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Fly around the Chesapeake Bay and enjoy these unique and thought provoking images of the natural shapes that Mother Nature has created.
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PacMan yelling at conehead woman, ice flavored peanutbrittle, fire-breathing dragon, Indian Chief in Indian Creek
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A few years ago I gathered some of my favorite aerial images of the Chesapeake Bay together into a small book. I then had a few printed to use as gifts for friends and family creating a response that was truly inspiring and which ultimately led to this project. I would now like to publish this larger book with 40 images of many beautiful shorelines, and I need your support. When asked to describe this project, a friend's response was:   

"Shoreline Shapes of the Chesapeake" is a book of unique images from around the Bay that will inspire the imagination and provoke friendly challenges. Everyone will enjoy these natural shapes and probably see something different than what someone else saw. These images of what Mother Nature has created and Pilot/Photographer Hunter has captured are truly an unusual form of unintentional art." 

Maramaduke
Maramaduke

Have you ever stared into the sky and envisioned the ever changing shapes of the clouds to be faces and recognizable shapes?  Here is a chance to look down on our shorelines and do the same...you might see animals, Indians or even a sneezing Chessie in this collection of amazing images. This book will be enjoyed by people of all ages as long as they will allow their imaginations to fly. Whether you are alone or you are in a group, this book is sure to exercise those little gray cells between the ears and provoke spirited challenges of what you see.

Lindy entranced with these images....looks like it works!
Lindy entranced with these images....looks like it works!

 I now need your support by means of a pledge that will allow me to print at least 100 of these books and to pay for the shipping, packing and other expenses. 

Part of our funding goal includes donating 20 of these wonderful books to a local public school environmental class to spark the interest and imagination of young minds. Everyone will be able to reference our website for periodic updates from the students of this class, describing how this book has inspired them.  

http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/programs/environment/  

News Flash! We have reached our initial goal of $ 6000!!! Thank you! Now we are creating two new "Stretch Goals' so that we can print more books. The next goal of $7500 will allow us to provide 40 books to students, a free 6x9 Giclée print to everyone who pledged $25 or more and your name (if you choose) printed in the book on the 'Acknowledge / Thank You' page. If we can make it to $9000 we will donate 20 additional books to local public libraries. Hurry! 10 days left! Please tell your friends! Start your Holiday shopping TODAY! Now, back to our story....

Chessie smiling after just devouring two innocent people
Chessie smiling after just devouring two innocent people

This is an ideal book for the coffee table, the office, or the Doctor's waiting room and is sure to be a great gift for the minds of any age. Please notice that in the higher levels, we offer this book with your own custom designed introduction page...perfect for that personalized gift for several different people. Example: "Acme Dynamite Company thanks Joe Blow for his dedication as chief inspector and congratulates Joe on reaching retirement age". We can add one small image or company logo and a short paragraph of text that you provide, or we can make something up for you.  

Famous animals, Chessie, Indians, strange faces, monsters and more!
Famous animals, Chessie, Indians, strange faces, monsters and more!

This 8.5" x 11" hardbound book has a heavy, high-gloss dust cover and about 50 pages within. The 40 images are almost full page in size and include captions; plus there is a full page map showing the many sites along the Bay. There are 5 "interactive cheat sheets" in the back of the book where I have included the GPS coordinates for each image so that you can easily find the locations on Goggle Earth. There is also room on these pages for you to jot down your ideas of what you and your friends see in the images next to my suggestions. To see a preview of these images please go to my website: http://aloft.zenfolio.com/chesapeakeshorelines

Risks and challenges

This is our very first KickStarter campaign and we certainly have had our share of challenges! When sharing these images with friends, I noticed that many people wanted to know the exact location of each 'shape'. Some of these images were taken years ago and I had simply lost track of where they were. So, I needed to go back to the original files from each flight and try to recognize images of landmarks and commercial projects before and after the one in question, mark these locations on a map, then calculate based on an average speed of 130 mph where it might be. A couple of these drove me nuts with this formula until I was reminded (by the shadow in other images from the same file) that I was flying an Airship (blimp) that day and only traveling 30 MPH at best! The book is now completed and we are confident that all of our backers and customers will be very pleased with our creation. Thank you for your interest and support!

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    Level #5~~One First Edition copy of the book 'Shoreline Shapes of the Chesapeake' autographed by the author Hunter H. Harris and rewards #1 and #3! If you are interested in more then just one book, then level # 8 is for you!

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    Level #7~~One autographed 12" x 18" Fine Art Giclée print of an image from the book, of your choice and One First Edition copy of the book 'Shoreline Shapes of the Chesapeake' autographed by the author Hunter H. Harris and rewards #1 and #3!
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    Level #10~~A custom flown aerial image of your home or favorite shoreline anywhere within 35 miles of Easton, MD as the second of two custom designed intro pages in First Edition copy of the book 'Shoreline Shapes of the Chesapeake' autographed by Hunter H. Harris and rewards #1 and #3!

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