A look at one family's multi-generational efforts to protect a Chesapeake Bay stream and The Nature Conservancy's work to assure that it continues to flourish as an 11,000-acre preserve.
The half-hour documentary features Mary Ada and Dwight Marshall, whose lives personify the Chesapeake Bay’s seafood-harvesting culture and history, and their four children — who chose to break with that tradition. The film, like Horton's 1996 book, An Island Out of Time, is both a celebration and elegy for a place beset with erosion, dwindling population and vanishing economic opportunities. The film will make its TV debut next year on Maryland Public Television, with sneak previews scheduled before then.
If the consequences of global warming and higher sea levels are distant concepts for you, come on down to Dorchester County, ground zero for sea level rise along the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay. Observe the dying forests, sunken tombstones and waterlogged home foundations of vanished communities, and hear warnings from scientists and the stories of residents who may soon need to retreat because of higher water.
It’s been 40 years since William W. Warner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Beautiful Swimmers, introduced us to the Chesapeake Bay blue crab — a creature that’s been captivating diners and scientists alike ever since.
Now, the Bay Journal presents Beautiful Swimmers Revisited, in which Tom Horton narrates a journey around the Bay to look in on those who catch, study and eat blue crabs. Iconic images of the Bay, fishermen and the beautiful blue crab itself weave the story together as it’s told from kayaks, fishing boats, research vessels and Horton’s 21-foot skiff.