The cover photo is from Legion Park in Everett, Washington, near where I live. This shows the mouth of the Snohomish River looking towards Tulalip and Camano Island at sunset. On one of the poles in the water, there is an osprey (sea hawk) nest.
The next picture is a sunset from Waikīkī, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi.
The final picture has stage props from the Kent Stowell production of the Nutcracker by Pacific Northwest Ballet designed by Maurice Sendak. When the company retired this production, a resident of Seattle bought these and other props from, displaying them at Christmas.