November is a wet, cold, foggy and very windy stormy month on Whidbey. People dress in their warmest and waterproof clothing and only those adventurous outdoor souls will continue with their daily walks. Even so, the winter months offer some of the most beautiful rich earthy colors as seen expressed in the watercolor painting I did this fall in my sketchbook (the reason for the vertical folds.)
This scene is from Wanamaker Road looking toward Admiralty Head lighthouse on Whidbey State Park near the Keystone ferry landing. The forward water is Crockett Lake, a habitat for birdlife; Whidbey State park; Strait of Juan de Fuca as it leads into the Pacific ocean to the right; Port Townsend; and, the Olympic mountains in the distance. The day was heavy with gray blue clouds and some land fog tucked into the valleys and foothills of the mountains.
It rarely snows on the island but when it does, it can be wet, soggy and miserable but, melts away with a few days of rain afterward. After the first snowfall the dry freezing air is filled with fragrance from nature and snow. It will bite my nose when inhaling. It will be still and muffling quiet with not a creature moving. Even the birds tucked safely to keep warm in the underbrush won’t attempt to venture onto the snow in search of daily food; although, I have noticed other animal tracks belonging to rabbits, coyote, deer and others I cannot identify.
This is a charming old homestead scene located in the area watershed that provides water for our community’s daily water source. The snow and rain caught on the heavily forested trees will seep into the ground and eventually reach our large well. It is important that the water source not be contaminated by cutting the forest for development.
This large acreage of land is the essence of old Whidbey and one of my favorite subjects to paint.