Photo Friday: Tangier Crab Pots

This week’s featured photo is one I took last month on tiny Tangier Island, Virginia, in the Chesapeake Bay. Tangier Island, currently about three miles long and a mile and a half wide, is sinking while the waters of the Bay rise around it. The island has lost two-thirds of its land since 1850, and the pace of erosion is increasing dramatically. Without intervention, Tangier will be uninhabitable in a few decades. In the meantime, its 400 or so residents make a living from the sea and the tourist trade, and try to convince legislators that the island is worth the cost of the seawalls and other infrastructure necessary to save it.

In this shot taken on the western edge of the island, the citrus-colored cages are crab pots, testament to Tangier’s key role in commercial crabbing in the Bay. In the background is the Tangier airstrip. I like the combinations of colors and textures here, and the memories of a remarkable island and culture that will vanish before long beneath the rising Chesapeake waters.

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