In the News

May 24, 2020

Causland Memorial Park, downtown Anacortes

Causland Memorial Park in downtown Anacortes was dedicated to local men killed in World War I, including Harry Causland. Unique stone walls and gazebo have distinguished the city block as a community gem since its construction 100 years ago. For acts of bravery that led to his death during a battle in France, Causland was […]

May 23, 2020

County leaders appeal to governor

On Friday, May 23 the Skagit County Board of Health sent a letter to Governor Inslee asking that he consider a Phase 2 variance for Skagit County. Skagit County Unified Command, mayors of all eight Skagit County cities and towns, and First Responders sent letters in support of the Board of Health’s request. Text of […]

May 22, 2020

Memorial Days Past: 2009-2019

Given that Memorial Day gatherings have been cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I put together this collection of photographs I have taken at local gatherings held in Anacortes from 2009-2019. To see more images, go to and type “Memorial Day” in the search engine. My hope is that on Monday, each […]

May 21, 2020

Diving Deception Pass

I was pleasantly surprised on a recent visit to Deception Pass State Park to discover a group of scuba divers heading for adventure at North Beach. The divers moved in pairs to the beach, then into the water for a dive under the bridge. I was told tidal conditions were perfect: a rare opportunity including […]

May 20, 2020

Hobie bound for Cypress

On Monday morning I encountered Nigel Davies of Anacortes assembling his Hobie trimaran for a trip to Cypress Island. The beautiful kyak features both sail and pedal system.

May 19, 2020

Birds love Weaverling

I took a walk on Tommy Thompson Trail Tuesday. The trip included encounters with a variety of Northwest birds including a killdeer. Near the Samish Indian Nation recreational vehicle park at Weaverling Spit in Anacortes.

May 18, 2020

Roadside flower show

My path from home to forest trails is a city street that becomes more like a country lane. All along, I am treated to a colorful combination of wild plants as well as a variety of flowers, bushes and trees planted by neighbors.

May 16, 2020

Bluff trail wonders

An early morning visit to North Beach at Deception Pass Park put me in a mood for adventure, so I took a trail I’ve never walked before. I was alone from beginning to end — a wonderful hour of discovery. The trail, which leads from the North Beach parking lot toward West Beach and the […]

May 15, 2020

Beach, boat & bluff fishing

Fishermen are out. On a visit to Deception Pass Park I viewed folks fishing from North Beach, boat just offshore, and bluff from the base of Pass Island. Traveling in and out of the park I saw many folks fishing lakes including Cranberry, Heart, Campbell and Pass.

May 13, 2020

Vibrant greens of Spring 2020

What a delight during these Spring days to see all of the new growth, from flowers to trees … and to enjoy the sweet aromas that come with that new growth. Collected here are some images from a recent visit to the Ship Harbor Intepretive Preserve adjacent to the state ferry terminal on the west […]

May 13, 2020

Summertime blues

COVID-19 pandemic restrictions continue to take a toll on popular seasonal activities, now including the Anacortes Fourth of July parade and related events. A cancellation notice regarding city-hosted summer events was issued Tuesday, stating in part: “The City has determined that the threat that large-scale events pose to the health of the community is too […]

May 12, 2020

SHIP roundabout almost a wrap

This Tuesday morning photo from Clearidge demonstrates just how close crews are to completing the SHIP roundabout project started in mid-March. Landscaping crews were still at work, light traffic was flowing smoothly.

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