They’re all great, when it comes to Anacortes parades, but this 2005 Fourth of July parade was special. It opened with a flyover of two “Prowler” jets from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. Grand Marshal was Wallie Funk, my newspaper mentor and dear friend. The copper columns on the Downtown Arch were shiny and new. […]
Brief jaunts from my Anacortes home in recent days show evidence that Northwesterners are beginning to inch their way back to “normalcy” as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause restrictions on free travel. These scenes range from a young woman fly fishing Pass Lake to kids enjoying a makeshift teeter totter at West Beach, Deception […]
At low tide, Rosario Beach tide pools present a wonderful opportunity to examine sea life in a natural setting. This feature is not open to the public unless signs and a bright yellow rope line are in place. Sometimes Deception Pass Park Interpretive Specialist Joy Kacoroski is on hand to facilitate the experience. Rules of […]
I’m always excited to see a river otter. On this occasion, I came over a rise on a bluff trail to spot this family of otters on the beach below. They didn’t stay long, even though I was above them at a considerable distance. Into the water they went, swimming east toward Deception Pass.
I can’t imagine a better morning. My “breakfast time” adventure featured opportunities to photograph a number of beautiful Fidalgo Island birds, some of which offered songs. Also part of the morning but not photographed were herons and crows. Mostly little birds, the largest being the flicker.
I enjoyed watching a few morning fishing teams Monday at Heart Lake. Lots of trout, I was told, due to pandemic restrictions and cancellations of events like the annual Kids Fishing Day. It brought a smile to my face to see a family in one boat, a father and son loading their rowboat into the […]
I settled in for awhile this morning at Rosario Beach to observe and photograph a handful of Black Oystercatchers. These shorebirds can be difficult to spot against dark rocks and tidal vegetation, but my job was made easier by morning sun illuminating bright orange beaks. I enjoyed a brief period of aerial antics.Click here for […]
Congratulations to Fidalgo Island resident Janie Beasley, one of the Native Action Network’s 2020 Enduring Spirit Award honorees. The Enduring Spirit Award recognizes the lifetime achievements of Native women who through their commitment of time, energy, and volunteerism contribute to healthy communities. The issues they champion are varied and include: environment, education, youth and family, […]
In anticipation of a return to “normalcy” in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce this week published an online tourism magazine featuring articles, photographs, videos and links to online resources. Click here to see the magazine, a project spearheaded by Chamber Marketing & Promotions Director Chrysty Lyman.
Canoe Pass Bridge under wraps. Bridge project work has resumed at Deception Pass following a pause in response to COVID-19 restrictions. This photo taken Monday morning shows new protective “wrap” on Canoe Pass Bridge as crews continue to remove old paint. The state Department of Transportation (WSDOT) warns that the work will generate some traffic […]