Sharing Inspiration and Gratitude

Author: Jessica | 04/11/20


Jennifer Holmes is delighted with a hummingbird nesting in her Coupeville yard this spring. Holmes says she’s looking forward to seeing baby birds by late April. Photo by Jennifer Holmes.

The abundance of nature and scenic beauty on Whidbey and Camano islands is helping many people to better cope during this truly difficult time.

We’re asking members of the Land Trust community to describe how nature is helping them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Share a photograph with a caption. Or share words, a poem, artwork (including children’s drawings), or a short video (email us: Conciseness is appreciated!

We’ll be sharing your inspirational photos and messages throughout spring to highlight the importance of local conservation and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22. Below are recent contributions (check back to see more!):

Grateful for All the Nature at Crockett Lake Preserve

Short-eared Owl at Crockett Lake

A Short-Eared Owl at Crockett Lake Preserve.

I am so grateful for the protection of places like Crockett Lake Preserve — now more than ever! Coronavirus is the topic at work, the newspaper and radio stations, and it fills our social media! Even before parks and beaches were closed, I was heading to the Crockett Lake Preserve to escape the daily stress that coronavirus has brought us. When I’m at the preserve with my camera in hand, I can forget all of the day’s noise and just be one with nature.”

— Jennifer Holmes, Coupeville

Tom Trimbath

Tom Trimbath, volunteer site steward for the past 11 years at Hammons Preserve, near Clinton.

Open Space feels ‘so much healthier’

I’m very glad I live on Whidbey Island. It’s nice to be in a place that’s open. It just feels so much healthier.

— Tom Trimbath, Land Trust volunteer

You Really Otter See This to Believe It


Cats get a window seat to a nature show.

One of the most enjoyable experiences we’ve had since we moved to Whidbey Island five years ago is the annual return of a mother river otter and her yearly brood of pups. Our two cats watch with great anticipation in the spring as Momma Otter returns right on schedule and then makes her frequent and exciting trips down our driveway, over our stepping stones to the bluff edge, and then down to the beach and into the water to fish.  We then wait with anticipation as she invariably returns successful, wet, and on a mission to get back home, only to repeat the process for several months. Her serpentine movements, hyper alertness to her surroundings, and fascinating patterns of behavior have entertained our family and thrilled us! Our backyard wildlife have certainly made this spring a little brighter during these unsettling times.

— Michael McGarry, Land Trust board member, Coupeville

Ann Linnea

Ann Linnea regularly walks in the woods at Trillium Community Forest, not far from her home, while practice safe social distancing. She was inspired to write a haiku.

Spring is Here! A Haiku by Ann Linnea

Spring is Here!

Alder leaves are out

Lime green leaves against blue sky

Spring’s sprung. Go outside!

— Ann Linnea, Freeland

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