Windows and walls

Published July 17, 2003 / by Steve Berentson

An early morning visit to downtown Anacortes yielded photographic opportunities as the rising sun illuminated the windows and walls of businesses on the west side of Commercial Avenue: a bright orange crab “captured” in the glass of a plate at Donatello Flowers and Gifts; another Donatello display with a rust-colored heron and a small lighthouse; a collection of flyers and a reflection of the Majestic Hotel in the window of the Brown Lantern tavern; a salmon and other sealife on the brick wall outside of The Red Snapper. I encourage a stroll through the downtown at any hour on these beautiful summer days, but the light between 6 and 7 a.m. can be especially rewarding.

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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