In the News

April 29, 2019

And then there were none

I spotted this hawk in a tree at Marine Heights, pulled over for a photo. After a shot or two the hawk started to squawk, but not at me. As seen in this sequence of photos, the hawk on the … Continue reading

April 19, 2019

Closing career in style

Island Hospital Surgical Services RN Ronnie Metcalfe closed out a 51-year career in style Friday afternoon, suiting up for a “hot load” helicopter adventure after her last day of work. “Hot load” means rotors spinning. Contributing to Metcalfe’s bucket list … Continue reading

April 13, 2019

Doing the Bloom…

Scenes from 2019 “Do the Bloom Color Run” in Anacortes Saturday, April 12. This event is sponsored by the Anacortes Arts Festival in conjunction with the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Runners encounter “color tossers” who convert them to “living art.”

April 8, 2019

Spring evening Cap Sante

The sunsets are beautiful from Cap Sante, to be sure, be there are many others sources of enjoyment in this Anacortes “neighborhood” surrounded by water.

April 5, 2019

Tulip artists at Scott Milo Gallery

Scott Milo Gallery in downtown Anacortes welcomes many new artists in April, in addition to the 3rd Annual Tulip Festival Artists, Past and Present, featuring bright, whimsical paintings by 2019 Tulip Festival Poster artist, Ben Mann of Bellingham. Also showing … Continue reading

April 4, 2019

Tulip Festival 1987

Scenes from the 1987 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, then in its infancy. Today the Festival lasts the entire month of April, drawing countless thousands to our area.

April 4, 2019

Arts Festival Color Run April 13

“Do the Bloom” Color Run on Saturday, April 13 starting at 10 a.m. at the Depot Art Center. In its 5th year, this 5k run is loads of fun. Runners become living canvases as our volunteers liberally douse them with … Continue reading

April 3, 2019

1st Tulip Festival scenes: 1984

It was 1984, the year the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce decided to build a festival around the already popular tulip industry in the Skagit Valley. I scanned these transparencies from my photo archives. Mount Vernon folks will find at … Continue reading

April 2, 2019

Tulip Festival retro

It was Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 1985, when hot air balloons filled the sky near the Skagit River and downtown Mount Vernon. Meanwhile, Roozengaarde began to attract crowds — crowds that have never stopped growing. Today the Festival is celebrated … Continue reading

March 28, 2019

Midweek sail

Sailors from the Anacortes Yacht Club spent an evening winding around buoys, tankers and tugs in Fidalgo and Padilla bays.

March 27, 2019

‘3 Sails’ greets guests from the west

It was a public art project “years in the making.” But with the flash of gold scissors in the Tuesday afternoon sun, “Three Sails” was officially dedicated. On hand was Sultan sculptor Kevin Pettelle, who said he leaves a bit … Continue reading

March 26, 2019

Friday Art Walk April 5

The First Friday Artwalk in Anacortes is Friday, April 5 from 6-9 p.m., with the Majestic Inn and Spa presenting new paintings by Caroline Garland and Donna Nevitt-Radtke of Anacortes. Among Artwalk participants:  Burton Jewelers is continuing Alfred Currier’s “Sharing … Continue reading