In the News

July 3, 2020

Anacortes celebrates the Fourth: 2005

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. […]

June 30, 2020

Reuniting with nature

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 […]

June 27, 2020

Rosario Beach as ‘classroom’

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 […]

June 26, 2020

Otters at the beach

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.

June 25, 2020

Fine feathered friends

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.

June 23, 2020

Lines in the water, Heart Lake

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 […]

June 22, 2020

Black oystercatchers

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 […]

June 20, 2020

Morning on the shoreline

I shared some special early morning time today with resident wildlife at Ship Harbor.

June 19, 2020

Beasley honored with ‘Enduring Spirit Award’

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, […]

June 17, 2020

Chamber publishes online tourism mag

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.

June 15, 2020

Bridge work under wraps

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 […]

June 14, 2020

Scenes from mainland Skagit

My destination was Kukutali Preserve, but it’s still closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. On to LaConner and through Skagit farmlands.

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