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March 18, 2010

One year since P-I stopped printing

>Today (March 18) marks the one-year anniversary of the “online only” edition of the Seattle P-I. I read a blurb in the Seattle Times this morning, then discovered this commemorative issue of the last printed P-I on my desk beneath some other incredibly valuable stuff (Yes, I am something of a packrat). I read that […]

March 15, 2010

Reflections from an SR-71 Blackbird pilot

>Last July I had the opportunity to tour the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon. My friend and “tour guide” Jim rolled us through at a pretty good clip, but I did get this shot of the “Blackbird.” Today I received an email about the amazing aircraft, featuring excerpts from a book by Major Brian […]

March 10, 2010

Investigation leads to Anacortes Museum

This photograph of the Anacortes Lumber and Box Company on the Guemes Channel came to the Port recently through someone visiting the Seattle Boat Show. After an brief, email-based “investigation” as to the origins of the photo, it was finally determined it came from the Wallie V. Funk Collection at the Anacortes Museum. Go figger! […]

February 27, 2010

Aerial view from ’72

> I’ve said before, it’s difficult to fully appreciate the beauty of this area without seeing it by sea and air. This photograph is just a small section of an aerial photograph taken in 1972. Visible are most of Fidalgo, Guemes and the San Juan islands. This photograph is on display at the Commercial Avenue […]

February 24, 2010

From family archives

> I could have titled this entry “From family album,” but hey, let’s be honest: April 1958 was a long time ago! This photograph, taken on North Beach at Deception Pass State Park, features me (left, age 6) and an unknown friend/relative striking a pose in the midst of our beach adventure. I’m not sure […]

February 18, 2010

Candidates ‘start their engines’

>Anacortes School Board member Kris Lytton, pictured here at summertime all-class reunion at Anacortes High School, has announced she will run for the state House of Representatives position being vacated by Democrat Dave Quall of Mount Vernon. Lytton joins former county party leader Tom Pasma of Bow on the list of Democrats pondering a 2010 […]

February 17, 2010

5th Avenue view

This stretch of shoreline at the end of 5th Street overlooking Fidalgo Bay is one of my favorite spots … and now the cul de sac features a pair of benches placed in memory of the late Dean Allen. In addition to a great view of Mt. Baker, this location offers opportunity to watch boat […]

February 10, 2010

Trestle repair fundraising continues

> Shell Puget Sound Refinery gave the Tommy Thompson Trail trestle repair fund a boost recently with a $10,000 donation. Pictured here are Anacortes School Board President Kris Lytton, Shell PSR Manager Sue Krienen, campaign leader Michelle Pope, City Council member Brad Adams and Parks Foundation member David Hall. Photo by Jody Barnett. About $180,000 […]

February 5, 2010

New state tourism logo

Distributed at a February 4 tourism marketing event in Anacortes was this small lapel pin (still posted on delivery card) featuring the state’s new tourism logo: “Washington The State.” A couple of years back the tagline “Say WA” survived only a few months. What do you think of this idea? I’m thinking maybe a series […]

January 28, 2010

Eagle on rock

> I’m not sure why, but this photo of an eagle on a large rock in Fidalgo Bay is one of my favorites. This shot dates back to the golden days of film, and I think I used a 135 mm fixed lens. This rock, located near the Tesoro refinery wharf, “comes and goes” with […]

January 26, 2010

The Old Man

> It has been several years since I shot many photos of this heron over the course of a two-day stay at Chatterbox Falls in British Columbia. Fellow adventurer James Stover, captain of Autumn Light, one of two sailboats in our little “fleet,” nicknamed him “The Old Man.” Chatterbox is located just a few miles […]

January 25, 2010

Greg Laurie visits Northwest

> I spent a wonderful Saturday in Mountlake Terrace with about 1,500 other men at a Christian men’s conference featuring a number of inspiring speakers including Greg Laurie. Laurie, who hails from southern California, has been compared to evangelist Billy Graham. He is a full-time preacher, too, but his outreach ministry now dates back 20 […]

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