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News, notes and observations from the Bay Journal staff.

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More adult sturgeon turning up on the Marshyhope

Groggy from a dose of anesthesia administered by biologists from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the large sturgeon nudged against my kayak on a beautiful late summer morning on Marshyhope Creek. It then swam along the surface, looking very much like the ancient species that it is — or maybe something out of a Jules Verne novel — and finally dove deeper into the creek.

For this Bay Journal photographer, is was a lovely commute by kayak to a very interesting assignment.

David Harp

Bay dead zone made big comeback in August

The dead zone that largely disappeared from the Bay earlier this summer made a dramatic comeback in August when oxygen-starved water covered a much greater area of the Chesapeake than normal.

Karl Blankenship

Scientists call for giving shad a boost – by tearing down dams

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is recommending that major investments be made for fish passages at Conowingo Dam as part of the requirements of a new license for the giant hydroelectric facility on the lower Susquehanna River.

Karl Blankenship

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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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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Virginia oystermen in Kegotank Bay

I had been out most of the day photographing a pair of seaside Virginia oystermen in Kegotank Bay, near Gargatha Inlet and was generally pleased with the day's work.  The two watermen had been picking up clumps of oysters, breaking them apart with  culling hammers and saving the prime ones in wire baskets.    Having finished the last few photos of them off loading the oysters, I began to pack up my camera and audio gear when I caught another oyster picker out of the corner of my eye.   He was celebrating a 4 bushel day (at $50 per bushel) with a Colt 45.  His wonderful demeanor, working man's wardrobe and the nice late afternoon light made for a great combination.

David Harp

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