Saturday, May 24, 2014

Washington Park

Washington Park in Anacortes is one of our favorite places.  It is on a peninsula on the west side of the town and looks out over the Straits of San Juan.  The name" park" is misleading, since it is mostly wild, though there are a picnic area, a boat launch and a campground in the park.  We go there often to walk the trails and the one-way road around the park and to see the wildflowers which include five species of native orchids.  I've done one post featuring the Fairy Slippers and early wildflowers.  These photos were taken on a subsequent trip when we were there to photograph the native orchids.

the trails

a few wildflowers including:
Death Camas

Common Camas

Sea Blush

Field Chickweed

Checker Lilies

Wildflowers everywhere


probably the Waxpaper Lichen

 Western Red Cedar foliage

and the orchids, including:
Western Fairy Slippers

Western Spotted Coralroots

Western or Merten's Coralroots


  1. Your photographs give me my virtual fix on a walk through the Pacific NW woodlands. You make such beautiful images of the awesomeness you find in nature. I'm envious of the travels you take but very grateful that you share them.

    1. Thanks for looking and commenting, Lou Anne. Your visits are very much appreciated.


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