Winsome, Wonderful Whidbey

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pink leaf on grass, Whidbey Island, WAFrom the moment I disembarked from the Mulkiteo ferry onto Whidbey Island, it was love at first sight.  The rolling hills, thick Northwestern forests, and dreamy meadows surrounded by water, along with the charming little towns and working farms that dot the island, seduced me like a big, cozy blanket.  When I arrived at the rental house where I was to stay for the weekend, two perfect deer, backlit by the setting sun were my greeters — an auspicious beginning to a weekend filled with farms, food, photography and new friends.  The chilly fog and misty rain the next day did not curb my enthusiasm, but added moody light to the farms that I was photographing.

I’ve never tasted carrots so sweet, beans so succulent, and such delicious fresh cheese as I did on this fertile island.  I had the chance to taste amazingly fresh food of all kinds, all locally sourced, at the Bayview Farmers Market.  What is it about Whidbey that makes the produce taste so good?  Is it the amount of precipitation, the salty air of Puget Sound, or the great care that the farmers take to farm sustainably?  The warmth and openness of the Whidbey Islanders certainly doesn’t hurt.

Cranberry beans at Willowood Farm, Whidbey Island, WAHeirloom Tomatoes and Barn at Willowood Farms, Whidbey Island, WAGeese and Wagon on Willowood Farm, Whidbey Island, WAQuails Run Farm on Whidbey Island, WACarrots from Quails Run Farm on Whidbey Island, WABayview Farmers Market on Whidbey Island, WA

I am so fortunate to have met some amazing people here.  Many thanks to Willowood Farm, Quails Run Farm, Clare and all the wonderful people I met that weekend.  I know I will return to Whidbey, hopefully sooner than later – I can’t seem to shake off its captivating charms…

Check out more images from Whidbey Island!

Rocking chairs on Whidbey Island, WATree Frog in Dahlia and Sunrise on Whidbey Island, WA

Eat well.  Travel often.  Live your passion.


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2 Responses to "Winsome, Wonderful Whidbey"

  • Simonne says:

    beautiful pictures, Teri. Thanks for sharing!

  • Mary Sobzack says:

    You continue to amaze! Your pictures are beyond incredible — how do you happen to see a child playing a Ukelele or a frog in a pink flower? What a beautiful island and I’m lucky to be able to enjoy a taste of it from my desk!
    Thanks for sharing your art (to include your wonderfully descriptive writing!).

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