Description - The Great Marsh by David W. Harp
Is it still possible to make a voyage of discovery in Maryland, the US's fifth most densely settled state? In this volume, David W. Harp's photography and Tom Horton's prose produce a portrait of one such journey in an intriguing and endangered habitat. Into this remarkable territory - whose shrinking dimensions frighten every naturalist and ecologist - Harp and Horton embarked on a canoe trip exploring, documenting and photographing the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Dorchester County. This volume, at its core, is the story of a single crossing of the Blackwater's length, east to west. Separate "sidebar" essays discuss how the marsh functions as a refuge for migrating butterflies, the wetlands sustain a lonely trapper, and the bogs yield archeological treasures - remnants of American Indian hunting forays and colonial boat building - to careful investigation. The edges of the Chesapeake Bay offer Americans some of their loveliest (and most sensitive) wetlands. The fertile waters and soggy vegetation provide a home to ducks, geese, eagles, and dozens of other species of birds; muskrats, squirrels, foxes; and of course insect varieties almost too numerous to count.
The environmental importance of the marshes lies in their filtering pollutants, retarding erosion, and helping to maintain a natural balance among the critters.
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Author Biography - David W. Harp
David W. Harp, former staff photographer for the Baltimore Sun Magazine, has received awards from the Maryland, Delaware, and D.C. Press Associations and the National Press Photographers Association. His photography is regularly featured in national environmental and lifestyle magazines. Tom Horton reported on the Chesapeake Bay for the Baltimore Sun for fifteen years before becoming a freelancer in 1987. Horton's first book, Bay Country, won the John Burroughs Medal for our nation's best natural history book of the year. David Harp and Tom Horton's previous book, Water's Way: Life Along the Chesapeake, is also available from Johns Hopkins.