Looking Back

July 28, 2020

Class officers: AHS Class of 1935

I was excited the other day to receive old issues of the Anacortes High School “Rhododendron” yearbook from my brother. Among them was the 1935 issue, where I discovered this photo of senior class officers superimposed over a photo of Rosario Beach. Pictured left to right are Frank Barcott, Charles Weaverling, Bernice Affleck and Kenneth […]

July 24, 2020

The late great Lake Campbell barn

I passed this “Centennial’s Flour” barn at Lake Campbell often on the way to and from my workplace in the early Eighties. Like so many other barns, it ultimately succumbed to the elements. I applied an oil effect to this image, scanned from a transparency.

July 23, 2020

School portrait, days gone by

I don’t have details, but I found this image with a note that I had scanned it for the late Irene Cameron, a dear family friend. I’m thinking Lake Campbell school, Thirties. It’s a classic.

July 22, 2020

High altitude artists

I guess this is classified as “performance art.” High altitude participants in the 2005 Anacortes Arts Festival.

July 21, 2020

‘Focus Fidalgo’ Pier One upgrade: 2008

This group photo was taken in July 2008 at the “Focus Fidalgo” Pier One project groundbreaking hosted by the Port of Anacortes. This project, which also involved the state Department of Ecology, was vital to a series of major upgrades at the Dakota Creek Industries ship yard on the Guemes Channel.

July 19, 2020

An-O-Chords at the beach: 2002

It was August 2002 when the An-O-Chords hosted a salmon barbecue at Washington Park that also featured competition among regional barbershop quartets. A win-win, with great music and delicious food!

July 18, 2020

The street as canvas: 2013

A chalk artist creates a “painting” on a downtown Anacortes street, Anacortes Arts Festival 2013.

July 17, 2020

Lady Washington in Anacortes: 2004

This lady has been one of my favorite photo subjects for MANY years now. She’s a regular in Anacortes, docking at Cap Sante Marina for tours and jaunts in local waters. Not sure we’ll see her this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 16, 2020

Recalling Skagit River Salmon Festival 2015

Owls in the wild have managed to elude me over the years, with the exception of a North Whidbey sighting and one at Mt. Erie. That doesn’t mean I haven’t had some great photo ops, however. I photographed this beauty a few years ago at the Skagit River Salmon Festival. Numerous birds were on display […]

July 14, 2020

Memorable day for Jay

“Viking boat” builder Jay Smith presided in November 2017 over the launch of yet another amazing vessel built in his Fidalgo Island shop. Master boatbuilder Smith apprenticed in Norway, worked in the Faroe Islands and Denmark, and studied under master boatbuilder Nils O. Ulset. The well-attended launch took place at Bowman Bay.

July 11, 2020

Wharf house on channel

I took this photo in 2004. A small wharf house on the Guemes Channel, next door to Anchor Cove Marina.

July 10, 2020

Then & now, Ship Harbor

An archive photo from 2005 demonstrates how far we’ve come in terms of walkable pathways at the Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve adjacent to the state ferry terminal. The path from the parking area is natural but soon gives way to a wide gravel walkway, which then becomes a boardwalk. Just a few yards away is […]

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