In the News

June 1, 2020

Morning scenes at Ship Harbor

Always a great idea to start the day in one of this community’s natural areas. Today, Ship Harbor, beach and wetlands. I was pleased to encounter a couple of new feathered friends.

May 29, 2020

Beautiful morning at Bay View’s Breazeale Center

I visited “sister city” Bay View today, across Padilla Bay from Fidalgo Island. Although the Breazeale Interpretive Center is closed right now due to the pandemic, its three trails are open. This facility, popular among students of all ages, is managed by the state Department of Ecology. It is located about one-quarter mile from the […]

May 29, 2020

Flower baskets beautify city

By this weekend the community of Anacortes will be even more beautiful than it already is, thanks to the effort of the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, the City of Anacortes and a team of volunteers. On Friday this crew installed beautiful hanging baskets on Commercial Avenue. With the trees and floral contributions of store owners […]

May 27, 2020

Class of 2020 faces on the street

Up and down this community’s main drag, banners such as these have been posted in honor of the Anacortes High School Class of 2020. Pictured here on a pole near the Commercial Avenue roundabout are Trevor Beaner, Lorenzo Adams, Cameron Berg and Anderson. Another down the street includes Drew Monson, Kaitlin McLaughlin, Jack Murphy, Quinn […]

May 26, 2020

Walk in the rain

It was light rain, so I ventured out with camera on Memorial Day morning. A wonderful, if short, walk in the rain. Sweet aroma of wildroses, beautiful music of songbirds.

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.

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