Deception Pass, Whidbey Island's northern tip, is best known by tourists for its iconic bridge and by mariners for its currents and whirlpools. It is the most rugged and rocky land on the island and protected by a park that is enjoyed by wildlife and families. For twelve months I visited and photographed its surroundings, the wonders designed and maintained by nature.
The seasons and tides of nature and people change a place. Wednesdays in March are different than Saturdays in August. Surprises happen with every visit. Sometimes they are nice enough to light and frame themselves as I walk by with my camera. Months of visits created a familiarity, yet always yielded surprises. Grey and misty days were welcome for their peacefulness and serenity. And it was fun to drop by on sunny weekends and watch families play on the beach. There were always stories to enjoy.
Our planet is intriguing, and my curiosity enjoys delving into a place. One visit isn't enough for me. Twelve months hold much more than a visit, and yet there comes a time to move on. These photos are part of an extended series of Twelve Month chronicles on Whidbey Island. Deception Pass is the northern tip. Cultus Bay is the southern tip. Other photo essays will follow. Enjoy the places I've captured and enjoy finding your own. It's a beautiful world. Let's go explore.
In addition to being a nature photographer, Tom Trimbath is the author of the series of nature essays Twelve Months at Barclay Lake, Twelve Months at Lake Valhalla, and Twelve Months at Merritt Lake, and the cultural essay Just Keep Pedaling (stories learned from bicycling across America). He is also the author of Dream. Invest. Live., a description of his frugal approach to personal finance.