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Spencer Island

Spencer Island

Everett Wa.

(Spencer Island Butterfly) **This photo was accepted into the Washington State Photographer’s exhibition.**

Up until a few months ago I wasn’t even aware that Spencer Island existed. I must have driven by it hundreds of times while on I-5 or Hwy 2 and never knew that within the city of Everett existed a beautiful island inhabited by all kinds of birds and wildlife. Spencer Island is situated on the Snohomish River estuary. This is where the salt water from Port Gardner Bay and the freshwater from the Snohomish River meets. The first time I visited we took the trail that goes to the south of the island. I wasn’t too familiar yet with my whereabouts so I just chose this trail because I found the directions on a map. However, there are two ways to access Spencer Island. Both start primarily from the same area but this particular way (I’ll call it the south trail entrance) takes the long way around to the island. It was a nice walk and the Snohomish River is rushing past alot of the way. There were lots of waterfowl and we were able to see an Osprey flying to its nest. It’s about a 3 mile loop.

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Old Sauk River Trail

Old Sauk River Trail
Darrington Wa.
Mt. Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest
It was 80 degrees, the mountains were out and the sky was blue. It was the perfect day for a hike. I found this hike in a book and decided it was ideal for our little group. It’s an easy 6 mile round trip trail, but you can turn around at any time. This was our friend’s first hike, so it was a good choice for her first hiking experience. Nothing strenuous and the length could be as long as we wanted.

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Skagit Valley Tulips.

Mount Vernon, Washington                                                                                                                           

May 2008


The Tulips of Skagit Valley are some of the best in the world. Every year people trek on up to Skagit to see the marvelous displays of multi-colored tulips. Fields upon fields of red, purple, yellow, white and a whole spectrum of colors as far as the eye can see.

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Roses and Spring Flowers, finally!!



May 2008

 Spring is in full swing here in the Pacific Northwest. The flowers are in full bloom despite the confusing weather patterns that plagued us during early spring.

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Daffodils in Skagit Valley

Skagit Valley Daffodils
Mt. Vernon Washington
March 22, 2008





It is March and the daffodils are blooming in Skagit Valley Washington. I recently went there to take some photos and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of blooming yellow flowers. There were rows upon rows of deep yellow daffodils creating dazzling lines of perspective. The color was amazing.

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November Roses


My front yard

Washington State





I have recently been playing around with the macro setting on my digital camera. I have also been experimenting the last few months with different apertures and shutter speeds and have been pretty amazed at what you can do when you shoot manually. I went out into my front yard yesterday to see what I could create and was pretty excited to see the red rose above after I uploaded it to my computer. So now I am busily shooting everything in macro and having a lot of fun.


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