Of course I love any opportunity to photograph along the seacoast and on this visit, I managed to capture the surf at sunrise on Ocean Drive, and also the full moon rising over the Point Judith Lighthouse. We toured the Breakers, Cornelius Vanderbilt’s little 70 room seaside “cottage” and window-shopped along Newport’s overpriced downtown. The visit was lovely, but too short. We pledged to return for further explorations, but didn’t realize that this visit would directly lead to another opportunity visit Newport.
|The Adirondack II|
About one year ago, I was contacted by the a representative of Gurney’s Resort and Marina, located on Goat Island off Newport’s waterfront. They wanted to use one of my sunrise ocean-view pictures on one of their promotional emails.
|The "Money" Picture|
|Sunset on the Pell Bridge from Gurney's|
|Newport Harbor Lighthouse at Gurney's|
|Castle Hill Light|
I also shot the sky with the lighthouse at my back, getting an un-obscured view of the stars, with the red bathed rock in the foreground. I did what I could, but by 2:30 Susan was calling, wondering if I had fallen off the rocks. It was time to stumble back to the hotel.
The next day I took Susan to see the lighthouse. I hoped for some warm sunset light, but overcast had set in before the evening thunderstorms. This is a to which I will definitely return on future trips.
|Fred Perry at the Tennis Hall of Fame|
Hall of Fame
On our one full day in Newport, we visited the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Beautiful grounds with more grass courts than I have ever seen. We also got a look at their indoor “Real Tennis” court. This is one of about 43 surviving courts on which this ancient progenitor of tradition lawn tennis was played.
During our search for breakfast, before heading home on Tuesday, we stumbled on the Newport Charter Yacht Show. The show attracted luxury sailing and motor vessels which were as amazing as they were obscenely opulent. One 200 foot vessel could be rented for the meager price of 400K / week, but split twelve way it would be a bargain. On this vessel, we watched as a crew member meticulous used a lint brush to remove every fleck from the welcome mat. Needless to say, we were not invited on board.
Give the range from the simple natural beauty of the seacoast and the ridiculous extravagance of the mansions and yachts, Newport is a Greta place to visit. I thank the folks at Gurney’s and I hope to return. I will be working a bunch more images for them to consider in my growing Newport Gallery.