Looking Back

February 21, 2020

Wyman’s Marina 2009

It was already closed and literally on the way out, but this 2009 photo shows tiny Wyman’s Marina (previously Robinson’s) on the Guemes Channel in Anacortes (white buildings). Part of the privately owned marina was disassembled by this time, and ultimately demolished as part of a mitigation project by the Port of Anacortes. The blue […]

February 20, 2020

Anacortes brewmaster

Allen Rhoades of Anacortes Brewery mixes a batch in this February 2009 photo at the Commercial Avenue business. Rhoades is co-owner of Rockfish Restaurant as well, as serves as Chairman of the Washington Brewers Commission (WBC). He also is an instructor at the Mount Vernon campus of Skagit Valley College.

February 19, 2020

Boat launch upgrade: March 2007

Ribbon cutting ceremony at new trailer boat launch, Cap Sante Marina, March 2007. Port project manager Jenkins Dossen (center) wields the ceremonial scissors. A big day for Anacortes boating!

February 18, 2020

Anacortes Fire foursome: 2000

Pictured here in a January 2000 photo opp are Anacortes Fire Department’s Dan Harju, Betty Burgess, Rick Austin and Richard Curtis. (Thanks for ID assist from former Mayor Dean Maxwell.)

February 17, 2020

Anacortes law enforcement 2008

I had the privilege in March 2008 to photograph members of the Anacortes Police Department, pictured here with then Mayor Dean Maxwell (seated, center). Many officers in this group are still “working the streets,” contributing to making our community safe.

February 14, 2020

Model before actual sculpture: 2006

This is a scale model of the bronze sculpture that ultimately made its home at the main dock entrance to Cap Sante Boat Haven. Sculptor Gerard K. Tsutakawa titled his piece “Annie Curtis,” after the city’s namesake. The model was displayed in 2006, and the actual sculpture was put in place in 2008. It includes […]

February 11, 2020

Lady Washington, early Nineties

This image of the Lady Washington entering Anacortes was taken in April 1991, a transparency later digitized. I applied oil painting effect in Photoshop. The Lady still draws me out for photos any time I spot her in local waters.

February 10, 2020

A decade since NW Career & Tech Academy built

Photo of late January 2010 construction scene, Northwest Career & Technical Academy Marine Technology Center in Anacortes. The center opened in October of that year.

February 6, 2020

Shoreline before cleanup 2004

A 2004 scene from the shoreline of Fidalgo Bay in downtown Anacortes. This shoreline, including beach and uplands, was restored in a public/private cleanup partnership led by the Port of Anacortes.

February 5, 2020

Re-opening of Seafarers’ Park 2011

It was May 2011 when the Port of Anacortes celebrated completion of an environmental cleanup and re-opening of Seafarers’ Memorial Park on the shoreline of Fidalgo Bay. A picture perfect afternoon. This park remains one of this seaside community’s prized public assets.

January 28, 2020

Rare sighting

On my many trips to and from Whidbey Island over the years, I have only seen an eagle on this Fidalgo Island snag on two or three occasions. On this day in 2013 I was fortunate to find a parking spot and get to Canoe Pass Bridge in time to take a few shots.

January 22, 2020

‘The Old Man’

When I typed “heron” into my website search engine I was reminded just how much I love photographing blue herons. They abound in this area, from marinas to bays, but one of my favorite heron photographs is from a sailboat trip to Chatterbox Falls, British Columbia in October 2005. Friend James Stover nicknamed this heron […]

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