Life On Chesapeake Bay – Gardens, Osprey, And Soft-shelled Crabs

My wife and I like to walk.  When we walk we love to look at other people’s gardens and the curious things in the neighborhood.  We admire their annuals and perennials, their vegetables and herbs, and fruit trees – and their crab tanks.  This is blue crab country, and some significant fraction of the economy revolves around the blue crab.  Then we come home from our walk and conclude just as we began, by walking through our own garden.  So here are a few photos of gardens from our walks, ending with our not-so-visually-spectacular-but-tasty garden.  I’ve added a few shots from this morning’s day sail because, you know, the blog is about sailing…

A traditional garden with flowers and fruit trees. This particular garden has a tree full of delicious-looking peaches.

A different sort of fruit grows in this garden. Only sea turtles eat it, to my knowledge.

Our walk takes us by the water on the bay-side of the peninsula we live on.  This sea nettle, photographed above, represents the millions that fill the bay this time of year, and spoil swimming that would be so refreshing in the oppressive heat.  Their sting is uncomfortable, but not dangerous. Benadryl Cream helps a lot, as does baking soda or even tobacco applied to the affected area.

Crab Garden

Pictured above is a holding tank where the fishermen hold crabs that are about to molt.  As soon as they do, they are separated from the rest of the crabs.  Then a half hour later, they are placed in a refrigerator to be kept alive until delivered to the market or restaurant and sold.

Our own modest garden

We grow more herbs than flowers – thyme, basil, sage, mint, parsley, chives – and a few vegetables: tomatoes, lettuces, arugula.  This spring we had a fantastic crop of strawberries.  Those tall stalks in back are hollyhocks, and are about through blooming.  The flowers you can see are zinnias.

Lavender, petunias, and zinnias

We sailed today too.  We got under weigh about 0845 and were back at our dock by 1000 – it was getting pretty hot by the time we got back.  Here are a few shots of homes with a view that we can see on Herring Bay.

Not bad

A couple more scenic homes with scenic views of the water

There are sharks teeth to found at the base of this cliff when the tide is out

Here’s an avian sentry. He’s giving us the eye as we go past his perch.

He presented his “best” side for a profile shot

A couple of juvenile osprey feeling anxious about our approach

Included this to verify that we really were on the boat!

In spite of the heat, the sailing was good.  We sailed between 4 and 5.5 knots with a wonderful breeze that was fresh and kept us relatively comfortable.



  1. Jan Sopoci said:

    Boy, am I GLAD that you included some sailing shots!!!! (My folks were HUGE gardeners, and as a kid, one of my chores was helping with weeding…..YUCK!!!!)

    • Thanks for the visit, Jan. I wasn’t a huge fan of weeding as a young person either. We lived on lake-front property, and the beach on our lot constantly needed weeding. Not fun at all, especially when you’d rather be in the water – and in Florida, it was so hot all the time.

      Our garden is of modest proportions here in Maryland, and I weed a bit everyday, so it really never gets out of hand. But, sailing is more fun than weeding, by far!

  2. Glad you’re finding some breezes out there to sail, we haven’t powerboated for weeks, been just too hot. Wanted to get out this weekend for sure, but work OT was necessary. :-( Going to try this midweek if weather’s still decent, play some hooky! :-)

    • It has been very hot. This week was better, but I couldn’t arrange my time to take advantage of it very well. When it’s very hot, like on Saturday, I don’t even want to leave the house.

      Thanks for the visit!

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