Fort Beach

Opening Act for the Fourth

On the Fourth of July, I had decided to set up along Fort Beach for the harbor illumination and fireworks show. I arrived with plenty of time to explore options along the rocks and made sure to race back up to Front Street as a subtle sunset formed between Fort Sewall and Marblehead Light.  There was just enough water to reflect the pink hues. Unfortunately, this angle highlights the missing tree lost to a storm several years ago.

By |2022-07-31T22:40:56-04:00August 1st, 2022|Categories: Sunset|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Gathered for the Show

So this was my other favorite from last night's Independence Day fireworks celebration in Marblehead. I had started off at Lovis Cove but then moved over to Fort Beach after 10 minutes as I knew people had gathered on the rocks there with it being low tide. I found over the years that some of my favorite images were those in which I included people who were watching the show and this year, that seemed all the more important. With the first fireworks in Marblehead since 2018, it was a joy to watch people gathered again to celebrate something as [...]

By |2022-07-04T23:18:56-04:00July 5th, 2022|Categories: Fireworks|Tags: , , |1 Comment

From Atop Fort Sewall

On May 15th, I headed out to Fort Sewall to capture the full moon rising. As I waited, I kept looking back towards Fort Beach and snuck over a little before 7 as a lackluster sunset began to take shape. This shot was taken just to the left of the plaque and without stepping on the grass being made ready for the Fort's grand reveal in a few short weeks. I hadn't shot from this spot in some time and forgot how nice this view is looking down at houses along Front Street and finding Abbot Hall in the distance. [...]

By |2022-05-22T21:34:40-04:00May 23rd, 2022|Categories: Park|Tags: , |0 Comments

Top 10 of 2021 – #8 – October Dawn

I wrote at the time: "As a photographer, I’ve learned to trust my sixth sense which includes when I wake up before dawn, it means conditions are good for a sunrise shoot. With that in mind, I silently left the house at 6am and drove along Humphrey Street trying to judge the light. I spotted some faint pinks in the sky and turned onto Ocean then Atlantic before deciding to make my way to Front Street where the light seemed strongest." Strong turned out to be an understatement as pink-purple light positively erupted in the sky over Fort Beach on [...]

By |2021-12-19T16:28:21-05:00December 22nd, 2021|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

October Dawn

As a photographer, I've learned to trust my sixth sense which includes when I wake up before dawn, it means conditions are good for a sunrise shoot. With that in mind, I silently left the house at 6am and drove along Humphrey Street trying to judge the light. I spotted some faint pinks in the sky and turned onto Ocean then Atlantic before deciding to make my way to Front Street where the light seemed strongest. I started shooting at Screeching Lady cove but then walked further down Front Street and took in this scene at Fort Beach. The sky [...]

By |2021-10-10T08:02:28-04:00October 10th, 2021|Categories: Sunrise|Tags: , |0 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

Top 10 of 2020 – #4 – Low Tide at Fort Beach

And this is the third of my top 10 images captured on August 19th. Like I said in the last image of the rainbow from Castle Rock, I kept switching the positions of these two images but, in the end, the composition of this one edged out the other. I stopped here at 6:40pm chasing the clouds you see above the Neck but pulled over for the collection of boats at low tide. With calm waters, the reflections of the boats and sky really stood out and I took this shot from a different position than I normally would as [...]

By |2020-12-26T16:10:47-05:00December 30th, 2020|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , |4 Comments

Shining Bright on the Neck

This was the scene that greeted me on Saturday night only 20 minutes after capturing Glover's Regiment firing volleys at the State Street landing. I had packed up after capturing the solemn rememberance there and drove up Front Street to Fort Beach where I hoped to capture Marblehead Light shining bright on the Neck with its holiday lights on display. I figured the freshly fallen snow would serve as a nice contrast to the dark rock face that makes up Chandler Hovey Park and was delighted to see several homes lit up to continue the bright effect across the Neck. [...]

By |2020-12-20T22:33:37-05:00December 21st, 2020|Categories: Marblehead Neck|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

Fort Beach and the Neck

I went out twice yesterday and left my gear in the car 'just in case' only to completely miss the potential for a nice sunset; let alone a rainbow and lightning that I saw posted later that night.  Misses like that where I stand looking up at the sky and realizing it's too late to do anything but marvel at the light make me appreciate the times that I do make it to the right spot at the right time. This shot comes from mid-August and followed another stormy day in Marblehead. I arrived at Fort Beach a little before [...]

By |2020-10-07T22:30:17-04:00October 8th, 2020|Categories: Marblehead Neck|Tags: , , , |1 Comment