February 27th, 2010

Aerial view from ’72

> I’ve said before, it’s difficult to fully appreciate the beauty of this area without seeing it by sea and air. This photograph is just a small section of an aerial photograph taken in 1972. Visible are most of Fidalgo, Guemes and the San Juan islands. This photograph is on display at the Commercial Avenue office of the Port of Anacortes. I’ve see a similar beauty in the foyer of the administration building at Tesoro refinery (the refinery on the tip of March’s Point in the center of this photo).

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About Photographer Steve Berentson

A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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