Photo of the Week: The Hopeful and the Doomed

Photo of the Week: The Hopeful and the Doomed

A photo of an oyster clump and a red beard sponge washed ashore by the tide.

This photo was taken April 5, 2018 at Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve.

Photo Credit: Bob Diller.

I wander the Chesapeake Bay beaches more than any other destination lately. My love for it continues to deepen, unabated. This red beard sponge was freshly washed ashore and destined, like all its kin, to decorate the Chesapeake Bay beaches with a memory of a vibrantly colored life. The oysters quietly wait for the tide to return. Oversize tires are a useful structure to attach to and use to form "oyster castles". This one had been secured somewhere, but came ashore at Bethel Beach Nature Preserve in Virginia.

—Bob Diller

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