Postcards from the kayak

A couple of days ago I went out on the kayak around sunset. I paddled around the north end of Herron Island, then crossed the Case Inlet and headed southwest to McMicken Island (map). Kind of choppy water: winds around 7mph from the southwest – oops!, but tide was going out in my direction, so that helped.

On the way back the tide had started coming in (yes, the timing was planned!), and by this time the wind was on my back. Sweet.

Total distance: a little over 4 nautical miles. And I lingered a bit to watch the sun come down.

Here are a couple of photos.

Land! McMicken Island is the small lump with the beach a little to the left of center; Harstine Island is in the background.

land! (McMicken Island)

Sunset from the kayak.

kayak sunset

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Postcards from the Key Peninsula (Washington)

I went on an early morning kayak ride along the Key Peninsula across from Herron Island, where I live (most of the time). It was a foggy morning and some of the spots on the peninsula were downright magical.

The boats are in Dutcher Cove (map), and have been there since the ’40s or ’50s. The totem pole is on what is known as the Haley Property, a bit south of Dutcher Cove, which belonged to Washington State Senator Ted Haley (served in the ’70s/’80s). Ted Haley donated the land to the state with the stipulation that it be used for recreation and conservation. The totem pole was commissioned by Ted Haley (in the ’60s?) in memory of his wife who had died very young; it was created by a member of a tribe in British Columbia (we’re not sure of the name of the tribe).

old boats in Dutcher Cove Totem pole at Haleys Lagoon

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Postcard from Seattle

The view from a golf course up on a¬†hill in Newcastle, a suburb to the southeast of Seattle. No, I don’t play golf; I just stopped there during a bike ride today.

Looking to the northwest across Lake Washington, with a peekaboo view of Seattle’s skyline over on the left.

Postcard from Seattle


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Clip art

This is a good example of the power of art to transform. This random arrangement of a paper clip resting on a small pebble looked uninteresting and ordinary; part of the detritus all around us. But then it became the centerpiece of the photograph, and it suddenly acquired some sort of tongue-in-cheek visual gravitas.

clip art

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X marks the spot

Around sunset, April 15, 2015. Herron Island, Washington.

x marks the spot

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Yet another beautiful sunset

Herron Island (Washington) sunset, a couple of days ago.

I try to get down to the beach at least four or five times a week to take in the evening stillness and beauty. I don’t have a view from my house, but the beach is a ten-minute walk away; I almost always have the place to myself.

South Beach (Herron Island) sunset, April 14 2015

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beach walker

More Herron Island magic!

beach walker

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