Winter's Heart: Frozen Chester River

As a polar vortex grips much of East Coast in a deep winter, the surrounding scenery has transformed into a frozen landscape. Despite frigid temperatures, there is still beauty to be found in Chestertown and the surrounding area. Braving temperatures in the teens and a wind chill, we were out capturing aerial photography of the Chester River with our drone in a state we seldom see these days--almost completely frozen over. 

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Taking off from Wilmer Park, it took a few moments to get our bearing, so used to knowing precisely where the water started and the land stopped. With the river frozen and covered in light snow that had recently drifted, the shoreline, in some places, was almost indistinguishable from the land.

We had every intention to spend an hour or so flying along the river bank and down a couple of creeks to capture more of the surrounding landscape. Alas, with inappropriate attire--worn gloves with small holes, thin socks, and boots that did nothing to keep the cold out--our aerial photography adventure was cut short. With fingers getting numb fast, we had to settle for a few point-and-shoot photos with little time to scout locations to get the best photo with the drone. 

Needless to say, when the weather reports that it is 10 degrees Fahrenheit outside, we will be more prepared with cold weather gear. 

Aerial Photo of Chestertown and the Chester River

Aerial Photo of Chestertown and the Chester River

Abstract Aerial of Frozen Chester River from Above

Abstract Aerial of Frozen Chester River from Above

Aerial Photo of Chester River Bridge

Aerial Photo of Chester River Bridge

Abstract Aerial of Frozen Chester River from Above

Abstract Aerial of Frozen Chester River from Above

Aerial Photo of Washington College Dock

Aerial Photo of Washington College Dock

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by Sam Shoge

Sam Shoge founded Shore Studios in the spring of 2017 to capture photography and videography of the Eastern Shore and Chesapeake lifestyle from new, aerial perspectives. Using sophisticated drone technology, Shoge is passionate about bringing a new dimension to storytelling regarding what makes the Eastern Shore and Chesapeake Bay so special.