Looking Back

November 26, 2011

Del’s Christmas cactus

I rarely associate the word “cactus” with Christmas, but each year I am reminded that the two go together as blossoms burst forth, delivering some of the first gifts of the season. This beautiful image was created by photographer friend Del. To see more of his work, visit www.DelZanePhotography.com.

November 18, 2011

Short-lived TV commercial

Check out this Reebok “Pump” TV commercial, filmed at Deception Pass but doomed to a short life due to the “story’s” ending. This video appears on You Tube.

November 16, 2011

Steve Largent visits refinery

My relationship with the two refineries dates back more than 30 years now. One of my favorite assignments for the Tesoro (then Shell) refinery was taking photos during a visit by NFL great Steve Largent. Largent, at that time a wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks, spoke to employees about personal safety. After all, he […]

November 14, 2011

I Am a Navy Junior

I Am a Navy Junior My hometown is nowhere, my friends are everywhere. I grew up with the knowledge that home is where the heart is and the family… with no dependence on the dwelling. Mobility is my way of life. Some would wonder about roots, yet they are as deep and strong as the […]

November 12, 2011

Full moon draws admirers

The moon, which has drawn man’s attention since the beginning of time, cast its spell this week on countless photographers in the region. Among those who captured images of the full moon in all its glory was my friend Del Zane, who shot this photo. A stunning photo, no telescope involved.

November 11, 2011

A day trip that always delivers

This gorgeous fall shot was taken by Wayne Martin, who routinely shoots beautiful photographs and shares them with friends via email. He took this photograph at a stream near Highway 20. It’s been awhile since I’ve taken the “upriver” drive to view fall colors. One should never be “too busy” for that kind of day […]

November 10, 2011

Senator Henry “Scoop” Jackson

Together, U.S. senators Henry “Scoop” Jackson and Warren “Maggie” Magnuson wielded tremendous clout in the nation’s capital. Scoop, pictured here during an early Eighties visit to Skagit County (the Farmhouse Inn), once ran unsuccessfully for the Democrat Party’s nomination for president. If I recall correctly, the politician’s nickname dated back to his childhood days as […]

November 9, 2011

Brighter times in public service

There were happier times in public service, as evidenced by this photo of Washington State Governor Booth Gardner in August 1986. The governor has obviously delivered a joke or quip that won the appreciation of community newspaper publisher Wallie Funk (seated). I don’t recall the details of the event, but notes on the back of […]

November 8, 2011

Voters Return to Strong Mayor in 1981

It was 30 years ago this week that Anacortes residents abandoned a council-mayor form of municipal government in order to return to a strong mayor (full-time, no manager) system. The election took place November 4, 1981, when I was a reporter at the Skagit Valley Herald. Part of my regular coffee group these days is […]

November 7, 2011

An era of change in the late Fifties

I was five years old when a group of young activists including my father, Buehl, successfully lobbied city residents to change the form of municipal government from strong mayor to council-manager system. Also heavily involved in the campaign was local newspaper co-publisher Wallie V. Funk, who in 1986 would become my employer at the Whidbey […]

November 7, 2011

Small sails, big race

Without the folks in the background, this photo looks like it might be “the real deal” shot through a telephoto lens. In fact, it is a group of remote control sailboat racers gathered in mid-October at Cranberry Lake, Deception Pass State Park. A sweet shot by my talented buddy Wayne Martin.

November 7, 2011

Wayne’s world features wildlife

Another photographer friend of mine is Wayne Martin, who I met a number of years ago at the Anacortes Waterfront Festival. Wayne enjoys a periodic visit to Northwest Trek, among other favorite haunts. I believe that is where he captured this stunning portrait of a bald eagle a few weeks back.

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