Looking Back

August 1, 2009

Temporary evidence

> I decided to break in my new running shoes Saturday morning with a walk on the beach along the Guemes Channel. No use taking the risk of blowing them out before I can break them in. P.S. Summer mornings have been sweet in this corner God’s great universe.

July 29, 2009

I’ve got my eye on you

> During a recent visit with my former boss, newspaper editor/publisher Wallie Funk, he recalled this shot as one of his favorites from my tenure with him as a photojournalist. Don’t recall how I happened to be there, but I remember the shot was taken through the glass of a tank at an Oak Harbor […]

July 28, 2009

Freedom on the water

> I’ve never owned a boat, but I’ve enjoyed many owned by others … both as a guest on board, and as a “vicarious” adventurer watching from the shore. I escaped the heat of the house Monday evening on a drive that took me to the crest of Cap Sante. I could hear light conversation […]

July 22, 2009

Shipwreck Day treasures

> It’s a giant garage sale, with a vendor or two thrown in. Anacortes residents know this annual event as Shipwreck Day, an opportunity not only to score on some great deals, but to experience some great people-watching. This boxload of wooden pulleys caught my eye. I took the shot, then converted it to “art” […]

June 2, 2009

Window shopping coastal style

Sunday morning sun drew me to downtown Anacortes, where I often enjoy taking photographs of sun-splashed buildings and shop windows. This shot was taken outside of historic Marine Supply & Hardware, just a block or two from the Guemes Channel and busy Port of Anacortes docks.

June 1, 2009

Victimized by Liberace

This is Liberace, the little guy who rules the roost at my brother’s house. There are a dozen or so beautiful hens to photograph, but for some reason I opted to single out Liberace on a brief Saturday afternoon visit. I was rewarded with a peck on the ankle the moment I turned my back. […]

May 28, 2009

Community Journalism “Characters”

It was a sentimental journey this week when I joined this group of community journalism “characters” in beautiful downtown Coupeville. Instigator of the gathering was Wallie Funk, ex-newspaper publisher and one-time employer of several in attendance. Later, while our friends waited for a temporarily disabled ferry at Keystone, Wallie and I connected with Mary Obee […]

May 26, 2009

Memorial Day 2009

> As I often do, I attended the annual Memorial Day service conducted at Grand View Cemetery by members of VFW and American Legion organizations. This year, however, I also visited the gravesite of my father, Buehl Berentson (pictured above at age 18 or 19). Dad, who died in November 2007, served in the U.S. […]

May 14, 2009

Skyline, Anacortes "postcard"

>I’m toying with the idea of creating low resolution “postcards” of the area so blog visitors can send images to their friends and family. Another option for my guests would be to order a beautiful enlargement from the photographer. Yeah, that’s me. See AnacortesToday.com for hundreds of examples of my work; click on “Contact” button […]

May 7, 2009

Waterfront Festival boasts impressive roots

> (Note: The Anacortes Waterfront Festival, an event with a dramatic history, is scheduled May 16 & 17 at Cap Sante Boat Haven in downtown Anacortes)By Steve BerentsonSmall town histories suffer from a tendency toward exaggeration – but when it comes to the Anacortes Marineers’ Pageant there is abundant documentation for its billing as one […]

May 4, 2009

Deception Pass morning

>There is a reason millions of people find their way to Deception Pass each year. This is a flat-out stunning place to visit, any time of year. I shot this photo Sunday morning looking west from the Whidbey Island side of the bridge. I must say I enjoyed a brief fantasy: sharing some deck space […]

April 24, 2009

Recollections of Electrical Shop

>(Note: Yet another story from my youth, recalled during my days as a columnist for Fidalgo Magazine.)I picked up a magazine the other day and saw an advertisement for a DVD program … touted as an educational program “where virtual reality and hands-on reality come together.”When it comes to “hands-on” projects, there’s been nothing “virtual” […]

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