My Favorite Fort.
Located along the shore of Gerrish Island in Kittery Point, Fort Foster was once part of the U.S. coastal defense system. Active from 1901 thru 1946, the fort is now part of Fort Foster Park, and managed by the town of Kittery, Maine.
The park is a year ’round favorite with everyone from families to scuba divers, with a beach, playground and walking trails. For the history buffs, there’s something too. Scattered throughout the park are the historic remains of Battery Bohlen and Battery Chapin. In Part 3 I’ll be sharing images of some of these remnants of history.
For me the park is one of the best seascape photography locations on the southern Maine seacoast. With rocky shore, sandy beaches, and views of Whaleback Lighthouse and the Wood Island Life Saving Station, there’s something to satisfy any seascape photographers desires. One of the best qualities of the park is that due to its location on the southern tip of the island, it has the rare distinction of being a great spot to photograph both sunrise and sunset.
That Glorious Pier.
One of my favorite landmarks located within the park, and the subject of this post, is the pier jutting out from the shoreline and into the Piscataqua River that forms the border between New Hampshire and Maine. This beautifully photogenic pier has been the subject of more than a few photos I’ve made over the years. In fact, because I photograph the pier so often it’s become a personal challenge to try to come up with something different each time.
On, under, or around, about the only preferences I have when photographing near the pier are good light and low, or nearly low tide.
In part 2 I’ll be back at Fort Foster with some rocks and a Lighthouse.