of time between Tuesday's post and today's image capturing the peak of the afterglow. At this point the sky erupted in an explosion of light with brilliant oranges washing the sky and reflecting in the water of Marblehead Harbor. The light hit its peak one minute later with the first shot I shared on that Sunday night. Hope you enjoyed the week of sunset images (and the extended afterglow) as much as I did taking them.
I'm sure by now your Facebook and/or Instagram feeds have been filled with photos of Sunday's epic sunset. The light truly was exceptional and I raced around the beach at the end of Peabody Lane (a public way) exploring various compositions. Immediately after the sun set, the afterglow began adding a touch of color to the high clouds overhead. I received a nice comment on my original post Sunday night pointing to a great resource about sunset colors. There they show an example of a red-orange afterglow such as this and explain it is produced by a thick aerosol cloud [...]
Thank goodness for good friends and last minute plans or else I would have missed the incredible sunset sky over Fort Beach that erupted last night... I had come home from work just before 6 and touched base with friends who invited me to join them at Crocker Park to take in the Festival of Arts music while eating dinner. My wife and kids are off in Chicago so I was thankful for the invite and a chance to relax outside with good company - Thanks Mabrys!!! I picked up some Howling Wolf and then headed to Crocker where I [...]
The thunderstorms that passed through on Sunday night put me in mind of late July evening in 2015 when my family and I returned from dinner to find that a storm had just passed through town. We drove across Lafayette just before sunset and I spotted this incredible cloud formation in the distance. I convinced my family to join me and considered myself lucky for having the forethought to put my camera gear in the trunk. We ended up chasing the light to Front Street where I jumped out to capture the rain cloud at sunset appearing to drench Marblehead [...]
In September 2013, I had spotted an impressive cloud forming overhead and raced out to the causeway from where I was able to capture the cumulonimbus cloud over a Marblehead harbor packed full with boats. It had been my goal to capture images of Marblehead outside of the golden hours of sunrise and sunset and I was pretty happy with how this image came out. I decided to get ahead of the cloud by driving up to Chandler Hovey Park and, as I arrived, the sky had taken a turn for the worse. I looked up at the darkening sky [...]
Last night as I walked the dog with my wife around our neighborhood, I watched the sky fill with color. I was too late to capture it from an ideal spot so I simply enjoyed the light in the evening sky and began to look forward to summer sunsets in Marblehead. That led me to this not yet published image from late June. With a harbor filled with boats, Abbot Hall punctuating the skyline and incredible light under a dramatic sky, Marblehead is a great spot to take in those summer sunsets.
The late March sunset continued to build to this mix of a backlit Abbot Hall and wispy clouds bathed in pink. Notice the complete absence of snow from this late March day in 2016. Wish that was the case this year...
Today's photo was captured 25 minutes after yesterday's on that mild mid-March evening in 2016. We had just come off a 60 degree day when I went out to shoot the sunset and here we are facing the prospect of a fourth Nor'Easter and more snow. Spring is coming...right?
Two years ago yesterday, I headed across the causeway to Marblehead Neck on a mild mid-March evening and captured an incredibly long sunset. I haven't had the chance to share many images from that evening so I thought I would try to do that this week beginning with this start of a March sunset. The clarity across the water was incredible at 6:00pm when I started shooting.
I captured today's image at the end of June but have been staring at the color version of it for a while wondering why I hadn't bothered to share it. Last week, as I converted another image to black and white, I decided to do the same with this image of a tree weathered by time and flanked by benches on Chandler Hovey Park. The black and white served to accentuate the textures in the tree, bench and sky while helping with the too bright light of this pre-sunset image.