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Trappe Pond

  • By David Harp on October 01, 2014
A kayaker's paddle flashes red in against the saturated greens of Trap Pond. (David Harp photo) This young cypress has spent nearly a century pushing up out of the old mill pond.  (David Harp photo)

I always try to get out and make some photos on the solstices and equinoxes,  and an assignment to illustrate a story about Trap Pond allowed me to chase the morning light there a few hours after this year’s Autumnal equinox.   It’s an amazingly beautiful patch of wild Delaware near Laurel and will be featured in the November issue of the Bay Journal.   The pond, created in the 18th century to power a saw mill to convert the trees into board feet of lumber,  is the epicenter of the northern most stand of bald cypress trees in the United States.   The relatively young trees in the middle of the pond were planted in the 1930’s when the water level  was drawn down to allow the trees to grow.    Once they’re heads are above the water they seem to do fine in an aquatic environment.  Be sure to look for a more complete story about Trap Pond State Park by Tom Horton in the November issue of the Bay Journal.

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About David Harp

Dave Harp is a photographer living in Cambridge, MD, who specializes in capturing images of the Chesapeake Bay.

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