The Big Picture

Big Picture: Halloween a day early


This child sure liked the look of all that candy being handed out at Anne Martin McCool's gallery as many downtown merchants invited the town's kids to Trick-or-Treat on Saturday afternoon, even though it wasn't yet really Halloween.


Big Picture: Guemes Ferry terminal gets a lift


A huge crane lifted the old Guemes Ferry terminal off the pier in two loads Monday morning, then hauled the two pieces off to the Anacortes Airport for a Craigslist purchaser.

Big Picture: Oyster Run 2010


Parked motorcycles stretch for several blocks of Commercial Ave. in downtown Anacortes Sunday while owners enjoy Oyster Run, an annual bike rally.

Big Picture: New boat launched by OARS


After 6 months of work by a team of boatbuilders, the Old Anacortes Rowing Society (OARS) Thursday launched their new wooden 27-foot gig, the Island Star, then showed the boat off to a small crowd at the north end of Cap Sante Marina.


Big Picture: Wooden boats converge at Bowman Bay


Wooden boats from all over converged on Bowman Bay this afternoon for what Traditional Small Craft Association members call a “messabout.” A picnic lunch featuring fresh salmon from the Sea Bear company was provided by the folks from the Anacortes Community Maritime Center.  More than a dozen rowboats, sailboats and kayaks were enjoyed by all in attendance.  (Erica Pickett photo)

Big Picture: Summer day in Washington Park


Richard Grosvenor did just what just about anyone would do when they come face-to-face with a deer in Washington Park on a summer day: he pulled out his camera and got an unforgettable shot. 

Big Picture: Tall ships ready for battle


The tall ship Lady Washington heads out of Cap Sante Marina Saturday afternoon on what they call a 'Battle Sail,' a 3 hour recreation of a typical 18th century naval skirmish. The Hawaiian Chieftain, another tall ship, followed the Lady Washington out to Fidalgo Bay.

Big Picture: Samish Healing Pole raised


The Samish Indian Nation unveiled a healing totem pole Saturday in a 2 hour ceremony at the Samish-owned Fidalgo Bay Resort & RV Park. One small hitch: as the pole was being unwrapped, one of the blankets caught on an edge and a aerial bucket vehicle had be used to unsag the blanket.