Steve Smith

Documenting our response to the virus

Orcas Island is responding to the virus and the change in how we interact in dramatic ways. We encourage you to share photos of how you and those around you are adjusting. We would like to document the community response. Perhaps this is a meeting that you are participating in where […]

New format

I have been posting most of my new content on Facebook because it is where I get the feedback. Here on the blog it isn’t apparent that people that look at the site. Part of the problem is that it is necessary to turn off comments because spam is uncontrollable […]

Orcas Island Parade

Orcas Island loves parades. One of the most popular is the Independence Day parade that was held on July 7th this year. I like to talk to people and take some photos as they line up for the parade. And some of the people along the parade route are interesting as […]

The Tank

At the corner of Crescent Beach Road and Olga Road is a tank. This is a collection of all of the things that were painted or hung on the tank since August of 2016 to October 2017. I think we caught them all. Click on the image to see them […]


There are two major parades on Orcas Island each year.  There is the Solstice Parade and, then, the Independence Day Parade.  Both are a lot of fun. Click on the pictures to be taken to the photo sets for each. Solstice Parade Photos   Independence Day Parade Photos     […]

2017 Garden Club Garden Tour

The Orcas Island Garden Club persuaded five fabulous owners to share their gardens.  This is the annual fundraising activity for the Garden Club.  The gardens are in top shape; obviously, thousands of hours of loving work was spent. Click on the images to see the full photo set for each […]

Entrance Mountain

Overlooking Olga and East Sound is a high, steep hill called Entrance Mountain. It is not open to the public; but, with special permission, one is allowed access to part of the mountain. It is a steep climb, but only about 900 feet. There are several great views along the way […]