Betterton Beach, January 2015. Photos by author.

Two views, looking south and north from Betterton Beach, over a frozen Chesapeake Bay. Several weeks of freezing temperatures have created significant ice coverage along many of the Bay’s tributaries. A warm weekend dislodged large sheets of several-inches-thick floes, which slowly made their way out with the tide. In motion, the ice makes a constant roaring noise, as shattered pieces grind and scrape inexorably towards the ocean. Stacks of the broken ice sheet over local beaches, creating an alien landscape and for some younger folks, a temporary playground fit for a penguin.