Portsmouth Harbor Light


Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.

Psalm 143:8


Portsmouth Harbor Light

I tried on multiple occasions throughout the month of December to photograph Portsmouth Harbor Light, adorned with a wreath for Christmas.

The shot I’d wanted to make was at dusk, when the green-colored beam of the lighthouse would be visible, as though wishing all who view it a Merry Christmas.

Unfortunately, that was not to be. Because the composition required interesting clouds, I was heavily dependent on the weather conditions. I went once as a winter storm was moving in, and again immediately following one – but neither time did the sky serve up anything photogenic. I ran over a few more times when it looked as though there might be good color at sunset. Not to be.

This final attempt was over the lunch hour, as a front was moving through the area.

This being the middle of the day, obviously the green light was not glowing. And though the best of the huge, impressive, billowy (and somewhat ominous) clouds filled the sky everywhere except over the lighthouse, I waited until the heavy winds finally blew some of their cousins into position. No longer a Christmas image, but I do like the sky. Sometimes you have to make lemonade!

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