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Bishops Head Gut, Maryland

by David Harp

Bishops Head Gut, Dorchester County, Maryland

Located in the salt marshes south of Cambridge in Dorchester County, Maryland, near Hooper Strait, this little gut flows back and forth each day with the ebb and flood tides. It is a place I often return to because it’s so peaceful and beautiful. I’ve photographed it at sunrise and sunset (this version is close to sunset), at the rise of the full moon and in all seasons. A road to an old gunning club crosses the gut, and with a ladder or by standing on the top of my car, I get some altitude to photograph the scene.

David Harp has been photographing the delights and dilemmas of the Chesapeake Bay for nearly four decades, and his images of the bay’s landscapes, people, flora and fauna have been published worldwide. He prefers the marshy edges where land and water meet, and also seeks to work during the day’s edges — dawn and dusk — searching for subjects bathed in warm light and with long, revealing shadows.

He was the chief photographer for the Baltimore Sun Magazine for a decade and has produced four Chesapeake Bay-themed books with writer Tom Horton. He and his wife, Barbara, work from a studio in Cambridge, Maryland, and can be reached at

We sat down with David to learn more about his adventures in environmental photography. Read our interview with him here.


  1. wayne gilchrest January 6, 2014 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    grat photo Dave…Wayne

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