Delights and Dilemmas of Chesapeake Bay

My early inspiration to photograph the people,flora and fauna of the Chesapeake Bay region came from a book by Aldo Leopold called A Sand County Almanac.  He wrote that land should be treated like a community of which we are a part rather than a commodity that we buy and sell.

That community is no more vibrant or more interdependent than on the edge where land and water meet and where culture and place conspire to form the very essence of Chesapeake Bay.   From the human communities that have evolved around crab and oyster and fish, to the complex life in the Bay's salt and freshwater marshes, I try to emphasize the beauty of that watery world but also what we will lose if we don't pay attention to the natural systems that sustain it.

Dave Harp

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