In the village of Langley, there’s a small waterfront park with tables and benches to sit on while enjoying the activity occurring in the small harbor.  The view is relaxing and overflowed with beauty of the Saratoga Passage, mainland and Cascades in the far distance..  On the day I was there sketching the scenery and filling my camera with photos, the water was calm and there was no activity at the boat launch or within the small port and harbor.  This was good.  I had the entire beach to myself for sketching the island ambience on that calm day.

There is not a beach on Whidbey without an assortment of large gray weathered logs that used to be majestic tall trees felled by harvesters, or swept into rivers and water from land slides atop bluffs, or breaking away from log booms.  These bare logs (called deadheads)  will drift for years from one shore to another plus occasionally collide with marine activity to cause damage to small and large boats. These logs are swept up on the shoreline during the extremely high tides during winter storms.  Most of the higher logs will stay lodged on the beach for several years until they eventually decay from bugs, weather, encroaching beach grass and people chipping away at them for beach fire fuel.  The following winter’s high tides will again reach the lower logs sweeping them into the current to bring them off to other far away beaches throughout Puget Sound and possibly north into Canada.