My Best of 2019: January thru March

Tempest at Giants Stairs

On January 5th, I decided to head to Bailey Island and Giant's Stairs to see how sunrise would look. It was a bit overcast, but the waters of Muscongus Bay were really churning, pounding against the rocks. The light was soft but as the clouds thinned it helped add drama to the scene. I found myself a nice perch on a big rock and had a front row seat for the show the waves were putting on.

Lubec Twilight

I first visited Lubec in October, 2017, and the small fishing village that sits as the easternmost point in the United States keeps calling me back. Last February, I decided to make the trek out to Lubec and try and get some winter images. Unfortunately, the predicted snow I was hoping for never materialized, but I was able to make some nice images nontheless. I ventured over to Campobello Island for sunset, and made this image of the Lubec skyline as the sun set behind it.

Frozen Morning at Quoddy head

On that same trip to Lubec, I got up early for sunrise at Quoddy Head State Park. With no snow on the ground, I didn't see a real point to photographing the lighthouse again, so I hiked along the coastal trail until I got to Gulliver's Hole. There I waited in the dark until the horizon began to glow a deep orange. I climbed down on the rocks, and while I didn't have any fresh snow to work with, I found some puddles of ice intermingled with the rocks that at least indicated how cold it was. I loved the orange glow on the rocks and cliffs in the background, contrasting with the bluish ice in the foreground.

Dusting of Snow in Wolfe's Neck Woods

Last winter was a tough one for photography. Each snowstorm we had seemed to turn to rain before it was done, leaving nothing but a slushy mess. On this day in early March, about an inch of snow fell in the early morning hours, so I decided to head to Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park not far from where I live, and capture the sunrise and the fresh snow. The warm light on Googins Island, and the shoreline rocks, dusted with a coating of powder, made for a nice winter scene. Sure enough, the temperature warmed up later in the day and everything was melted by sunset. Just the kind of winter it was this year.

Milky Way Over The Nubble

Late February is typically the start of Milky Way Season for landscape photographers. That is when it begins to rise above the horizon in the northern hemisphere. And if you desire to photograph it with something specific in the foreground, you need to plan ahead. The Milky Way is only visible above the Nubble Lighthouse from late February until late March. After that, the core- that bright area on the right side of the image- moves further to the west, and impossible to line up behind the lighthouse. Unfortunately, in March, this happens around 2:30am, so sleep is put aside for an evening. This was an image I'd wanted for a while, but in previous years, the weather, scheduling, and other factors all prevented me from getting it. I was thrilled to be able to come up with this image finally.

Quiet Afternoon on the Dock

In mid-March, I headed into Boston for the day to scout locations for an upcoming workshop I was teaching. I had planned to visit Fan Pier, with its iconic view of the Boston Financial District. As I walked along the harbor walk, I passed this scene at the Boston Rowing Center. The way the sun was hitting the dock and boat, the reflection in the water, and all the wood texture captivated me. I decided on a tight composition, to limit only what I wanted in the scene. I took a few images and moved on. This image sticks with me, as it's quite different from my usual. very geometric, with the rectangles, triangles, and the contrast of yellows and blues.

Full Moon on Bailey Island

In late March, we were in for a treat with yet another super moon. I'm not a big fan of all of the media hype of these things. In reality they aren't all that much bigger, and the best time to photograph the moon is when it is rising or setting nearly simultaneously with the opposite action from the sun. In other words, photographing the moonrise as the sun sets, or moonset as the sun rises. In this case, it was the latter. I walked far down the cribstone bridge and used a telephoto lens to zoom in. This makes the moon look large in relation to the foreground. I was able to get a few nice images, but this image here is quintessential Maine coast. A lobster boat at anchor. A lobster shack and dock. And a seafood restaurant on the far shore. It was a perfect beginning to Spring, as this was taken on the first morning of Spring.