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Montgomery County taking the farm to school this year

Starting this year, the Mobile Ag Science Lab run by the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation (MAEF) will begin pulling up to the 140 elementary schools in Montgomery County, inviting kids on board to learn about their food systems and apply the scientific method to “real world problems faced by farmers.”

Whitney Pipkin

Summer brings awards for Bay Journal staff

It has been an exciting and award-winning summer for the Chesapeake Bay Journal.

Associate Editor Lara Lutz won a regional Emmy for The Invasive Chase, a program she produced for Outdoors Maryland, which airs on Maryland Public Television. Lara was the segment producer for the show. Veteran MPT producer Mike English, who is the recipient of many honors for his outstanding work, oversaw the segment. The award came from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

When congratulated about the Emmy, Lara said it was the subject - snakeheads - that really made the program compelling. But Lara is being modest. She is a terrific storyteller and readers of the Bay Journal look forward to her deft ability to weave history and culture into her science stories about the region. The Invasive Chase was her first video production for MPT.

Kid fun exploring the waterfront by taxi

Today we continue looking at summer fun. After kayaking Pittsburgh, swimming at Savage Neck and exploring the beaches at Crisfield, I was eager to take my daughter someplace closer to home. I live in Baltimore, so naturally, I picked the Harbor.

Usually, we spend at least one day each summer down at the Inner Harbor spending money. And when I say money, I mean a lot of money. Admission for a family to the Science Center or the National Aquarium or Port Discovery is not cheap. Plus, kids need lunch. They also seem to always want ice cream. Parking is not a bargain, either. When it’s all said and done, you’ve gone only nine miles from home but spent close to $150.

This time, I decided, the water itself would be the destination. Well, the water and ice cream. We would ride the water taxi around. That’s it. No visits to museums, no expensive lunches, no begging to visit the Top of the World for the view. Just the boat. That would have to be enough of a thrill.

Rona Kobell

Picture This

Tips from veteran Chesapeake Bay photographer Dave Harp about how to capture the perfect images from your outdoor travels.

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Pond paddle provides lovely setting for photos

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.

David Harp
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Order of Chaos

Photographers go to great lengths to make order out of chaos. A good photograph has a strong point of view, clean lines, generally good composition. In this case chaos IS the point. Anyone who has ever witnessed a flock of snow geese erupt into flight knows that the sight and sounds of those birds says chaos to the extreme.    This flock was photographed with a 200mm lens, 2x tele extender, Olympus E-5 camera, 1250/sec. @ f5.6. ISO 200. The scene was made at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge just after sunrise, thin cloud cover.

David Harp
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January morning along the Choptank River

It was a very cold pre dawn January morning along the Choptank River.   Out to capture some winter scenes (since we didn't really have winter last year). I found this ice encrusted plant and made a photo in the early morning light.    Wanting more drama in the photo I waited until the rising sun barely kissed it and made another exposure. Sometimes is pays to wait for the light.Both photographs were made with an Olympus E-5, 12-60mm lens at 21mm.  

David Harp

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