As spring slowly starts to appear in the Pacific Northwest the locals emerge from winter hiding and begin enjoying all this wonderland has to offer. A paddle group heads across open water in the Salish Sea against layers of ridgelines stacked up like rings on a tree. Wind and tide work to the advantage of a knowledgeable paddler and open a world of offshore inlets and remote beachheads to explore. It’s a ritual that will play out thousands of times between now and the first blast of fall, months from now.

Captured and cropped into a pano formate brings into focus the elements of the scene that better tell the whole story. I love this formate even if it’s not always well represented on a small screen.