I wanted to continue from last weeks post with sharing shots from our June weekend in the Seattle, Washington area. As a refresher from the last two weeks:
“On Friday, we spent the day going up to Henry Island. Henry Island is located on the north end of the Strait of Juan de Fuca in a group of islands called the San Juan Islands. This island is the most western island of the group and sits right across from Vancouver Island, British Columbia (just north of Victoria). To get to Henry Island, we needed to take a ferry (car and pedestrian) from Anacortes, Washington to Friday Harbor, which is located on San Juan Island proper. From Friday Harbor, we took our car across that island to the north end until we came to Roche Harbor. We did make a stop by Roche Harbor to go to an oyster farm, which is owned by the people we were going to see on Henry Island. After touring the oyster farm, we went back to Roche Harbor, parked the car and took a small boat that was left for us by family members over to Henry Island. I am going to be sharing a number of the shots that I took that day, but am breaking it down into what I think will be about three posts over the next few weeks.”
My post last week covered shots of Roche Harbor. This week a couple of shots from Henry Island and then our return ferry ride back to Anacortes, Washington.
First, a little about Henry Island; the island is all of 1.593 square miles and is home to only a handful of permanent residents. It is a heavily wooded island and is the westernmost of the San Juan Islands. The western side faces Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Henry Island 1 gives you a good look from the shore of the property we were visiting across to a dock and Vancouver Island, British Columbia in the background. If you see a dot in the sky, it’s a seaplane circling around on its final approach into Roche Harbor. Also, notice how brown the grass is and remember this was taken in June, not August. The reduced amount of normal rainfall in the Pacific Northwest was very apparent with the grasses everywhere we went already brown this early in the season.
Henry Island 2 is a shot looking straight out towards a small island just off shore.
We had an incredible afternoon, but needed to get going to catch the 6:30 ferry from Friday Harbor back to Anacortes. So, we did the whole thing in reverse, took a small boat back to Roche Harbor, got our car and drove across San Juan Island to Friday Harbor and our ferry. The ferry ride back showed a different perspective than the ride to Friday Harbor.
Henry Island 3 is a capture of Mt Baker on the mainland in Washington. Mt Baker is one of the many volcanoes dotting the landscape from Mt Shasta in Northern California on up into Alaska.
Henry Island 4 shows a sister ferry docked at one of the San Juan Islands along the way. This is a busy traffic route with multiple ferries connecting the different islands to the mainland in Washington and Vancouver Island in British Columbia.
Henry Island 5 is a shot looking back towards the west as the sun was getting a little lower in the sky. This time of year, being this far north, the sunset is still many hours away.
Henry Island 6 caught my attention as we approached Anacortes with the small rock outcroppings. It’s hard to see, but on that rock is a group of pelicans enjoying their summer evening.
Henry Island 7 gives us another look at Mt Baker, which was behind one of the islands for most of the journey back. We were now coming into Anacortes and finishing the day adventure to Henry Island.
Next week, I will share one final series. What would a trip to Seattle be without a photo shoot of the Space Needle and downtown?
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