On the hottest summer days, Chesapeake marshes come alive with the sound of a million droning insects and the chittering of small birds foraging on the wild rice. For all the commotion, it is remarkably serene. Fish jump, startled frogs chirp and splash, and if you’re really lucky, a river otter curiously harumphs at you before it glides away.

There are many beautiful places in the world, but none are beautiful in this same way— a symphony of water and wind, fiercely alive.