My Favorite Pictures of Longbranch in 2015

My Lovely  Bride and I have magnificent perch overlooking Drayton Passage, roughly a mile and a half from the tip of the Key Peninsula. A red sunrise before the rain fell in Longbranch, Washington, Monday Aug. 10, 2015.
My Lovely Bride and I have a magnificent perch overlooking Drayton Passage, roughly a mile and a half from the tip of the Key Peninsula. A red sunrise before the rain fell in Longbranch, Washington, Monday Aug. 10, 2015.

One of the things I wanted to do when my Lovely Bride and I moved to Longbranch was to try and capture the beauty of the Key Peninsula.

Here was a place so rich in natural beauty. Its people hearty and eager to lend a hand. We call it our private paradise. Our home.

Through the year I have chronicled stories on the Key Peninsula for my employer The News Tribune in Tacoma. I have met many of you along the way, and many of you have seen me on my way to assignments.

Here is a collection of pictures I liked from this past year. It does not have any one theme, except that they were all shot on the Key Peninsula.

I am hoping you enjoy viewing this gallery of images as much I enjoyed making the pictures.

Good morning Longbranch.

The sun could be seen rising over McNeil Island from a bank along Drayton's Passage in Longbranch, Washington, Saturday July 18, 2015. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the southwest interior of western Washington and the Puget Sound metropolitan area, including Everett, Seattle and Tacoma. The heat advisory was prompted by the forecast of hot weather and high humidity that could be a health hazard. The advisory will be in effect starting noon today (Saturday July 18) until 9 p.m. Sunday (July 19). Temperatures over the weekend will be in the high 80s, according to the weather service.
The sun could be seen rising over McNeil Island from a bank along Drayton’s Passage in Longbranch, Washington, Saturday July 18, 2015. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the southwest interior of western Washington and the Puget Sound metropolitan area, including Everett, Seattle and Tacoma. The heat advisory was prompted by the forecast of hot weather and high humidity that could be a health hazard. The advisory will be in effect starting noon today (Saturday July 18) until 9 p.m. Sunday (July 19). Temperatures over the weekend will be in the high 80s, according to the weather service.
A fiery sunrise over Balch Passage near Longbranch, Washington, Sept. 10, 2015. McNeil Island is on the left and Eagle island on the right.
A fiery sunrise over Balch Passage near Longbranch, Washington, Sept. 10, 2015. McNeil Island is on the left and Eagle island on the right.
A crimson sky over Mount Rainier just before sunrise Wednesday Nov. 4, 2015.
A crimson sky over Mount Rainier just before sunrise Wednesday Nov. 4, 2015.
Evening clouds move in over Mount Rainier viewed from Longbranch, Washington, Monday Aug. 24, 2015.
Evening clouds move in over Mount Rainier viewed from Longbranch, Washington, Monday Aug. 24, 2015.
A setting moon before the morning fog rolled into Longbranch, Washington, March 7, 2015.
A setting moon before the morning fog rolled into Longbranch, Washington, March 7, 2015.
The moon rises over Mount Rainier seen from Longbranch on the eastern shore of the Key Peninsula Thursday July 30, 2015. For the second time this month, the Moon is about to become full.  There was one full Moon on July 2nd, and now a second is coming tomorrow.  The science.nasa.gov website says that according to modern folklore, whenever there are two full Moons in a calendar month, the second one is "blue."
The moon rises over Mount Rainier seen from Longbranch on the eastern shore of the Key Peninsula Thursday July 30, 2015. For the second time this month, the Moon is about to become full. There was one full Moon on July 2nd, and now a second is coming tomorrow. The science.nasa.gov website says that according to modern folklore, whenever there are two full Moons in a calendar month, the second one is “blue.”
The Blood Moon Sunday Sept. 27, 2015. This was also a Super Moon and a total lunar eclipse seen from Longbranch, Washington.
The Blood Moon Sunday Sept. 27, 2015. This was also a Super Moon and a total lunar eclipse seen from Longbranch, Washington.
Boats on a hook on Mayo Cove at sunrise in Lakebay, Washington, Saturday Aug. 1, 2015.
Boats on a hook on Mayo Cove at sunrise in Lakebay, Washington, Saturday Aug. 1, 2015.
A sunrise is reflected on Mayo Cove's calm water Friday March 27, 2015, on a foggy morning on the Key Peninsula.
A sunrise is reflected on Mayo Cove’s calm water Friday March 27, 2015, on a foggy morning on the Key Peninsula.
Sunrise at the Longbranch, Washington, Marina Friday Oct. 9, 2015.
Sunrise at the Longbranch, Washington, Marina Friday Oct. 9, 2015.
Sunrise at the Longbranch Marina Monday Oct. 12, 2015.
Sunrise at the Longbranch Marina Monday Oct. 12, 2015.
A heron dips its head into the water at the Longbranch Marina early Saturday morning Oct. 31, 2015, as wet, blustery weather continue on the Puget Sound.
A heron dips its head into the water at the Longbranch Marina early Saturday morning Oct. 31, 2015, as wet, blustery weather continue on the Puget Sound.
Running in the heart of autumn in Longbranch, Washington, Saturday Oct. 24, 2015.
Running in the heart of autumn in Longbranch, Washington, Saturday Oct. 24, 2015.
Lisa Rolfzen gets an order out at Lulu's Homeport bar and restaurant in Home Sunday March 29, 2015. Lulu's is a local favorite on the Key Peninsula's southern tip.
Lisa Rolfzen gets an order out at Lulu’s Homeport bar and restaurant in Home Sunday March 29, 2015. Lulu’s is a local favorite on the Key Peninsula’s southern tip.
A logging operation in Longbranch, Washington, early Wednesday Oct. 21, 2015, underway in a thick fog long before sunrise.
A logging operation in Longbranch, Washington, early Wednesday Oct. 21, 2015, underway in a thick fog long before sunrise.
Fog settles on the front pastures of Kaukiki Farm in Longbranch, Washington, Monday Aug. 24, 2015.
Fog settles on the front pastures of Kaukiki Farm in Longbranch, Washington, Monday Aug. 24, 2015.
A hummingbird feeds on a basket of petunias in Longbranch, Washington, Sunday July 19, 2015.
A hummingbird feeds on a basket of petunias in Longbranch, Washington, Sunday July 19, 2015.
Horses enjoying a dry morning in a pasture along Erickson Road in Longbranch, Washington, Sunday May 31, 2015.
Horses enjoying a dry morning in a pasture along Erickson Road in Longbranch, Washington, Sunday May 31, 2015.
A fisherman in a rowboat pulls up anchor on Henderson Bay in Gig Harbor, Washington, Monday morning July 27, 2015. The forecast from the National Weather Service calls for partly cloudy skies and a high of 75 degrees.
A fisherman in a rowboat pulls up anchor on Henderson Bay in Gig Harbor, Washington, Monday morning July 27, 2015. The forecast from the National Weather Service calls for partly cloudy skies and a high of 75 degrees.
A sloop that broke off its anchor on Henderson Bay during the weekend's windstorm sits on the beach at the Purdy spit in Gig Harbor Tuesday Sept. 1, 2015. The day's forecast calls for more rain and a high temperature of 65 degrees.
A sloop that broke off its anchor on Henderson Bay during the weekend’s windstorm sits on the beach at the Purdy spit in Gig Harbor Tuesday Sept. 1, 2015. The day’s forecast calls for more rain and a high temperature of 65 degrees.
A floatplane flies over Longbranch, Washington, Sunday Aug. 6, 2016.
A floatplane flies over Longbranch, Washington, Sunday Aug. 6, 2016.
Ducks on a rainy day in Longbranch, Washington, Saturday March 21, 2015.
Ducks on a rainy day in Longbranch, Washington, Saturday March 21, 2015.
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A skiff glides on a flat Drayton’s Passage near Longbranch, Washington, Thursday Jan. 1, 2015.
A pod of orcas attracted boaters on Drayton's Passage Saturday April 18, 2015. The orcas played on the passage between the Key Peninsula and Anderson island for half an hour before heading north to McNeil Island.
A pod of orcas attracted boaters on Drayton’s Passage Saturday April 18, 2015. The orcas played on the passage between the Key Peninsula and Anderson island for half an hour before heading north to McNeil Island.
A cruiser glides by Anderson Island just after sunrise Sunday March 22, 2015.
A cruiser glides by Anderson Island just after sunrise Sunday March 22, 2015.
A kayaker paddles up to the sand bar near the tip of the Key Peninsula in Longbranch, Washington, April 4, 2015. It was another beautiful spring day, mostly sunny with the hig in the mid 50s.
A kayaker paddles up to the sand bar near the tip of the Key Peninsula in Longbranch, Washington, April 4, 2015. It was another beautiful spring day, mostly sunny with the hig in the mid 50s.
A fishing boat makes its way down Drayton's Passage near Longbranch, Washington, early Thursday morning July 16, 2015, while the sun paints the water gold. The old warden's cottage on McNeil Island is in the background.
A fishing boat makes its way down Drayton’s Passage near Longbranch, Washington, early Thursday morning July 16, 2015, while the sun paints the water gold. The old warden’s cottage on McNeil Island is in the background.
A bumble bee in search of sweet nectar in a forest of blooms in Longbranch, Washington, Aug. 9, 2015.
A bumble bee in search of sweet nectar in a forest of blooms in Longbranch, Washington, Aug. 9, 2015.

5 thoughts on “My Favorite Pictures of Longbranch in 2015

  1. Patience, a perfect eye and as I said earlier, right place at the right time. Thank you for sharing and looking forward to many more pictures.

  2. Reed and I are in awe of your photographs! We have a place on Herron Island and empathize with your sentiments illustrated so visually. Thank you for sharing. Laurie

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