At 81 years young, Louis Cantler is one of the Chesapeake Bay’s iconic watermen. He’s pulling crab pots this morning; by afternoon, you can eat them at his eponymous restaurant near Annapolis. “Morning Duty” by Kim Kelly
Dazzling colors surround two Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, members of a large pod, heading south at sunrise near Reedville, Virginia. Dolphins have been present in the lower Bay since the late 1800s, but this year, many have been sighted in the upper Bay as warming water temperatures have pushed their food sources farther north. “Southbound” by Tupper Hyde.
Although there have been reports of Bottlenose Dolphins in the Chesapeake Bay since the early 1800s, they have remained an elusive species in our waters. But this year, sightings have significantly increased generating excitement and curiosity from residents, environmentalists, and scientists alike. This pair was photographed in East Bay at the mouth of the Miles River.
“Bottlenose Dolphins” by Susan Hale
Ice has always been a threat to screwpile lights on the Chesapeake. In 1877, the original lens of the Thomas Point lighthouse was destroyed when it toppled by shaking from ice floes. The lens was replaced and additional piles and riprap were placed around the foundation in order to protect it. By 1964, it was the last manned light in the Chesapeake Bay; it finally became automated in 1986. It is currently the last unaltered screwpile cottage-type lighthouse on its original foundation in the Chesapeake Bay. It will be honored on a new stamp to be issued by the US Postal Service on August 7. “Chasing the Storm” by David Sites.