Along Kent Island is a small and safe harbor that houses a number of crab, fishing and oyster boats. A true Chesapeake Bay Watermen’s local haven, where the century long tradition of creating a livelihood from the bay is held.
This winter has been an exceptionally cold winter. For the first time in 30 years, the bay was completely frozen over. Holding these water vessels captive, while moored along the dock.
These boats, well weathered from the beating sun and harsh elements stood quiet awaiting for the ice to relent. The colorful baskets stacked, ready for the next outing to hold the bay’s crustacean treasures.
While these boats appear to have been put up for the winter, many of them looked as if their captains had just left for a coffee break. But alas, that is not the case. The ice has them blocked in for the unforeseeable future. With spring just a breath away.
When all the world appears to be in a tumult, and nature itself is feeling the assault of climate change, the seasons retain their essential rhythm. Yes, fall gives us a premonition of winter, but then, winter, will be forced to relent, once again, to the new beginnings of soft greens, longer light, and the sweet air of spring.