Iced In


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.

KI8feb14-4335 KI8feb14-4306While 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.

Madeleine M. Kunin

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      • It’s a lot nicer than what the East Coast will experience today and tomorrow. We had some snow here (about 2″ and welcome the moisture) but it’s supposed to be in high 60’s tomorrow and Fri. Crazy!
        The wind is a given, too, and it’s difficult to keep shrubs and trees alive in drying winter winds when the outside water system has to be kept off. Good luck with this weather coming your way.

  1. It looks like you’ve stumbled upon some kind of abandoned boat yard, and in a weird way like shipwrecks blown up on land. The boats look out of place being held still in place by all the ice, they look lonely too. Your descriptions painted a nice picture for us about how the scene felt as a whole.

    Stay warm!

    • Believe or not, this is a real working harbor area. These boats go out regularly to work the bay. The boats were so fascinating, you would have loved them. Filled with character. Bet you could write something up worthy of Hemingway.

      • They do appear to have characters all their own. Thank you for the kind words, I do appreciate them. ๐Ÿ˜€

        My dad keeps blowers in the water around his dock to keep the ice at bay but even then he gets some freezing. Needless to say in Northern MI he doesn’t get to do much boating!

        I would bet this harbor for you is just as interesting to visit in their peak working season. I’m sure you’ll be sharing!

        Take care,

        • I have this fantasy of going down to that dock and bribing one of the workmen to go out with them on their boat to go work the lines. Although they’d probably want to leave at 4am.

          See you’re a writing machine again tonight. You are so impressive!

        • Hey thanks!

          That sounds like a heck of a trip, although I wouldn’t want to go out alone! I bet that would be an awesome photo shoot too! That’s a project to work on no doubt. ๐Ÿ™‚


        • I think that would make for a really great article. Get some pics, do a little interview. “Life in the Nets” or “Life with the Nets” or….

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