I used to assume that the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art was about duck decoys.

That was before I visited.

This gem of a museum in Salisbury has so much to see - replicas of habitats, fine carved sculptures, gorgeous photos and lots of activities for kids.

There are ducks, too, and if you're lucky, you may get to talk to a carver about his craft. There is also plenty of information on the Wards, a pair of Eastern Shore brothers who elevated decoy carving to a fine art.

We visited a couple of years ago, and you can read about the Ward's new offerings here.

I came away really impressed, and looking forward to bringing my own family back there one day soon.

if you've been thinking about a visit, this weekend would be an excellent time to check it out.

The Ward is hosting a wildlife photo competition. Tomorrow night, the Bay Journal's own Dave Harp will be the event's keynote speaker

The wildlife photos will be on the wall all weekend, for visitors to peruse. Dave will be speaking about photography, too.

All of us at the Bay Journal love working with Dave. We're learned a lot from him -about nature and wild things, light and fog. If you're interested in making your own photos better, or you just want to appreciate the majesty of others' work, check out the event at the Ward. it never disappoints. You may even see a carver, hard at work, skillfully molding his latest creation.