I struggle some years with whether to include a recent image not knowing if it will stay a favorite once the short term memories of taking it have worn off. This image of dawn in Little Harbor was not a tough decision. I knew the moment I clicked the shutter that this would be one of my favorites of 2020 and, coming in December after such a long year, made it even more enjoyable. For the sheer beauty of light on a very late dawn (nearly 7am) in Marblehead, this is my third favorite image of Marblehead taken in 2020.
One more image from that brilliant dawn at Little Harbor from the morning of December 12th. I had played around with compositions and moved closer and closer to the Little Harbor Lobster Company to try to line up Marblehead Light in the distance with the boats moored in the mid-field. Rather than zooming in for a tight shot, I decided to use the morning dew on the wall to frame the scene and add more color with the water reflecting the light in the sky. This may be my last shared image in 2020. Going to work on my Top [...]
On December 9, 2017, I captured falling snow on the First Harbor company's Christmas Tree in a boat floating in Marblehead's Little Harbor. That image quickly became a personal favorite - so much so that I never went back to work on images taken the very next morning after the snow had stopped falling. The timing of the snow that year was perfect - allowing me to capture the falling flakes in mid-day and then the Christmas tree with a blanket of snow at sunrise the next morning. Unfortunately, the timing and predicted severity of today's snow storm meant that [...]
The light really doesn't get much better than this view of Little Harbor at dawn... On Saturday, December 12th, I woke before the dawn and headed down to Little Harbor hoping the old adage 'red sky in morning, sailor take warning' might prove true with predictions of strong rains later in the day. I arrived to find a mostly empty harbor and the first hint of light in the sky. I started shooting when the lights turned on in one of the working boats headed out for the day and kept at it as the sky brightened. Twenty minutes after [...]
The now annual tradition of the First Harbor Company placing a Christmas tree in a boat to float in the harbor has drawn a number of photographers so far this year. I was among three shooting away on Saturday morning but have to admit this was the last shot I had taken on this day. I arrived in front of the Little Harbor Lobster Company before dawn in the hopes of capturing the small boat and its tree lit up but the lights weren't on and so I decided to wait for dawn. When dawn broke, the boat almost became [...]
I just couldn't wait until Monday to start sharing images from this morning's beautiful dawn over first harbor. I arrived at 6:30am and watched as the light began to break over the horizon. As it did, the captain of Stormy Weather turned on the lights to get ready to motor out for the morning. With the lights on the boat reflecting in the still waters and that small Christmas tree in the First Harbor boat floating on its own, I had an instant favorite. You can just make out the crescent moon in the sky but clouds shifted over it [...]
It's a bit ironic that I had gone out on July 30th in the hopes of capturing a rainbow over Little Harbor but ended up wiht such a nice sunset that this shot of that little rainbow ended up as the fifth (and last) of the images shared from this outing. I had arrived to the Little Harbor Lobster Company lot at a little before 7:30pm and stayed in the car watching for signs of a rainbow after a summer rain passed through. I only noticed the one you see here by chance and managed to get this one shot [...]
On July 30th, I headed out to chase after a rainbow with a storm passing overhead and found myself near the Little Harbor Lobster Company waiting to see what might come of the sunset. I was losing hope as the clouds seemed to be racing away but then spotted a huge cloud to my right heading towards the lighthouse just as another had come in from the left headed towards Gerry Island. I watched and waited as the clouds converged and then the sun dipped below the cloud cover and bathed the scent in soft sunset light. I was pretty [...]
This image was captured 20 minutes before Thursday night's incredible sunset when I had just arrived at the Little Harbor Lobster Company lot and was watching the sky hoping for a rainbow or some decent light. This was the first of the 'good light' and I decided on a tight composition including the three dinghies and lone sailboat near the channel marker. It was only later when working on the image that I spotted the dinghy's name - Liberty.
That was quite the storm that passed overhead before sunset! Our home weather station recorded rainfall of 3 inches per hour before the storm finally departed and, as soon as it did, I was in my car and headed out in search of a rainbow. I drove to Hammond Park and then decided to visit Little Harbor where I spotted the faintest rainbow overhead. It wasn't the image I hoped for but I spotted some interesting clouds coalescing behind Gerry Island and decided to watch and see if the sun might shine at the right moment to illuminate the scene. [...]