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Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat keeps pace with our changing culture of pets

St. Francis of Summer

Nature has bared her soul, and our hearts soar

That special space where humans and animals come together

For their dogs, Beagle Rescue of Southern Maryland will do just about anything 

The crabs were fat, plentiful and willing to be caught

See America the Beautiful for only $10

Sixty-two (and up) is the right age and August the right month to enjoy the best deal the federal government has to offer: the Senior Pass to Federal Lands.             America the Beautiful Passes open the gates to over 2,000 federal recreation sites spanning all 50 states plus many American territories.             For $10, you — and a carload of up to four people — enjoy...

For a few days around the full moon, blue crabs are at their most vulnerable    

            Our precious resource, the Atlantic blue crab, grows by backing out of its armored shell. This feat is achieved by the crab swelling its body with water until it literally bursts out of the back seam. The crab will then begin wriggling free, leg by leg times eight plus two claws.             Full moons like the one coming August 7 are prime shedding times.        ...

Dickens’ last becomes a whodunnit

            Charles Dickens’ commentaries showed the often dark and ­dreary reality of life in Victorian England. So why is a group of teenage actors of The Talent Machine Company dancing and singing a Dickens’ story at St. John’s College?             The author’s death in 1870 left The Mystery of Edwin Drood unfinished, opening the door to creative interpretations. The first modern...
Bay Weekly’s vacation photo tips
Your trip is booked? Check. Travel and accommodations paid for? Double check. Ready to use your camera or phone to take some awesome photographs? Maybe … Whether you’re making your annual sojourn to the beach, maybe Assateague Island, my favorite … your trip of a lifetime to a classic European city … or visiting a local park, you, yes you, have the ability to record your vacation with memorable photographs. To take your photography to the next level, whether for fun...

Middle-schoolers learn to see through the lens to bring everyday images to life

This summer middle-schooler ­Kinsey Helmly discovered something surprising about photography.     “I love how every picture has a story behind it,” she writes. “In my photo Blissful Forest, my model has words written on her hand from a classmate at school. That’s why her hand is closed. But you would never have known that had I not told you. That’s what I love about photos. They all have a secret.”     Helmly was one of...

Confessions of a Jay Fleming pupil

After my ninth grade photography teacher’s put-down, I have shied away from taking any photos but snapshots — and definitely no Snapchats. “You manage to capture something that is already beautiful, but you fail to create it as a picture.”     Annapolis photographer Jay Fleming is proving that even I can take pictures. This month at Herrington Harbour Marina, I joined a class of 15 students, with varying levels of photography experience, learning to take...

Holly Lanzaron’s picture tells a whole story of a new family

Amid the ordinary, Holly Lanzaron chanced upon the extraordinary. In a shopping center parking lot in Deale, on the crushed stone, a mother killdeer sat hatching four speckled eggs.     “We didn’t know that she was nesting right away,” said the Southern Middle-Schooler on Deale Elks Club’s sponsored photo safari with Muddy Creek Artists Guild mentor Bea Poulin and Hannah Dove. “At first we thought that the bird was wounded and could not fly....

Through his lens and words, Mark Hendricks captures rare moments with elusive creatures

Assateague Island, that 37-mile barrier island where the Atlantic Ocean meets our Eastern Shore, is a place I love to be. Having toddled around Key West in my earliest years, I love ocean, beach and island, and Assateague gives me all three. As a four-season repeat visitor, I thought I knew Assateague fairly well.     Mark Hendricks’ photo- and storybook Natural Wonders of Assateague Island shows me how wrong I was. Poring over the 198 photos in its 144 pages, I recognize...

Photoplay for the 21st century

Ever since people could snap pictures, we have.     Brownies (1900-1960) … Polaroids (1948-1998) … disposables (1986) … digitals (since the mid-1990s) … cell-phones (since 2000) …     Technology by technology, we’ve covered our lives, our vacations and the world around us as determinedly as one-man, woman- and child- Life and Look Magazines (if you know what I mean). Those grand photographic page-throughs of our world...

Though not Bay natives, channel catfish are worth an angler’s time

Despite a firm New Year’s resolution to rise earlier during the hot summer months to take advantage of the cooler dawn hours when the rockfish are on the hunt, I once again failed to get out of bed and on the water until 8am. The day by then was already heating up and the striper bite a memory.     Unwilling to brave the heat and the daytime crowds chumming, I decided to focus on white perch with ultra-light tackle since the tides would remain favorable until at least noon...