View off Fidalgo Island

Took a drive today down Chuckanut Ridge and through the lowlands of Skagit County down to the first destination point of Washington Park on the tip of Fidalgo Island. I’ve never seen so many Madrona trees in one place! We took the loop around the park and on one side the water was boiling, a true sea-foam green complete with white foam caught up and blown by the wind. Here, though, on the bluff facing southwest, all was calm.


After leaving the park we wound around the marina until we came to a fork in the road. “Home or pie?” were the choices. Pie, of course! This is Greenbank Farm on Whidbey Island just below Coupeville, with a local artist co-op, antigue store, pie cafe and wine tasting corner. They have some of the most delicious apple pie ever, the perfect blend of cinnamon and sugar, sweet and tart, topped with raw sugar.
Mmmmm….sorry, no picture of the pie. It didn’t last long enough.
(BTW Wednesday Jan. 23 is National Pie Day…as the flyer at the shop read, “share random acts of pieness!”)


The local fowl, however, hung around long enough to have their photo taken.


On the way home, the sun gradually came out and the moon rose in the sky. Having grown up in the smoggy Bay Area of Northern CA I sometimes do a double-take when I see the cerulean blue tones that the skies up here sometimes take on. But Deception Pass was the most stunning view all day.


 I’m always fascinated by the way that the always-present but usually invisible movement of currents and eddies becomes visible here. Watching a vessel attempt to navigate these challenging waters always reminds me of the trip I took with family years ago in which we had to make our way back to the marina in Anacortes in thick fog using the GPS and nautical charts since visibility was null.  I was in charge of honking the fog horn regularly… I may be obtuse, but it was a blast (no pun intended)! Some day I want to sail/motor through Deception Pass.


Probably my favorite photo of the day. I love three day weekends – the bookworm gets to rediscover the world again, if only for a bit. A bit is enough, though, when it’s this beautiful.


3 Responses to “Travelogue”

  1. 1 cathymcdonald
    January 23, 2008 at 3:02 am

    Amanda, where is that last shot? It’s amazing! Who took the actual photographs? If it was you, then you hereby take over as the photographer for the program!

  2. 2 mandamarie
    January 23, 2008 at 3:17 am

    The last shot is facing west off of the bridge at Deception Pass. I braved the 34 degrees to take it…brrr…but I couldn’t pass it up. I think it came out so well thanks to my new digital camera that I’m still experimenting with. I used the dusk/dawn mode and it captured the colors with such vibrancy! As for photographing the program…I do better, I think, with landscapes than with people. They always move around! 😉 But I plan on playing shutterbug in NOLA for sure!

  3. 3 Holly Betzer
    February 1, 2008 at 8:40 am

    Hey there Miss Amanda! Beautiful photos. Is that with your new camera? Very cool! Hope all is well & I sure had fun looking over your page & groovin’ to your lovely jazzy music. Hope you have a great Friday & hopefully I’ll see you this weekend. Love ya loads, Holly

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