Tidewater Review river as he labored near its waters. In t he book’s foreword, Midshore R iverkeeper Conser vancy Director Tim Junkin calls Horton’s narrative “more poetry than pr o s e ,” a nd t h at i s i nde e d t he case. In an essay on Kings Creek, Horton describes a nearby marsh as “a great lozenge of wet and wild n at u r e” a nd c ompa r e s how we measure the value of the marsh and an adjacent cornfield. In these essays, he achieves an effortless blend of science, research, history, beauty and wonder. More than 150 photos from Harp had me paging through the book long after I had finished reading. From a turtle’s-eye view of Nick Carter’s forest f loor, to f locks of tree swallows near the mouth of K i n g s C r e e k … f r om s pr aw l i n g fields and winding waterways shot from aloft, to the hands of Clara Tilghman, still shucking oysters at age 88… from the dark, starry sky that Tubman would have used as she navigated the dangerous land,
to plants and f lowers and grasses and birds and insects and fish all photographed with an eye for the exquisite, Harp’s photos perfectly illustrate the narrative. They’re worth a second look… and a third. Ac c ord i ng to t he publ i sher ’s website, Hor ton and Har p have b e e n c ol l a b o r at i n g s i nc e t h e y met in the 1980s, when Hor ton was the environmental writer for the Baltimore Sun and Harp was the Sun Magazine photographer. They have worked on numerous book s about t he Chesapea ke, video projects, countless magazine articles, and both currently work for the Chesapeake Bay Journal. If Choptank Odyssey represents the body of their work together, I hope these two collaborate for quite a while longer. This book is heartily recommended. Jodie Littleton is a f reelance writer and editor. She lives and works in Chestertown.
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