Island, that is. At the Bay Journal, A photographic farewell to James Island
The photo gallery on this page bears witness to a changing landscape. For decades, Bay Journal photographer Dave Harp has been documenting the withering of James Island in the Chesapeake Bay.
When first settled by the English in the 1660s, the island is believed to have boasted about 1,350 acres of dry land off Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where the Little Choptank River spills into the Bay.
Today, not much remains of the archipelago except a few clumps of mud. Rotting stumps and a fallen trunk or two are all that remain of the thick stands of trees that once graced the terrain. A few lie visible beneath the water.
These images, compiled between 1999 and October this year, present a dramatic depiction of the shrinking island, a victim of erosion and a changing climate. Over the past 100 years, they have driven sea level up by about a foot in the Chesapeake region, and it’s on track to swell another 4 feet by the end of this century, climate scientists say.
I can't embed the slide show (alas), but the first picture is approximately the James Island I walked on in the 2000 (the picture is from 1999).
|James Island 1999|
|James Island 2022|