Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wabanaki

A blue hour view near the bow of the Wabanaki, the newest vessel of Casco Bay Lines

Portland, Maine at Night September 2014 view from Casco Bay Lines Wabanaki photo by Corey Templeton

Monday, September 29, 2014

Random Acts of "Art"

It's not all museum-quality work, but there is never a lack of random pieces of art around town. Some of it is certainly more artistic than others. Some is little more than vandalism, a random scribble of letters or a phrase, while some is less of an annoyance. Here are three random pieces from the past few weeks:

Portland, Maine 2014 photo by Corey Templeton rose stencil on Eastern Promenade

Portland, Maine 2014 photo by Corey Templeton cat graffiti on Fore Street

Portland, Maine 2014 photo by Corey Templeton random graffiti on a bench

From back in May:
Portland, Maine 2014 photo by Corey Templeton tiny ballerina dancer graffiti

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fountain in the Oaks

Had to snap a quick (hand-held) shot across the pond after last evening's Twilight in the Park Event at Deering Oaks:

September 2014 Portland, Maine from Deering Oaks Park at night photo by Corey Templeton

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Twilight in the Park

The Hospice of Southern Maine's annual Twilight in the Park event was held earlier this evening in Deering Oaks Park. This was the first time I've checked the event out so I wasn't sure what to expect. It ended up being a perfect evening for the event, which, as advertised, was a moving experience. Each of the luminaria were dedicated to a specific person who is no longer with us.

Twilight in the Park by Southern Maine Hospice September 2014 Portland, Maine Deering Oaks Park photo by Corey Templeton

Twilight in the Park by Southern Maine Hospice September 2014 Portland, Maine Deering Oaks Park photo by Corey Templeton

Twilight in the Park by Southern Maine Hospice September 2014 Portland, Maine Deering Oaks Park photo by Corey Templeton


Friday, September 26, 2014

Harbor Watch

Looking beyond the Custom House towards the harbor. The Nova Star ferry can be seen backing into its spot at Ocean Gateway.

Portland, Maine June 2014 Old Port Custom House and harbor sunset photo by Corey Templeton

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Portland Shades of Grey

A colorless view from the East End Beach this past Sunday. I only had to desaturate the original version of this photo a tiny bit to make it completely black and white. 

Portland, Maine September 2014 East End Beach black and white of Casco Bay photo by Corey Templeton

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Textile & Fashion

A glimpse inside the Maine College of Art's relatively new Textile and Fashion Design space next door to their main campus on Free Street. 

MECA Maine College of Art Textile and Fashion Design space 85 Free Street Portland, Maine at night photo by Corey Templeton

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Last of Us

What appears to be the last bunch of flowers on State Street poking through an old fence:

September 2014 Flowers and Fence on State Street in West End of Portland, Maine. Photo by Corey Templeton.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sunset Spot

The park around Bug Light in South Portland is almost always a good spot to watch the sunset.


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Trail to Ale 2014

The annual Trail to Ale race, a fundraiser for Portland Trails, was held this morning. The "rain or shine" event featured 1,871 participants running or walking the scenic 10k course. I was there early as a set-up volunteer, and also got to take control of the Portland Trails Instagram account for the day. Check it out here for more of today's photos and be sure to give them a "follow." Some of my photos from previous years can also be seen here

The 2014 Trail to Ale race on the Eastern Promenade to benefit Portland Trails. Portland, Maine. September 21, 2014. Photo by Corey Templeton.

The 2014 Trail to Ale race on the Eastern Promenade to benefit Portland Trails. Portland, Maine. September 21, 2014. Photo by Corey Templeton.

The 2014 Trail to Ale race on the Eastern Promenade to benefit Portland Trails. Portland, Maine. September 21, 2014. Photo by Corey Templeton.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

From a Window Seat

A view towards the Portland Observatory looking through a Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad car. 

Portland Observatory and Munjoy Hill looking through Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Car in Portland, Maine 2014 photo by Corey Templeton

Friday, September 19, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Under Construction: September 2014 (2)

I left a few locations off of my post earlier this month so it's time for another entry.

First is the project on Maine Wharf (to the left) which may include a restaurant on the first floor and office space above:

Portland, Maine Construction September 2014 Maine Wharf photo by Corey Templeton


Sheridan Street Apartments, which will sit on a 45 degree incline below Standpipe Park. Hoping the views from the Park aren't negatively impacted.

Portland, Maine Construction September 2014 Sheridan Street Apartments Munjoy Hill photo by Corey Templeton

Munjoy Heights rises in the distance. And in the foreground, the current location of Casale's Auto on Washington Avenue may become the site of East Cove Townhomes.

Portland, Maine Construction September 2014 Munjoy Heights and East Cove Townhomes Washington Avenue Munjoy Hill photo by Corey Templeton


And for good measure, an update on West End Place.

Portland, Maine Construction September 2014 West End Place apartments photo by Corey Templeton

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Block of Bricks

A late afternoon sun lighting up the front of the Thomas Block on Commercial Street:

Thomas Block Building at 100 Commercial Street in Portland, Maine Old Port photo by Corey Templeton

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

West St.

Pictured today is a sunflower on West Street. Sidewalk-based gardens (in the area between the sidewalk and the road), such as this one, are a nice way for residents to show off their green thumbs and make their street a little more picturesque. 

Sunflower on West Street in the West End of Portland, Maine. September 2014. Photo by Corey Templeton.

Monday, September 15, 2014

When You Look to the West

Your standard bench and sunset photo at the Western Promenade last evening:

Portland, Maine September 2014 Western Promenade Sunset and Bench photo by Corey Templeton

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Martin's Point Bridge, 2014

I did a quick walk-by of the new Martin's Point Bridge today. A "grand opening bash" was held along the pedestrian and bicycle walkway on the east side of the bridge and along the Portland approach. 

Martin's Point Bridge between Portland, Maine and Falmouth, Maine. September 2014. Photo by Corey Templeton.

Martin's Point Bridge between Portland, Maine and Falmouth, Maine. September 2014. Photo by Corey Templeton.

Martin's Point Bridge between Portland, Maine and Falmouth, Maine. September 2014. Photo by Corey Templeton.



Saturday, September 13, 2014

Modern Day Explorer

The Explorer of the Seas, one of the cruise ships in town today, pictured at Ocean Gateway. Some of the tourists on board might have been disappointed by the afternoon weather, but I think Portland tends to be rather photogenic with some cloud cover and passing showers. 

Portland, Maine September 2014 Royal Carribean Explorer of the Seas cruise ship at Ocean Gateway photo by Corey Templeton

Friday, September 12, 2014

Top of the Hill

A view from above the Hilltop Superette and North Street from the Portland Observatory:

Portland, Maine September 2014 view from Portland Observatory at Sunset over North Street and Hilltop Superette Store photo by Corey Templeton

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Light the Way

A recent view of the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, otherwise known as Bug Light, in South Portland. You would be correct to assume that I also have some skyline shots to share from this spot. 

South Portland, Maine Portland Breakwater Lighthouse Bug Light Sunset August 2014 photo by Corey Templeton

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Portland Welcomes You

I'm not sure if the city is going for a rustic vibe, or if these signs around town just need to be replaced. I like the design overall but I think it's time for a refresh!


Monday, September 8, 2014

Under Construction: September 2014

Time for an update on some of the new buildings rising around the peninsula. In no particular order:

409 Cumberland Avenue,  housing by Avesta. 

409 Cumberland Avenue housing by Avesta Construction August 2014 Photo by Corey Templeton


118 on Munjoy Hill, luxury condos with first floor retail.

118 on Munjoy Hill condo Congress Street Construction September 2014 Photo by Corey Templeton


West End Place, apartments with first floor retail on the corner of Pine and Brackett Streets.

West End Place Portland, Maine Pine and Brackett Street Construction September 2014 Photo by Corey Templeton


Munjoy Heights, luxury townhomes off of Walnut Street.

Munjoy Heights luxury townhomes construction in Portland, Maine Munjoy Hill August  2014 Photo by Corey Templeton


Maine Medical Center, Bramhall Campus expansion (new operating rooms). 

Maine Medical Center September 2014 construction in Portland, Maine Photo by Corey Templeton

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sun & Water

A recent sunset reflected off of the water of Casco Bay between South Portland and Portland:

August 2014 Summer Sunset reflected off water of Casco Bay in Portland, Maine USA photo by Corey Templeton

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Bike Corral

Portland's first bike corral was set up on Friday in front of Crema Coffee and Rosemont Market on Commercial Street. One bicycle corral can provide temporary parking for up to ten bicycles (as opposed to just one car). You can read more about the project in the city's press release here. If this pilot location goes well then we will hopefully see a few more corrals in front of local businesses next year. 

Bike parking corral in Portland, Maine USA on Commercial Street in front of Crema Coffee and Rosemont Market Bakery. September 2014. Photo by Corey Templeton.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Jewell Island, Continued

Looking north and east from the Jewell Island observation tower:

Jewell Island Portland, Maine Casco Bay New England Observation Tower photo by Corey Templeton August 2014 Summer

The Rita B., which offers fishing trips as well as harbor cruises and tours, was my transportation to the island:

Jewell Island Portland, Maine Casco Bay New England Rita B Boat photo by Corey Templeton August 2014 Summer

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Skyline from Jewell Island

Jewell Island offers a unique view of the Portland skyline if you bring a lens with some reach. I think the land in the foreground is the back side of Peaks Island. 

Portland, Maine City Skyline from Jewell Island in Casco Bay Summer August 2014 Photo by Corey Templeton

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Commercial Street Abstract

Looking through two windows towards the Custom House. Perhaps partly inspired by some of the paintings by Richard Estes, currently on exhibit at the Portland Museum of Art until September 7th.

Portland, Maine August 2014 Summer Commercial Street reflections abstract in the Old Port photo by Corey Templeton

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Halfway Rock Lighthouse

Here is a view of the Halfway Rock Lighthouse taken from Jewell Island. The lighthouse, currently up for auction, was completed in 1871 and is on the National Register of Historical Places. Its name comes from being located roughly halfway between Cape Elizabeth and Cape Small, the two ends of Casco Bay. 

Halfway Rock Lighthouse in Casco Bay near Portland, Maine and Jewell Island August 2014 Summer Sunset photo by Corey Templeton

Monday, September 1, 2014

Jewell Island - The Tower

Pictured here is the observation tower (the island's largest one) that provided my aerial views of Jewell Island:

Jewell Island observation lookout tower in Portland, Maine Casco Bay summer August 2014 photo by Corey Templeton