Photoessay || Moments of Wonder

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PHOTOESSAY BY SUSAN S. SCOTT
Whidbey Life Magazine Contributor
September 21, 2016

Discovering moments of wonder on Whidbey Island takes no more time or effort than stepping outside on any day and beholding what the natural world offers. It might be in the manner a simple yard plant is backlit by the sun or in the traces of wind sweeping clouds through the sky.

Backlit by the sun

Backlit by the sun

Clouds sweep the sky.

Clouds sweep the sky.

Moments of wonder can reveal themselves when we are sitting quietly on the ferry, riding between Mukilteo and Clinton.

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Sunrise at the Mukilteo ferry dock

They happen walking with our dogs along the lane bordering Fossek’s field in Langley.

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Becoming good neighbors

Bicycling on Whidbey is another way to encounter a multitude of wondrous moments, such as these images I came across.

Casting shadows

Casting shadows

Picking blackberries

Picking blackberries

Learning to pick blackberries

Learning to pick blackberries

Having lived on Whidbey Island for twenty years now, it seems to me that moments of wonder only increase with time. They don’t ever become redundant or taken for granted, even though they might become familiar. Perhaps this is one of the gifts of being on Whidbey, no matter the length of one’s stay. I still delight in watching visitors stop their cars by the side of the road to “catch photos” of the island magic they see along the way.

Close-up of a Whidbey snail

Close-up of a Whidbey snail

A new Langley resident finds his way.

A new Langley resident finds his way.

Gathering material for a nest

Gathering material for a nest

A long view from the bluff overlooking the Langley Marina reflects its own bit of wonder in a poetic way.

From the bluff

From the bluff

Like a beacon in the dark, this white Hollyhock reminds us that the bountiful moments of wonder make themselves available to us night and day, in all seasons and weather, even when we are not able to see them.

Hollyhock light

Hollyhock light

Susan Scott, photographer and author, enjoys daily explorations of Whidbey Island and catching glimpses of extraordinary moments of ordinary life with her camera. www.susanscottphd.com.

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  1. I love the way Susan has us slow down to see. All these sights I pass by on walks and forget to stop and savor. I too love visitors to Whidbey soaking in new visions; it reminds me of what an amazing place we live. Thanks SSS!

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