One Year of Whidbey Island life in pictures | David Welton

Posted in Community, Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

Whidbey Life Magazine Contributor
Dec. 31, 2014

David Welton captures the Whidbey community in thousands of images, here are some of his top picks that show life on the island over the last 12 months. Some photos were part of features or photos essays published online or in print for Whidbey Life Magazine in 2014 and links to the original stories are below the photo.


Hands in the air as we zoom into 2015 at the Whidbey Island Area Fair. See more in this photo essay by David Welton, “Photos from the 2014 Whidbey Island Area Fair.”

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Dalan Abernathy, age 4, from Freeland, gazes into a glass ball at Seafloat Scramble. The annual Seafloat Scramble in Langley brings a big crowd of kids and adults letting their inner kids run to find beautiful blown glass globes provided by Callahan’s Firehouse. This year’s Scramble is January 3. See more photos from 2014 click here.

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A marimba player from Ruzivo starts the dancing at the July Summer Street Dance’s put on by Goosefoot at the Bayview Cash Store. Read more in this blog by Audrey Neubauer, “Neighbors Dancing in the Streets or in the Cash Store at Bayview.”

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Erin Wilkies’s daughters and their Boston Terriers compete in the annual Mutt Strut at Bayview Corner. See this photo essay by David Welton, “Mutts Strut in Style at Bayview Corner this Weekend.”

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Chef Scott Fraser shares his culinary delight, goat cheesecake, at Frasers Gourmet Hideaway in Oak Harbor. Scott and his restaurant were featured in the Fall/Winter 2014 print magazine, to see this story download the pdf or find the print magazine at these locations.

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Maureen “Momo” Freehill  with Heidi Sebastian, Sommer Joy Albertson, and Jeanette Eveland flashdance at the Clinton Ferry dock for “One Billion Rising.” See this photo essay by David Welton, “Local Dancers greet Commuters in Clinton to Promote “One Billion Rising,”

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Karl Olsen makes beautiful music in front of the colorful stained glass at Trinity Lutheran Church. Read more in this story by Russell Clepper, “The Next Door Troubadour: Karl Olsen Music Minister turned Globetrotting Folksinger.”

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Realism painter Rob Schouten poses in front of a new painting “Earth.” More on Rob in this feature by Betty Freeman, “Making a Living While Living for Art.” 

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Eyes gleaming, driver Colin Campbell gives it a go in Bob Bowling’s rustic drag racer in the annual Soup Box Derby on First Street in Langley. See more photos in this photo essay by David Welton, “Langley’s Soup Box Derby Rolls.” 

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Langley’s first annual Pride Parade brings out a crowd of participants and supporters.  See more photos in this photo essay by David Welton, “Whidbey Island’s First Pride Parade,”  and in this story by Katie Woodzick, “Jubilation in the Streets: Whidbey Island’s first Pride Parade.”  

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Washington Scottish Pipe Band marches down Second Street at the 5th Annual Holiday Parade in Langley

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Crossing the finish line nose first in the Pawz 5k by the Sea sponsored by the Animal Hospital by the Sea.


Georgia Gerber’s bunnies dance in front of the rhododendrons. Read more in Dianna MacLeod’s story, ” Spring in a Sculptor’s Garden: Georgia Gerber Dances with Rabbits.”


The scarecrow at Whidbey Island Winery is a new September addition since the Fall harvest story by Susan Wenzel from 2013, “Clippers and Chatter – the Sweet Sound of Grape Harvest Volunteers at Whidbey Island Winery.” 

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Tom Lindsay paints with bubbles at sunrise. Read more and see more photos in this story by Martha McCartney “From Leprechauns to Soap Bubbles: I Reckon a Fella Could Do That.”


Larry Dobson demonstrates his zest for life in his aerial swing. Read more and see more photos in this story by Russell Clepper, “The Friendly Giant: Trying to Save the Planet While Having a Blast.”


A celebratory moment, Linda Good accepts the first WLM Arts Grant in behalf of Island Strings and shares a hug with former student Gloria Ferry Brennan at the WLM Launch Party celebrating the first print magazine in May 2014. For more photos from the party, click here. To read more about Linda read this feature by Russell Clepper, “Creating a Good Story: Part 2, Linda.”


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  1. how delightful – no violence, etc. – just people doing
    their thing with lots of children.

    indicates that David not only saved lifes but celebrates
    the beauty of living.

    his photography captures his orientation.

    Great – after all I am his Uncle.

    • And a very fine uncle at that, as well as a supportive occasional grandfather standin for my son, photographer Nathan Welton at

  2. What a great gift to the Island WLM is. Please know that your audience not only enjoys but truly understands the hard work and dedication it takes to produce this exquisite representation of life on Whidbey and kudos to all the multi genre artists who contribute to the creation of such entertaining content.

    • Thanks for taking the time to write this Donna, we do have a great team here at WLM and it’s a joy to give a voice to our wonderful arts community here. Happy New Year!

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