Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Postcards From Friday Harbor: Happy New Year to One And all!!

Postcards From Friday Harbor: Happy New Year to One And all!!

Happy New Year to One And all!!

Happy New Year from the San Juan Islands!!! May 2010 find you healthy, wealthy and wise in ways that revive you, fortify your soul and bring great appreciation into your life.

I have put together a little photo show of all the things for which I am thankful...have a beautiful New Year!!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Reasons to Love the San Juan Islands in the Winter

By now, I think just about everyone in the country understands why people choose to live on a small island in the Pacific Northwest during the summer months- there are whales, watchable wildlife, birds, cycling, sailing, eagles, sea kayaking..need I go on? Still some may wonder why locals would actually choose to remain on the island paradise long after the tourists depart and the seasons have changed. As the island breathes a sigh of relief from the burgeoning summer crowds, the heartiest islanders find themselves wallowing in the quiet aftermath and relishing in the simple life.

The cooler months beckon the return of lots of winter birds- not the least of which is the Trumpeter Swans who can often be found fishing in the roadside ponds.
The Trumpeter Swan is North America's largest waterfowl and one of its rarest native birds. To many people, it is the embodiment of grace, beauty, and unspoiled wildness. We also welcome loons, thrushes, Buffleheads---and many others during the calmer, cooler months.

The Island also start hopping with holiday preparations, all of course, done "Island Style." From tree lighting ceremonies to the Annual Festival of Trees- the winter months begin to unfold as a joyous celebration of community and presence. Island Art Studios burst at the seams with shows which showcase the incredibly talented local artisans, benefit dinners become the norm and concert series begin to send lyrical melodies throughout the streets of local towns. It really has a special place, this season of seemingly bereft loneliness...Simply spend a morning watching a sunrise which is unrivaled in the summer months--and you'll know that even Mother Nature sends us silent applause for our fortitude and love of the natural beauty we call home.