Photos by Tag: ship

February 14th, 2020

Watery wonderland

Water levels are very high at the Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve adjacent to the state ferry terminal. Rainfall runoff flows from surrounding highlands to the wetland below, with much of the water ultimately feeding into the saltwater harbor. A beautiful season to enjoy the wooden boardwalk that meanders through wetlands. Already there are signs of […]

February 13th, 2020

At last, the sun!

A rainbow appeared briefly over the horizon Thursday afternoon, as viewed from the cul de sac at Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve (SHIP) on the west side of Anacortes. Note ribbon of fresh water making its way to the sea (lower left hand corner). LOTS of water for the past few weeks.

January 12th, 2020

Northwest textures

Once lush ferns in west Anacortes wetland “lie down” in winter. Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve (SHIP).

December 30th, 2019

New signage at SHIP

Recently added at the beautiful Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve in west Anacortes were a number of interpretive signs including “snapshots” of local flora and fauna. Visitors are greeted by a large sign featuring a hovering osprey and a snapshot history: “Stepping into the Story of Ship Harbor.” Acknowledgments are made to organizations including the Port […]

August 25th, 2009

Ship Harbor

This aerial of the Ship Harbor area on the west side of Anacortes shows shoreline residential developments including Skyline, Portalis and San Juan Passage, among others. Work is underway to create a waterside trail from the state ferry terminal, with a long-term goal of linking to the Tommy Thompson Trail.

January 30th, 2009

Beach bottle

My guess is this bottle was placed inside this rotting piling at Ship Harbor, but it was fun to consider the possibility that it “landed” in this position at the end of a journey via currents sweeping in from the open sea. The ultimate fate of such bottles is usually to become broken pieces of […]

January 22nd, 2009

Old cannery site

Sunshine and blue skies drew me to the beach at Ship Harbor, one time site of a salmon cannery or two. The harbor is now home to the state ferry terminal. I’m reminded of the stalagmites I once saw in Luray Caverns in Virginia, but there’s nothing natural about these formations. The heaping mounds of […]

September 20th, 2007


It’s almost as though they’ve left the vessel open for our viewing pleasure. Work continues in earnest on this ship at Dakota Creek Industries shipyard, just one block off Commercial Avenue. I’m not sure about vessel particulars, but it’s been fascinating to watch the project come together.

January 30th, 2006

Mid-channel turnaround

I hurried to the dock at Randy’s Pier 61 to watch a tanker and tugs motor past, and was surprised to find the Garth Foss and Lindsey Foss conducting a mid-channel turnaround instead. Within minutes, the two tug crews had pushed and pulled what I believe to be a petroleum coke vessel so that the […]

January 12th, 2004

Viking art

On a break between games over the weekend I took this photo of a Viking ship carved by brother Rich a few years back. Like many families in Anacortes, ours is a family line that leads to Norway (and Denmark on mom’s side) by way of Minnesota (North Dakota on mom’s side). We explain to […]

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