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News, notes and observations from the Bay Journal staff.

Potomac Conservancy crowd-funding to save WV landscape

The Potomac Conservancy has launched an online campaign to raise $35,000 to help purchase and preserve key lands in West Virginia. 

Whitney Pipkin
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Dominion Virginia Power sued over coal ash waste pits

The Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of the Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club, filed suit on March 19, 2015, against Dominion Virginia Power for violations of the Clean Water Act due to leaking coal ash pits from the Chesapeake Energy Center in Chesapeake, Virginia.


Leslie Middleton

Manure hour graces Midday on the Bay

This Thursday, Midday on the Bay returns to the airwaves with something I like to call the Manure Hour.

We will devote the entire hour to talking about phosphorus, the management tools for it, the way other states are controlling it and…

What’s that? I’ve lost you? You mean there are people out there who don’t want to hear me explain the different consistencies of manure and which ones work best for which needs? You mean I’ve already cleared the room?

Yes, it’s true. My name is Rona and I write about manure.

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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