Rare Air

Looking down on Boston’s Zakim Bridge from a few hundred feet above in a Bell JetRanger helicopter.

Flight and aviation will forever be something I love and admire and think about with awe and admiration. I’ve been lucky to fly the skies of Boston in a helicopter a few times and it’s really something special that goes beyond any word based descriptions of the feeling of zipping around within the perspective of the birds that fly above us. Everything looks a little different from above, and the rarity of the perspectives is a big part of what makes aerial photography so interesting and special in my mind.

Office Layers

The many levels of offices at Hancock Tower in Boston.

Boston’s Hancock Tower, or 200 Clarendon building is one of the great gems of the cities architecture. Built to fit on a unique lot within the Back Bay it’s a design that remains sleek and modern even though it’s not at all a new one. The skyscraper has a wonderful symmetry to it and it provides for unique angles all around the tower.

Winter Walk

A pedestrian walking along a snow covered path in Boston Common during a winter storm.

Winter in Boston is a love/hate relationship for most folks, but it’s a photogenic happening that I really enjoy. There are so many nuances to the weather when storms arise and different locations really shine at different times, but this little nook within Boston Common is surely one of the good spots.

Rooftop Kiss

Sometimes interesting and powerful moments happen simply by being in the right place at the right time, and this was one of those instances. The rooftops of Boston are typically quiet and somewhat secret places amongst the chaos of below, but on this summer afternoon a couple had found a great spot within the city for a warm embrace that sums up a lot of thoughts about the magical juxtapositions that cities often carry with them.

Pastel Break

An abstract view of a wave breaking along the shoreline of Miacomet Beach.

Nantucket is a magical place for both it’s culture as well as it’s landscape, and I love spending time on the island and photographing the quintessential New England scenery. I came upon this abstract scene on a stormy evening roaming Miacomet Beach, and while accentuating time within the photograph I think it helped render the never-ending motion of the waves careening onto the beautiful sandy shoreline.

Walden Sunset

A glowing autumn sunset at Walden Pond in Concord, MA. (Michael J. Clarke)
A glowing autumn sunset at Walden Pond in Concord, MA. (Michael J. Clarke)

There are a lot of spots on our beautiful planet that provide a great view of the sunset, but I will always say that Walden Pond is a local favorite. Known for it’s historic past with the writings of Thoreau, it’s a busy suburban Boston spot during the summer months but the best seasons to visit the location are really the autumn and winter months.

This October sunset had the perfect positioning for the warm glow setting below the cloud cover and the vibrant colors reflecting upon Walden’s waters. It’s a great spot that is worth checking out for anyone in the New England area.

Summer at Parker Brook

The cascading horsetail at Parker Brook Falls in Savoy, MA. (Michael J. Clarke)
The cascading horsetail at Parker Brook Falls in Savoy, MA. (Michael J. Clarke)

While it may be a bit lesser known than the Northern areas of New England, the Western Massachusetts landscape is full of some of the most rugged and pristine natural forest areas of the Northeast region of the United States.

This location fits the title of a hidden gem deep within the rural forests of Savoy Massachusetts. Nestled beside the better known Tannery Falls, this scene captures the upper horsetail of Parker Brook Falls while lined with moss and the lively greenery of the summer months. The flow and the vibrance of the scene demonstrate the rugged landscape of the area in pristine form.

Green Summer

The vibrant forest land of Minuteman National Park on a warm June afternoon. (Michael J. Clarke)
The vibrant forest land of Minuteman National Park on a warm June afternoon. (Michael J. Clarke)

One of my favorite characteristics about the New England landscape is the degree of change that is reflected on the area as the different seasons come and go. The lush and alive vibrance of summer is what gives the cold and empty feelings of winter such stark contrast, and it really is a beautiful thing.

I came upon this layered scene of sunlight and forest life on a warm June afternoon and was struck by the complexity of the forest in front of me. From the floor to the treetops the growth and vibrance of summer was in full swing at this moment, and it’s a stunning time of year within the local landscape.

The Misty Mountains

The trees and misty mountains during a summer afternoon in Pinkham Notch, NH. (Michael J. Clarke)
The trees and misty mountains during a summer afternoon in Pinkham Notch, NH. (Michael J. Clarke)

Crawford Notch includes some of the most rugged landscapes of New England, and they are easily some of the best photographic lands of the area. The Mount Washington area is known for it’s quickly changing and unpredictable weather, and even in the summertime it’s hard to tell exactly what the weather will bring or how quickly it might change.

I made this picture on a summer afternoon that included both rain and sunshine, and this moment captured the blending of both conditions as fog and storm clouds rolled through the valley while the sun broke through simultaneously and illuminated the green forests of the area.

Sabbaday Punchbowl

Inside the Sabbaday Falls Punchbowl - Waterville Valley, NH. (Michael J. Clarke)
Inside the Sabbaday Falls Punchbowl – Waterville Valley, NH. (Michael J. Clarke)

Punchbowls are a rare formation for waterfalls and there are only a handful of them across the entire United States. We are lucky to have an awesome example here in New England at the top tier of Sabbaday Falls in the Southern tier of The White Mountains.

Making this picture took a lot of careful planning and execution to capture the falls on a summer afternoon with the right flow of water at the falls. It’s a picture that I am very proud of as it captures the energy and history of the location and makes me think of the thousands of years of water flow that have carved this formation into the sculpted granite rock that serves as the foundation for the beautiful spot.