Whidbey Waters — Whidbey Shores — a new photo exhibit on Whidbey’s beaches and the wondrous beings that live on them —is up and glowing at the Freeland Public Library.
Created by Jeanie and PaulBen McElwain as a prequel to Earth and Ocean Month and as an incentive for viewers to buy their own copies of Getting to the Water’s Edge, this visually-engaging show was contributed to by seven SWS Volunteers.
Three stunning panoramas—Double Bluﬀ Tidepool, Storm Cloud Over Ebey’s Landing, and Hastie Lake Beach were donated by Rich Yukubouski.
Bennie Netzel’s Line in the Sand and Distant Memory show beaches up close and Colleen Skinner’s enhanced photos of moonglow anemone, heart cockle and mottled star glow with complexity and light.
Photos of other beach creatures, seaweeds and eel grasses invite the viewer to explore the details of these many richly-colored and formed beings. Their photographers are Tabitha Jacobs-Mangiafico, Paul Ben McElwain, Lachlan Pope and Jeanie McElwain.
The Freeland Library, 5495 S. Harbor Ave in Freeland, is open from 9 – 6, Monday – Friday and 1 – 5 on Sunday.
Below the photos, you will find a Species List matching the various photographs.
These photos of waters, beaches, animals, seaweeds and sea plants of Whidbey were taken by Sound Water Stewards members.
Rich Yukubousky— panoramas: Double Bluﬀ Tidepool (B), Storm Cloud Over Ebey’s Landing (C), Hastie Lake Beach (D)
Bonnie Netzel — framed beach scenes: Line in the Sand (A), Distant Memory (A)
Colleen Skinner – enhanced photos: Anemones (B), Rebirth: cockle and star (B)
Tabitha Jacobs-Mangiafico — Black-Eyed Crab (D)
Lachlan Pope — Crab, Worm, Isopod, Anemone (B), Kelp, Bryozoans, Moon Snail, Piddock (C)
PaulBen McElwain — Nudibranch (C)
Jeanie McElwain — Tube Worms, Eelgrass & Limpet, Snail, Nudibranch (B), Anemone, Chiton (C), Sea Star, Crab, Anemone (D)
Sections: A=above computer desk | B=above chairs | C=above carts | D=behind staff counter
Great Blue Heron — Ardea herodias
North American River Otter — Lontra canadensis
Sea lettuce — Ulva sp. [in panorama]
Feather duster worms — Sabellidae sp.
Eelgrass — Zostera marina & Eelgrass limpets — Lottia alveus paralella
Moonglow anemone — Anthropleura artemisia
Red-lined worm — Nephtys caeca
Hairy shore crab — (Hemigrapsus oregonensis)
Periwinkle snail —Littorina scutulata & Little brown barnacle — Chthamalus dalli
Heart cockle — Clinocardium nuttallii & Mottled Star — Evasterias troschelii
Leopard nudibranch — Diaulula sp.
Rockweed isopod — Pentidotea wosnesinskii
Painted anemone — Urticina grebelni
Lemon nudibranch — Doris montereyensis
Plumose anemone — Metridium sp.
Bull kelp — Nereocystis leutkeana
Kelp bryozoan — Membranipora membranacea
Lewis’s moonsnail — Neverita lewisii
Rough piddock — Zirfaea pilsbryi
Lined chiton — Tonicella lineata
Blackeyed hermit crab — Pagarus armatus
Pacific blood star — Henrica leviuscula
Stubby rose anemone — Urticina coriacea
Red rock crab — Cancer productus
For membership, activities, programs, and more about beach species see soundwaterstewards.org