KEEPING THE TIDES AWAY
by Tom Horton
Danny Dawson and Kathy Harvey love low-lying Dorchester county—he for his whole life, much of it as a waterman; she since she first came from the hills of Garrett county and crossed the Choptank River in 1980.
And they have built themselves an eye-catching retirement home here on the long Bishops Head peninsula that dangles marshily between the broad tidal waters of Honga River to the west and Fishing Bay to the east.
But what first catches your eye is not the charming bungalow; rather it is the bathtub appearance of their acre or so of land. Everything is diked in—“bermed” is the term used down here. A three-foot high wall of packed earth encircles everything, extending about a thousand feet.
Dave Harp, photographer extraordinaire, added cinematography to his repertoire of skills before embarking on Beautiful Swimmers Revisited in 2015. For the new film, High Tide in Dorchester, he’s taking his talents to new heights, literally, as a drone operator.
Dave was certified by the FAA as a remote pilot for small, unmanned aircraft after passing the exam in March. To qualify, Dave survived a nine hour course over three Saturdays taught by Dave Manion of Chesapeake Sport Pilot at the Bay Bridge airport.
With the drone, the team can show the beauty, fragility and devastation of Dorchester County with a bird’s eye view.
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