Two years ago this week we traveled 70 miles north, leaving a booming Seattle suburb for a quiet, 41-square-mile island of about 20,000 people. We have witnessed all four seasons here twice now. We have zeroed in on an assortment of favorite places – bluffs and beaches for sunset views, shorelines to meander along, coffee shops to linger in, forests to immerse ourselves in. Our lives feel very different than they did before we moved. It’s a good time to celebrate the pleasures of this place.
1. Mt. Erie, the island’s highest point, wrapped in fog. June, 2020.
2. Mt. Erie from the south, with Pass Lake. December, 2019.
3. A trail through old Douglas firs. January, 2019.
4. Bark studies. March 2019, August 2018.
5. Lichen-encrusted branch, Bowman Bay. March 2019.
6. Cap Sante Marina. December 2018.
7. Abandoned building. Anacortes. September, 2018.
8. Around Anacortes: Old wooden ship used as breakwater, Shed in an alley, Flower in the sidewalk, Bookstore shelves and ladders, Coffee and COVID mask, Island Enterprise in for repairs. July, 2018, December, 2018, July 2020. July, 2020, July, 2020, December 2018.
9. Mt. Baker from Cap Sante. October, 2018.
10. Rain over Deception Island; Fidalgo Island is to the right. December, 2019.
11. Hardhack (Spirea douglasii), Nootka rose (Rosa nutkana) and Dark-throat Shooting star (Dodecatheon pulchellum). Little Cranberry Lake, July, 2019, Bowman Bay, May 2019, at home, May 2019.
12. Driftwood, grasses and wild roses; Rosario Beach. February 2020.
13. Floating burr-reed ( Sparganium angustifolium) (?) and reflections, Little Cranberry Lake. September, 2018.
14. Bullwhip kelp (Nereocystis Leutkeana). Bowman Bay and Rosario Beach. September 2018, January 2019, November 2018.
15. Evening reflections, Little Cranberry Lake. October 2019.
16. Rain shower, Little Cranberry Lake. February, 2019.
17. Barred owl (Strix varia) at home, River otter (Lontra canadensis) family at Rosario Beach, Douglas squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii) at Rosario Beach, Columbian black-tailed deer buck (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus) at Bowman Bay. September 2019, September 2019, July 2018, June 2020.
18. The creek at home. February, 2019.
19. Heart Lake trail. August, 2018.
20. Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens) at home, Satyr comma butterfly (Polygonia satyrus) at Sharpe Park, Harlequin ducks (Histrionicus histrionicus) at Washington Park, Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) at Rosario Beach. January 2020, May 2019, December 2018, December 2018.
21. A fishing boat tied up at Trident Seafoods in Anacortes. November, 2018.
22. Fog on Mt. Erie. December, 2019.
23. Western tiger lilies (Lilum columbianum), Washington Park. Clasping twisted stalk, (Streptopus amplexifolius), Sugarloaf. Flat spurred Piperia (Platanthera transversa), Sharpe Park. Western Bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum), Sharpe Park. June 2020, April 2020, July 2020, May 2019.
24. Heart Lake. February, 2020.
25. Looking west from Lighthouse Point. December 2018.
26. Bell, shadows and reflections at home. February, 2019.