Current Rainshadow Community

Photographer/Musician/Blogger/It Consultant. I run The Rainshadow Journal and the Olympic Peninsula Environmental News on WordPress. I also run Mountainstone Consulting, an IT Project Management firm.
Ann Candioto is a former high school art teacher and child therapist, who became a Master Gardener in 1984. She moved to Port Townsend in 2002 and now tends a large edible and ornamental garden a couple of hundred feet above windy Discovery Bay.
Karen Sullivan is a Port Townsend writer and poet, former ship captain, marine biologist, and spokesperson for a federal agency. She is a member of the Rainshadow Journal collective and is at work on a book. You can see her other work at
Designer, writer, editor, teacher and spokesperson over the years, Mark Clemens came to Port Townsend in 2010. His stories and poems have appeared in The North American Review, Gray’s Sporting Journal and Mountain Gazette. His first novel, Infinite Tenderness, is now in search of a publisher. He has also written a screenplay about two young sisters running a small-town newspaper in the depths of the Depression.
Fred Obee is a long-time journalist at weekly and small daily newspapers in the Pacific Northwest, including the Port Townsend Leader, where he was a reporter and ultimately the general manager. He resides in Port Townsend.
Photographer & Writer and founding member. Joel Rogers is a photographer and author based in Port Townsend, Washington. Joel is the author and photographer of "The Hidden Coast, Kayak Explorations" from Alaska to Mexico, which won the Washington Writers Award in 1992, "Watertrail, the Hidden Path through Puget Sound, British Columbia: Vancouver and Victoria, and Seattle." Check out more of his work at :
Wendy Feltham is a photographer and community volunteer. She is co-chair of the Land Trust's Natural History Society and is a citizen scientist with the Port Townsend Marine Science Center.
Leslie Aickin has lived in the Port Townsend area for over 40 years, enjoying her owner-built home on a meadow surrounded by fine neighbors and trees and deer and coyotes and birds and slugs. She also appreciates the friends, adventures, education, culture, and geology of her home ground.
Founding member and Rainshadow webmaster emeritus. Prior to 35 years wandering about the industrial construction world, Carl Berger spent five years as publisher, editor, reporter, photographer and janitor for a small weekly newspaper in Wyoming. Retired now, he moved to Port Townsend in 2017 and keeps busy tending to his wooden boat, Sockeye, a 45-foot converted Pacific Northwest fishing troller built in 1944.
Diana Talley has been around wooden boats since the 1970s in Sausalito. She is a shipwright by trade. She has built sailboats, fished along the Pacific Coast, and moved to Port Townsend in 1990, creating Taku Marine, a boat repair service she ran with her late partner Rick Petrykowski until the mid 2010s. Now retired, she still lives in Port Townsend.
Founding member & writer Ross Anderson worked 30 years for the Seattle Times, writing about Pacific Northwest politics, history and natural resources. He won a number of awards, including a 1990 Pulitzer for coverage of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. He lives in Port Townsend and is a founding member of the Rainshadow Journal. Email him at (photo by Karen Knaur)
Peggy Myre is a Port Townsend resident and founder of Exa Data & Mapping, a local marine data science company. When not crunching data, she spends her time rowing, rafting, baking, or writing. She is a member of the Rainshadow Collective.
Robert Francis is Professor Emeritus in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington. He studied the effects of 20th century climate on Pacific Northwest and Alaska coastal marine resources.
Ernie Baird is a shipwright and educator. He has been a foundational member of Port Townsend's unique wooden boat shipwright industry for over 50 years.
Wanda Fuca authors our "Roundabout" column. Hir background is quite diverse. They washed up in Port Townsend in the late 70s, as part of the Wooden Boat Festival. They can be found most sunny days at the Pourhouse, listening and sharing town gossip.