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Local Photographer Zooms in on His Neighborhood's Natural Beauty

Bill Stankus starts photo blog to help preserve part of Woodinville's character.

When news broke that the , Woodinville's Bill Stankus decided that he had to make a photographic record of the neighborhood - his neighborhood - so that people would be able to remember and appreciate his little slice of Woodinville the way it was.

"I'm just going to go out and take pictures of the area as often as I can," Stankus said about his initial inspiration.

Stankus said that he wants to show people what the neighborhood is like, warts and all, and make a photographic record of its natural beauty and unique character.

Stankus, who once dreamed of being the next Ansel Andams, said that he's always had a particular sensitivity for nature photography. That shows in his images of vibrant green fields, local wildlife, and snow covered trees.

Stankus believes that it's these kinds of spaces that drew many of the region's residents to the Puget Sound, and he's concerned that some people seem too willing to just let them go in the name of progress.

"I think we realize that these places are good for health, good for sanity," Stankus said.

Stankus' work can be found on his Wellington Hills blog.

Have your own photos of Woodinville that you'd like to share? Head to the Pics and Clips page and upload your own photograpic memories.

Ron Olson August 09, 2012 at 02:07 PM
These comments should be under a new heading...Wine Village developer?
Annie Archer August 09, 2012 at 04:18 PM
We are working on a story on the new developer interested in the Wine Village.
Ron Olson August 09, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Is the developer aware that the Wine Village will be direct competition for the annexation effort of Agricultural and Rural land in the valley? Granted, Woodinville taxpayers will be delighted. But given the politics in Woodinville and the great influence a realtor and former mayor have with Woodinville staff, I wonder if the developer will be given the support they deserve.
Dave Henry August 09, 2012 at 07:28 PM
The potential developer, Paul Taylor, is a A+ Class act, a first rate person, high integrity, with a moral compass and very successful developer. Owned Cadman Sand and Gravel years ago. Contributes greatly to the communities he invests in. Understands the impact on each community he develops. Woodinville just hit the DEVELOPER LOTTERY and will benefit greatly from his involvement.
Can't Bury Me August 09, 2012 at 08:10 PM
I’ve been around Woodinville long enough to know not to count the chickens before they hatch. The woman who led the now bankrupt Frontier Bank that financed the previous village developer has a history for suing other land owners (fixed-income elderly people) and developers—especially when they look like they might have a chance to be successful.

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