Photos of the Month: July

Photos of the Month: July 2019

The Alliance, a 105 foot gaff-rigged schooner, floats at twilight along Virginia's York River

Bob Diller

From fireworks and oyster plantings, to summer sunsets along the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams, July was a magical month around the region! Take a look at some of the highlights below from us, our partners, and supporters!

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A kingfisher perches atop a bird house at Marshy Point Nature Center on along the Middle River in Maryland.

Linda McMaon

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I’m forever capturing purple sunsets in Maryland. All my Washington state sunsets were pastel. It’s interesting how the sky varies - I like to think we all see the same sky, but I feel like it really does have a different personality, so to speak, in different places. Florida sunsets are deep golds and reds. New York is variegated colors. And Maryland blesses me with my favorite color, purple. Also, this moon is just a smidge from being full and she’s gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. : : : : : #myfavoritecolor #purpleismyfavoritecolor #daniellewpress #moon🌙 #moonlight🌙 #themoon #purplesky #purpleskies #almostfullmoon #canon5dmarkiv #canon5d #teamcanon #canonfavpic #canonfanphoto #canonshooter #maryland #marylandphotographer #chesapeakebay #mdphotographer #mdinfocus #serene #peacefully #gorgeousness #natureisbeautiful #beautyinnature #landscapelover #annapolisphotographer

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Our Maryland Oyster Restoration Center received its first batch of oyster larvae last week! We normally start growing baby oysters—also known as spat—in April, but excessive rain lowered the salinity of the Bay, making it difficult for the oysters to grow. Salinity returned enough to receive oyster larvae from higher salinity areas like Oyster Seed Holdings in Virginia, then yesterday we set our other two tanks with larvae from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources hatchery in Piney Point. These baby oysters will seed sanctuary reefs in the Patapsco and Choptank rivers in the next two weeks! Fun fact: Once they reach adult size, they'll be able to filter up to 50 gallons (!!!) of water a day!

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