Embrace Island Winter Days

Whidbey Island is a tourist destination in warmer weather. However, one should embrace island winter days. Days like this have their own beauty. I think of quietness. But, I also feel an edge to nature. It is as if nature is imposing itself more forcefully.

Dinah and I were visiting possible publicity photo shoot locations for the new singing group she is organizing – the Saratoga Sirens. Dinah derived the name from the mythological sirens, combined with Saratoga, the name of the passage on the eastern side of Whidbey Island.

Locations included Long Point, Libbey Beach, and Fort Ebey State Park.

Wind Helps Us Embrace Island Winter Days

Wind makes a winter day feel raw. However, it creates more natural drama when it comes to water. Today was breezy. Moreover, the Whidbey Island surf is typically on the calm side. But, today we had some exciting surf. A sneaker wave even caught me while taking a photograph. Casualties included wet pants legs and shoes. But, my camera stayed dry!

Embrace Island Winter Days
Long Point features great access for a photo shoot. However, the only real visual feature is driftwood.

Surfers Enhanced the Day

Today’s surprise find – two surfers at Fort Ebey. This is not a common site on Whidbey Island.

Embrace Island Winter Days
I ran into two surfers while at Fort Ebey State Park. This one is wearing a 5 mm wet suit. Brr!
Embrace Island Winter Days
Enough wave action to make it interesting with the Olympic Mountains in the background.
Embrace Island Winter Days
One surfer getting up on a wave.
Embrace Island Winter Days
Success!

Finally, after visiting our winter island locations, we decided Fort Ebey is the best location for the photo shoot. See the spot below. Next up, plan the publicity photo shoot.

Embrace Island Winter Days
Driftwood creates great visual interest when combined with water and a cliff. This is our favorite photo shoot location of the day.

I leave you with a quote by Andrew Wyeth:

I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape. Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn’t show.

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