One Annapolis native decided to venture to Tangier Island to take a few photos. What he didn’t anticipate was getting stuck on the island — just 1.2-square miles in size — due to icy weather, finding himself in the middle of a National Guard supply drop.
Photographer Jay Fleming traveled by charter plane on 3rd January, with an aim to check out the Chesapeake Bay surrounding the island. Except, upon landing, he later found out the icy weather was so severe that boats could no longer travel to the island, and the next charter plane wasn’t until a week later.
Naturally, Fleming decided to make the most of being on the island, taking pictures to document his time there. He captured the National Guard delivering food, mail, and medicine via helicopter. Conditions haven’t been so bad since Storm Octavia hit, back in February 2015.
He was also lucky enough to witness a tradition of the island that residents haven't been able to indulge in for over 40 years: locals began ice-skating whilst burning old boat parts on a bonfire atop the ice.
Fleming said that while he was initially stuck, his experience on the island was so enjoyable that he decided to stay longer, spending a couple more days on the island. He returned home on the 9th January, a week after arriving.
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