Friday, June 13, 2008

Deception Pass

For Sky Watch Friday I give you: Deception Pass, between Whidbey and Fidalgo Islands, is a popular camping, boating and tourist destination. Deception Pass State Park is the most-visited park in Washington State, with over 2 million visitors each year. The park was established in the 1930's when the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built roads, trails, and buildings and developed the park.

Deception Pass is unique in that the tidal flow beneath the twin bridges (built in 1935) connecting Fidalgo Island to Whidbey Island is extremely fast and rough. During lower tides, the swift current can lead to standing waves, huge whirlpools, and roiling eddies. This swift current phenomenon can be viewed from the twin bridges' pedestrian walkways or from the trail leading below the larger south bridge from the parking lot on the Whidbey Island side.

You might have noticed my 1982 Copyright on the image above. This photo was made almost 30 years ago from a point of land beneath the bridge during a photo excursion with a friend. Climbing our way back up the hillside in the dark is a memory I'll always retain ... but over the ensuing years consistent print sales of this image have repaid that arduous trek many times over.

For a list of other Sky Watch Friday participants visit Tom Wigley's Blog.

For those who care ... this image was made with a Canon fTb using Kodachrome 25 transparency film and digitally scanned with a Nikon LS-5000 scanner.

I've jumped the gun by a few hours for this Friday photo ... but since it's not current events I guess it's permissible :)

59 comments:

Quiet Paths said...

This one was well worth hauling out of the photo files. Thanks for peek at Deception Pass. I've never been.

Champ Townboy said...

Great shot!!

d. chedwick said...

oooooh, this really grabbed my attention! how nice it must have been for you to be standing there, all those years ago.

Sandpiper said...

This is postcard material! Lovely place!

Carletta said...

Beautiful!

fishing guy said...

That is a beautiful piece on earth.

Ann said...

What a beautiful place, and a lovely photo.

esnorway said...

great pic it have it all

The Road Less Photographed said...

Wow, what a scene! Well worth whatever it took to take it...it would have been worth it just to take it for your own private viewing.

Clueless in boston said...

Beautiful sunset

Steven and Aisha said...

Wow! It's so beautiful! I am in awe of the beauty of that place. :)

Neva said...

How nice that it is so popular-even years later.....it certainly is a stunning shot....

Louis la Vache said...

1982 or 2008 - still a stunning shot! You know that chef, Emeril who likes to say "BAM!" - This is a "BAM" shot!

"Louis", an early riser, caught San Francisco waking up. Please pardon the tripodless camera shake...

Kelly said...

Chuck this is absolutely stunning. It is such a restful photo, and I think it will be the last one I look at before I sign off and go to bed! Really lovely!

Lilli & Nevada said...

Great photo i love the scenery

Your EG Tour Guide said...

This is an incredibly beautiful photo, Chuck.

Sorry your trek back in the dark was so memorable...but, as you point out, it was worth it monetarily.

Is the area still as unspoiled now as it was in 1982? I'm crossing my fingers that you'll say "Yes."

Island Rambles Blog said...

WOW WOW ..I think I have been there...but my photos are not like that....Happy Sky Watch for Friday......lovely colors in your skies and your oceans....we have rain and more rain.....come and see my bride in the sky..if you already visited then thanks...cheers!!

Mary said...

Beautiful photo! The light and color are super. I walked across the Deception Pass bridge last year and boated under it! Great place.

Chuck Pefley said...

EG Tour Guide: I rode over the bridge last summer but didn't make the climb down. However, I would guess, since this is State Park land, that the location is still accessible. Trees will have grown, however.

Marie-Noyale said...

That is a picture worth all the efforts it took you..
and it will never age!!

Ida said...

LOVELY scene! :)))

Mrs. Darcy said...

Beautiful picture! Lovely colors!

jennifer said...

Simply gorgeous photo with interesting information.

Great post!

Jen

Kim said...

Breathtaking. A perfect post.
-Kim
Seattle Daily Photo

RuneE said...

If there is one thing we miss in this world, it is Kodachrome 25.

I can well imagine that this one has earned its keep - quality never dulls.

mrsnesbitt said...

Is this what Paul Simon was singing about? Not being a technical girl you see! LOL! Whatever, it's fantastic!

Marie said...

Beautiful...peaceful...

evlahos said...

this is magnificent. great scenery

babooshka said...

The area underneath the water's surface is well named, deceptive indeed. Outstanding image and no surprise on the repeat fees. This should be a lesson to everyone, that no amount of "photoshopping" can recreate nature's palette, and the gifted photographer eye. It's a timless image proving beautiful images surpass the taken date. I am a Nikon girl,so thanks for the info.

me ann my camera said...

A beautiful photo with variable levels of texture, colour and contrast. Lovely!
Thank you for having visited mine at: varying seasons

Suzanne said...

What a wonderful place. I can understand wanting to take a holiday there. Happy SWF.

pts said...

great shot!

Luiz Ramos said...

Beautiful shot. Nice view.

Texas Travelers said...

What can I say.
A great Photograph is a great photograph. For the Ages.

KR 25 rocked!

Thanks for sharing this beauty,
Troy

PS: Thanks for the visit.

Inkivääri said...

Beautiful place and colours of sky!

ellen b said...

Hi Chuck!
Your shot of Deception Pass is beautiful. I so love strolling through your photos of Washington. Although I'm living in California right now in a condo, my house and heart are still in Wa. :0) Hope to get back there in the future...
Have a great weekend.

Small City Scenes said...

Always a beautiful area. great shot. I don't think one could get a bad shot at deception. MB

Marcel said...

Beautiful!

Jerez said...

I'd be happy to use your photo on my blog to link to you?

Dick said...

Wow, fantastic sky watch.

Baba said...

A photo of an extraordinary beauty!!
The tree against the light.
The sun reflected in the water with tones golden.
The clouds, of rose and blue, drawing painting "pointillist" in the sky.
The black silhouettes of the land against the fund...
A photo to contemplate it millions of times, because will always give serenity i peace.
Happinesses by having it. Is a photo of exposition!!!!

Jayne said...

A brilliant photo, and it looks as good today as it undoubtedly looked in 1982! Deception Pass is one of my favorite places in Washington--and some day I hope to live on Whidbey so that I can visit the Pass regularly. :)

Catherine said...

First of all I came in your blog because of your comments on other Sky Watchers'blogs. They're very personalized and humoristic .
I don't regret to fly up to your blog, your picture deserve it, even though you took it a long time ago! The challenge would be for you to go back there and take a recent picture of the landscape and let us know if it has changed.
Your other pictures seem to be as interesting as this one, so, I 'll stay a moment in Seattle, if you allow me.
There's Watchers and professional Watchers, all together, we realize a fantastic puzzle of Sky.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

I'm delighted by the longevity of filmed images. Thank you for bringing this out of your archives. The scene as captured is wondrous. Thanks, too, for the information on the location.

raf said...

Superb, Chuck! Enduring quality artwork.
Thank you for sharing that beauty with us.

John said...

Amazing shot and wonderful silhouette!

Willard said...

Chuck,
A stunning photograph! I can see why it has been a consistent seller for you over the years.

Also thanks for sharing the information about how the photo was made. I well remember the Kodachrome days!

Bergson said...

I will not titrate disappointment pass but superb color

Max-e said...

Sometimes it is nice to go back into the archives. Great shot and interesting info Chuck

marley said...

It may be nearly 30 years old but it is a timeless photo. Its pure beauty.

American Fork said...

Absolutely stunning.

Ming the Merciless said...

Love the colors of the sky, from blue to orange. Love the silhouette of the tree on the left too.

Louis la Vache said...

"Louis" thanks you for your kind comments about his s H a K y S h O t. "Louis" wouldn't have to worry about leaving the tripod since most of his shots are taken from his balcony.

For this next "ABC Wednesday", stop by for "Visions from Hell!"...

vero said...

simply wonderful

Jim said...

Hi Chuck,

This is a great sunset photograph and proves that good images are timeless. I wish it were my own.

Hey, I had an fTb too! Small world. Thanks for visiting my SWF and for your comment as well.

Jim

Phil_O'Logus said...

Stunning photo. My Dad cherished his FTb; many happy memories were captured with that camera.

Kathiesbirds said...

A perfect Skywatch photo. What a beautiful shot.

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Fantastic and beautiful!:)

Dewdrop said...

Looks like a place I must visit. Spectacular shots... excellently composed. Beautiful.

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