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Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh … Here I am at #CampArtscape. Baltimoreans of all ages braved the July heat for the 36th annual Artscape, the nation’s largest free arts festival. This year’s theme was Camp Artscape: Adventure Awaits. With faux campfires, a NASA tent and other activities, patrons enjoyed all the benefits of summer camp, without the separation anxiety of sleepaway camp. The festival runs through July 23. (📷 by Michael Ares/Baltimore Sun)

Jim and Nadine Jackson of Salisbury are regular attendees of the annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake. Gov. Larry Hogan, along with many other politicians and political hopefuls, ventured to the lower Eastern Shore for the bake, one of the state's premier political events, less than a year before Maryland's next primary election. (📷 by Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun)

Erricka Bridgeford has shown up for weeks to the drug corners of Baltimore, making her pitch for peace.

Forget your grudges for one weekend, she urges the young men she finds. Help bring a 72-hour truce to a city besieged by gun violence.

Organizers aim to stop the shooting from Friday, Aug. 4, through Sunday, Aug. 6, with a unified and blunt message: “Nobody kill anybody.” “I’ve absolutely heard skepticism,” she said. “But even the skeptics are like, ‘Stay out here.’ ” (📷 by Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun)

Matt Burke and Sarafina Harper, volunteers with the Baltimore Free Farm, are among a growing group of activists, government agencies, nonprofits and private companies that have joined the food recovery movement. Their shared mission is to cut down on food waste, and divert what previously was thrown away to feed those who might otherwise eat less nutritiously — or go hungry. (📸 by Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun)

The Jones Falls Trail might not be the most scenic spot to have children. Trains chug by all day long, there’s trash pretty much everywhere. In the afternoon, the smell of raw sewage rises from the water. But none of this seems to matter to the Yellow-crowned night heron. The birds fly to Baltimore each spring – perhaps from as far as Central America – to raise their families. Retired engineer George Williams has been coming to watch them -- and take their pictures -- for six years. Swipe right and see more by clicking the link in bio. (📷 by Christina Tkacik/Baltimore Sun and George Williams)

When photographer Maggie Ybarra (@molotovflicker) goes to a crime scene, she likes to get low. Stomach on the ground, arms stretched on the pavement. She was at a scene on the east side recently -- on the ground, camera in hand. A woman passing by saw her and screamed, thinking her small body was a corpse. That reaction was understandable. Ybarra, 39, isn't someone you'd expect to be on the ground, taking pictures at crime scenes. Originally from Texas, she's not a professional reporter – though she’s worked as one in the past. She’s not a detective. She doesn't consider herself an activist. She just does it. And she’s generated a following among journalists and city workers alike. Read more about Ybarra, the woman behind the twitter handle @MolotovFlicker by clicking the link in bio. (Photos by Christina Tkacik and Maggie Ybarra)

Nearly a year after the historic district was ravaged by a flash flood, this past weekend a record number of professional and amateur artists participated in the annual Paint It! Ellicott City event, the first since the July 30, 2016, disaster. Many of the plein air pieces created are to be displayed at the Howard County Center for the Arts in a monthlong show featuring juried works. Reminders of the flood were visible up and down Main Street but many participants said that overall, Ellicott City felt like the same town they remember painting in before the flood. For more on the event, go to (Amy Davis/ Baltimore Sun) #paintitec #EllicottCity #HowardCounty #HoCoMD #painting #pleinair

John Tyler's family name can be traced through this Chesapeake Bay community back at least 300 years, and as many as a dozen generations. But a few years ago, he feared his generation might be Smith Island's last.

Taking stock after Hurricane Sandy washed over the island, the state proposed using storm relief money to buy out 10 homeowners in 2013 — a step most of the island's 240 residents viewed as a first toward abandonment.

They did more than reject the plan. They organized Smith Island United, a de facto island government to stand up for their interests, and looked toward shoring up their home both economically and physically. "This was our way of life and our heritage," says Tyler, who left school after eighth grade to launch his own crabbing workboat some 45 years ago. "We weren't going to take that sitting down.” (📷 by Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun)

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Ocean City, now and then.
Now: Thousands of beachgoers fill the shoreline in Ocean City the weekend before Independence Day. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun, 2017)
Then: Throngs enjoy the sun and surf in Ocean City on Labor Day weekend in 1974. (Lloyd Pearson/Baltimore Sun, 1974)

T.J. Smith, the Baltimore Police Department's chief spokesman, regularly holds news conferences decrying the violence that destroys lives nearly every day.

He's spoken out against the tragic killings of children, women and the elderly — and so many young men.

On Wednesday, Smith held his latest press conference. He was there to talk about the killing of his own brother. "I last spoke to my brother last week," Smith said, choking back emotion. "He has twins who have the same birthday as my son.” Dionay Smith, 24, was found fatally shot at around 8 p.m. Sunday in his home in the 1400 block of Argyle Ave. in the Upton neighborhood. Known as "Dion," he was the 173rd person to be killed in a year marked by a record pace of homicides. (📷 by Michael Ares/The Baltimore Sun) Link in bio.

Fireworks light up the sky over Oregon Ridge Park on Monday night. Check the link on our profile page for more Fourth of July pics from around the region. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)

A fire engulfing nearly a whole block of row homes occupied firefighters for much of Monday afternoon, sending at least one civilian and at least one firefighter to the hospital. Firefighters were dispatched to the fire in the 1600 block of Hazel Street, in South Baltimore's Curtis Bay neighborhood, around 12:30 p.m. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/Baltimore Sun)

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