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Through Dorothy Camagnas artful photography and Jennifer Cordings essays, Chincoteague Revisited captures the essence of the community, ecology and the natural landscape of this unique place off Virginias coast. Together, they tell ChincoteaguesMoreThrough Dorothy Camagnas artful photography and Jennifer Cordings essays, Chincoteague Revisited captures the essence of the community, ecology and the natural landscape of this unique place off Virginias coast. Together, they tell Chincoteagues storythe life and history of the land, water and its people. The first essay, Community, welcomes readers to island life and to the islanders themselvesan uncommon culture of people who share a common bond. Local watermen, decoy carvers and shop owners ply their trade- visitors from everywhere transform the community in the spring- simple, whitewashed houses line Main Street, and the Channel Bass Inn bed and breakfast invites afternoon callers to tea. Townspeople and visitors enjoy the traditional Christmas parade and the tastes of the annual oyster festival. Chincoteague Island comes to life in poetry and pictures.The next essay, Refuge, centers on the mystery and beauty of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refugeits seashore, marshlands, maritime forests and wildlife. Through Camagnas expert eye and Cordings sensitive language, the sun sets on the loblolly pine, and the great egret takes its majestic flight towards Chincoteague Bay. The most famous inhabitants of Assateague Island, the wild ponies, also call the refuge home. Each July, local cowboys herd the ponies for their swim across the channel to Chincoteagues shore, where the foals are auctioned at the annual Firemens Carnival.And finally, the essay titled Transitions focuses on the ecological and seasonal changes of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. It is a delicate balance, writes Cording of the fragile combination of a beautiful natural landscape and thousands of human visitors who descend on the island each season.Chincoteague Revisited is a rare collection of over one hundred full color photographs with accompanying essaysfrom aerial shots of the coastline and barrier islands, to intimate portraits of the water, land and people that make Chincoteague Island a destination to be visited, revisited and remembered.