Portscapes: Our Local Waterways

Text and photos by Marguerite Garth | Published: September 20, 2019

We who live on or near the Washington Coast are surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and those of us who live in Grays Harbor or Pacific Counties interact with our local ports and harbors most every day.  But are we too busy with our daily lives to really notice the beauty that is there and how very lucky we are?

My vision in creating this photo essay is to call attention to our local ports and harbors and their importance to us, both economically and aesthetically.  The salty air, the crying and circling gulls, the unhindered views of clouds and sea, the slap of the waves against the docks – all work in symphony to inspire and heal.

A misty morning shrouds the Westport Marina, Washington’s largest fish landing port.

Talkative sea lions hang out on an empty boat ramp at the Westport Marina, waiting for the fishing boats to return.

A watchful seagull keeps an eye on things at the Westport Marina.

The Beechgate, a bulk carrier headed for China, is loaded with soybean meal at Terminal 2 in the Port of Grays Harbor in Aberdeen.

A closer look at the Beechgate being loaded. The facility at Terminal 2 utilizes enclosed conveyers, which transport the soybean meal from the building through a sampler and inline scales, then onto the ship.

The Beechgate is moored at a buoy in Westport, awaiting high tide to enter Grays Harbor.

A Grays Harbor tugboat is moored at the marina in Hoquiam.

Some old piers glow in the fading daylight at the Tokeland Marina on Willapa Bay.

A Grays Harbor tugboat pulls a barge under the Chehalis River Bridge in Aberdeen.

The Chehalis River Bridge in Aberdeen on a misty evening.