Helicopter images of the New Hampshire coast in foliage season

First of a series… near the peak of foliage season (mid-October) we decided to fly from Boston to Bar Harbor, Maine, following the shoreline, in a Robinson R44 helicopter. Tony Cammarata was in back with a door removed (frosty!) and a Nikon D850. Instrument student Vince Dorow was with me in the front seats.

Here are some of the images, in 8K resolution, starting in Newburyport, Massachusetts and going through Hampton, New Hampshire:

Up through Rye, New Hampshire:

and then to Portsmouth, New Hampshire:

I’m also working on an 8K YouTube video, tied up for some time in a copyright dispute due to scammers downloading public domain music from musopen.org, rolling it into profit-seeking YouTube “albums”, and then claiming it as their own original copyright material. (The copyright claim seems to be cleared now, but YouTube’s servers are still crunching away to build 4K and 8K versions.)

2 thoughts on “Helicopter images of the New Hampshire coast in foliage season

  1. Left column, second and third photos down: nice shot of the Seabrook Station nuclear power plant.

    “With its 1,244-megawatt electrical output, Seabrook Unit 1 is the largest individual electrical generating unit on the New England power grid….Seabrook Station generates approximately 40 percent of New Hampshire’s total electricity, and its emission-free operation helps avoid the emission of nearly 4 million tons of carbon dioxide annually, which is the equivalent of taking almost 700,000 cars off the road.”

    And they hate it!


    “The six Massachusetts towns within the 10-mile radius were also opposed to Seabrook Station, which resulted in political opposition, such as from Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, and numerous legal suits during construction.[5]”

    • Sorry, third and fourth photos down. I almost didn’t notice the power station until I zoomed in and saw the containment building. It’s a Pressurized Water Reactor and the containment building is 180 feet tall, with a 14.5″ thick outer concrete dome and a 4.5 foot thick inner dome. It gets its water via twin 3 mile long tunnels to the ocean.


      What’s surprising in the context of the photo is how small and tucked away in the countryside the reactor looks. Almost half of NH’s electricity in that tiny footprint, and it was an absolutely tooth/nail battle to get it constructed and keep it running and certified. It’s been operating for more than 30 years, so that all the relatively wealthy folks in the surrounding area can have clean, reliable power. And no windmills to kill the sea birds or despoil the views.

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