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Looking Back

September 22, 2023

Whitney celebrates: June 2007

I don’t recall details. My records simply label this outdoor event at Whitney Elementary School a “celebration.” Lots of music featuring not only students but teachers and administrators. And then there was the unveiling of a mural featuring the Whitney Dragon! Look close for familiar faces. June 15, 2007

September 21, 2023

Oyster Run: 2008

Who among us has not seen (and heard!) the thousands of bikes associated with the annual Oyster Run motorcycle event in Anacortes? These shots are from September 2008. The Oyster Run is scheduled this year on Sunday, September 24. 40th anniversary! Click here for details.

September 20, 2023

Winter sun: January 2013

Historic New Wilson Hotel in downtown Anacortes. “Annie Curtis” art illuminated by the morning sun.

September 19, 2023

‘We otter be moving along!’

River otter family moves upland from shoreline at Bowman Bay. August 2021.

September 18, 2023

Oystercatchers: May 2020

It was a great day. A number of oystercatchers arrived at the beach near the ferry terminal, content to have me photograph them as they moved along the shoreline, drinking occasionally from the fresh water coming from the bluff above. A beautiful bird!

September 14, 2023

Spruce Goose: July 2009

It was July 2009 when I joined a friend on a most memorable road trip to the Evergreen Museum in McMinnville, Oregon. A mutual friend, Jim Ray, gave us a personal tour including a tour of the massive “Spruce Goose,” a one-of-a-kind aircraft designed and built by Howard Hughes. A note on the Evergreen Museum […]

September 12, 2023

Recalling the Navy ‘Intruder’

One of my favorite stops at the NAS Whidbey Open House last weekend was a display featuring the one-time local naval aviation star: Grumman A6 ‘Intruder.” Presiding over the display was U.S. Navy Capt. Paul Bloch (Ret), a former Intruder bombardier navigator whose career dates back to the Vietnam War. Bloch, who is still a […]

September 4, 2023

Anacortes Salmon Derby: 2007

Looking Back to archives and the days of a local salmon derby: “Wow, what a great inaugural year for the Anacortes Scholarship Salmon Derby! More than 750 tickets sold for the two-day derby, March 10-11, in Region 7, with 125 fish caught. Lots of food and thousands of dollars in cash awards and prizes. […]

September 2, 2023

Timber in the water: August 2002

There was a day when it was not uncommon to find longshoremen dancing around on logs tied together in the Guemes Channel. The logs were lifted into cargo ships bound for destinations including Japan. Activity under the umbrella of the Port of Anacortes. This photo was taken near the former Wyman’s Marina near the base […]

September 1, 2023

New Wilson renovation: 2006-07

It was 2006 when crews began work on a major remodel/renovation of the New Wilson Hotel in downtown Anacortes. At one point in the project a big wind took down scaffolding and plastic on the north side of the building. The brick building is now operating under the umbrella of the Anacortes Housing Authority. From […]

August 24, 2023

Downtown Anacortes arch: 2005

A couple of shots of the downtown Anacortes arch in 2005, the first in early June before the “art” was mounted. The second photo was taken in October, art posted, all clean and shiny! (For more photos, type “arch” into search engine on home page)

August 18, 2023

Historic buildings now gone

Photos of a barn and shops that have since given way to the ravages of time. Lake Campbell and downtown Anacortes.

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