I love this spot atop the granite hill at Crocker Park from which there is a perfect vantage point of Abbot Hall standing tall above the houses. I last visited this spot in late October and thought that, with Spring nearly here, it would make for a good image to start the week.
In over ten years of living in and photographing the town of Marblehead, I had never before captured a sun pillar. When I was out on March 4th to shoot the sunset after a snowfall, I thought I had scored with images of Abbot and Crocker Park as well as another of the Neck (I'll share that one on Wednesday). In fact, the way the clouds were breaking, I was about ready to pack up my gear until I spotted the vertical shaft of light forming a sun pillar. I had to look up the phenomenon and realized why I [...]
With a surprise March storm dropping seven inches of snow on Marblehead on Sunday night, I held out hope for photographing the town blanketed in white after finishing up work on Monday. I spent Monday in the clinic while my kids enjoyed the first snow day of the season (enjoyed might be a stretch as the boy was in charge of clearing the heavy snow from our driveway). As soon as the last patient left, I got in my car to head home and grabbed my camera bag on the way to Foster Street. With sunset now happening at 5:30pm, [...]
This might be the longest stretch that I have gone without taking a photo of Marblehead in almost ten years. I had influenza for the first time in my life and finally appreciated just how awful that virus can be. We all receive the vaccine annually and, while it is nowhere near 100% effective, my wife and daughter did not get the flu so that was a small win. It took longer than expected to recover from that illness and I had absolutely no interest in venturing out during the recent arctic blast so I was content with letting the [...]
Merry Christmas everyone! Today we continue with the top 10 of 2018 countdown and this image of an incredible sunset sky over Fort Beach. I remember that I was at Crocker Park on the night of July 3rd enjoying music with friends when these clouds passed overhead and the sun dipped lower in the sky. It seemed as though the sunset might offer great opportunities so I excused myself and headed down to Front Street. I lucked out with the location of this monstrous cloud and was able to use the water of Fort Beach to reflect the brilliant sunset [...]
On a late September evening, I witnessed this sunset that wouldn't end and spent almost a half hour capturing it from various angles. I've shared a few images already but came away with so many that I just couldn't help sharing this one after yesterday's dreary, rainy day.
On Friday night, I headed out to Crocker Park hoping that the coming Nor'Easter might produce a nice sunset while also fearing it was my last chance to capture foliage in town. I found little cloud cover over the harbor and quickly ascended the granite hill and set up for this composition of Abbot Hall and the unique view of houses stacked against it. I spotted some color in the trees on either side and waited for the sunset colors to elevate the rest of the scene. Happy Halloween everyone!
Back to Friday night's sunset from just across the causeway. I mentioned that I had spent most of my time composing images with Abbot Hall in the frame and this was my favorite of the night. The sun had started to add light to the clouds above and some sweet light allowed Abbot Hall's brick facade to glow. With this being early October, you can make out a few empty moorings. Unfortunately, it won't be long before most of the moorings in the harbor are left empty as we make our way into winter.
I spent a few hours on Columbus Day going through photos from recent outings and making final decisions on those that needed to be processed vs those that would be deleted. As I looked through the set of images from September 23rd and that epic sunset over Marblehead Harbor, I found a few new keepers that I had overlooked the first time around. This image was taken near the end of the evening when the sky shifted to a deep red glow that washed over the waters of Marblehead Harbor. I composed the shot to include a cropping of boats [...]
Since discovering the beauty of the chestnut tree at Crocker Park when it hits peak bloom, I've tried to find new vantage points from which to capture it. On a late May evening, I flew my drone over Crocker Park just as the sunset hit its peak to capture this view of the chestnut tree and the Marblehead skyline illuminated by the pinks and blues of a spring sunset.