Sunday, August 30, 2009

Rocket Donuts

Bacon strips on maple bars... intriguing. If I weren't a vegetarian, I'd be tempted to try it! These are at Rocket Donuts, which serves a variety of old favorites and new inventions, and all I've tried are very good. They make the best chocolate old-fashioned I've ever had!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

Whatcom Museum-- Skywatch Friday

This is actually the back of the Whatcom Museum, but it is identical to the front. The original plot of land they were going to put the building on would have had equal access both ways, but it would have been sitting over an old coal mine, which someone decided wasn't such a good idea. So they built it here instead, with the cliff-facing backside just as pretty as the front. To see my other shot of the museum from the front, click here. To check out other Skywatch Friday participants, click here.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Silhouettes at Le Chat Noir

These artful silhouettes in the window greet you when you walk into Le Chat Noir, one of my favorite places to go for something scrumptious. This is one of many creative accents that give the restaurant a whimsical French flair. It's located in the Sycamore Square Building (originally called the Mason Block Building), which is the oldest building in Fairhaven, Bellingham. It was built in 1890, which isn't all that old to the rest of the world!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Larrabee Sunset

Sunset at Larrabee
A blanket and a glass of wine
Nothing else to me
Could ever be so fine!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Northwest Crawfish

My friend Corey found this crawfish (or crayfish, crawdad, mudbug-- whatever you prefer!) hanging out on the bottom of Lake Whatcom with his much bigger older brother. Big brother apparently wasn't willing to grace us with his presence, so I took a snap of Junior here. No animals were harmed in the making of this picture (my little girl made sure of that). He was returned to his muddy home, safe and sound.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Friday, August 21, 2009

Window Washer-- Skywatch Friday

There's something sort of peaceful about window washers-- they're slow and steady, forced to be careful and take their time. No rushing here. Plus, he must have a great view. Mostly, though, it reminds me of this Barenaked Ladies song I've always liked, "When I Fall."

It's Skywatch Friday! Go see some skies.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Seagulls at Larrabee

I know seagulls are a major nuisance and supposedly quite dirty, but if you ask me, they're very pretty. The crisp white against grey, the pale yellow beak with a dot of red at the tip. I would decorate a room in those colors. Anyway, this seagull is perched on a rock at Larrabee State Park, and as long as I'm so freely giving my opinions, Larrabee is the best state park in Washington. Gorgeous views, miles and miles of trails, an incredibly beautiful drive on the way there, and great tidepools for starfish hunting with the kids. Plus, while it feels secluded, there are two fine dining spots within a 15-minute drive: The Oyster Bar and Chuckanut Manor.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

City of Subdued Excitement

I'm not sure where Bellingham's unofficial slogan "City of Subdued Excitement" came from. Actually, for all I know it's the official slogan at this point-- you see it everywhere! It seems like I started to hear it here and there about 15 years ago, but it was a long time before it caught on
with city officials. Anyway, now everyone knows we're the City of Subdued Excitement... but no one knows who first called it that.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Whatcom Museum

The Whatcom Museum has four buildings-- this is the 1892 Old City Hall. It has seen good times and bad, but is standing strong and remains Bellingham's most iconic building. For more information, check out the Whatcom Museum website.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Captive Audience

She pretends the pretty girls
in the window are real
Shows them she can dance
Lips curve silently in approval

Friday, August 14, 2009

Skywatch Friday: Celebratory Shoes

Apparently the owners of these shoes decided a)they didn't need these shoes anymore or b)they were celebrating something and got so excited they had to leave a visual of the moment for the rest of us. I tinted and faded the picture a bit to make it look old, because to me there's something sort of sweet and innocent about choosing this form of celebration/rebellion.
"Gosh, guys, Mom and Pop told me I had to stay home."
"Oh come on, Bobby! They'll never know the difference!"
"Okay, I'll do it! Let's go!"
"Let's get wild and throw our shoes over the wires!"
Mission accomplished, Bobby went to the sock hop at the soda fountain, met Barbara Ann, married her and had lots of children and lived happily ever after.

Now don't those shoes just warm your heart?

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Sensory Art

My oldest daughter plays with the water cascading down the sculpture at Maritime Heritage Park.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Pearls of rain

Ahhh, Rain, old friend, welcome back!
The flowers and birds and I missed you!
Shall we have a cup of tea together?
I'll go put the kettle on.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Parkade Stripes

I like this cozy little courtyard off Commercial Street. The bold stripes of the parkade loops make for a striking contrast, I think. There is a crepes cart that sporadically makes an appearance here... this picture was taken right where that cart would be. *Sigh* No crepes today.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Living Tapestry

I love the different colors and textures of these plants. I really should plant some in my garden. In the meantime, I have this nice picture I took at the Bellingham Farmer's Market. This was in my friend Linda's stall. She owns Back Lane Gardens and has some beautiful stuff! Click here to check out her site.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Yogoman's Wild Rumpus

Otherwise known as hula-hooping night, the Wild Rumpus is one of the few times we can bring our kids with us to the Boundary Bay beer garden. A great way to enjoy a summer evening-- the kids are happily occupied... and we get to drink good beer. Cheers!

BTW the band playing in the background is Yogoman Burning Band, and they are awesome! Check out their music at

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Lummi Island Ferry

This is a view of the lovely Mount Baker from Lummi Island. You can take the ferry for $2 on a summer day and experience the laid-back island life for awhile. Bike around the small island, have lunch at the Willows Inn or the Beach Store Cafe, gather seashells and sea glass along the beach, and head home much more relaxed than you were before!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Summer Rainbow

If you catch the rainbow in the park
you can climb it like a ladder
and play till the day is dark
when shadows no longer matter.

Monday, August 3, 2009

The Hub Community Bike Shop

I love this mural at The Hub Community Bike Shop. It's right on the South Bay trail, so I see it every time I bike to Boulevard Park. This is one of my favorite murals in town-- and we have a lot of murals! These are the guys who did it.

Sunday, August 2, 2009


Here is another cliff-jumper at Whatcom Falls Park. He was pretty nervous, and stood at the edge thinking about it for about twenty minutes before he went for it. I wish I could have gotten a shot of his expression when he finally jumped, but seeing as how I would have had to jump backwards in front of him with a waterproof camera, that wasn't gonna happen!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Theme Day-- Night

"Night" is the subject of Theme Day at City Daily Photo this month. I chose a shot of these glowing luminarias at one of our Relay for Life events. Each luminaria is in honor of someone who has been touched by cancer. Unfortunately, too many of them are "in memory of"-- my own mother and mother-in-law included. This was the first year I had to see my mother's name on a luminaria in memory of her rather than in celebration... so this is a very sad but beautiful picture for me.

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