Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sunset at Artists Point

Mount Baker blushes pink at the setting of the sun.

Well, we were lucky to get up there when we did-- snow has already closed off the road to Artists Point. Now we'll have to wait for next year to explore the other trails!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Elizabeth Park Fountain

I was lucky to get this shot of the fountain at Elizabeth Park on what was possibly the last sunny day before the water is turned off for the winter. Three perpetually youthful girls perch on top of the fountain bowl, sculpted by Knute Evertz around 1910. Apparently there had been five larger female figures, all of which were lost when the fountain and park were in disrepair during the Great Depression. Elizabeth Park is the oldest municipal park in Bellingham.

Also, a postscript to yesterday's entry: I found a newsclip of Glenn Beck receiving the key to Mount Vernon on Fox News. Shockingly, they downplayed the protest and only talked to supporters of Beck. (To those of you not familiar with the U.S. news channels, the "shockingly" is very sarcastic.)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Keys and Controversy

Sehome High School-- my own alma mater, as well as controversial talk show host Glenn Beck's. There has been quite the brouhaha around here this weekend as the polarizing celebrity came to his hometown of Mount Vernon, 30 miles south of Bellingham, to accept the key to the city. Beck lived in Mount Vernon for most of his childhood before moving up to Bellingham for high school and then on to Salt Lake City and fame (or is it infamy?) and fortune.

The decision of Bud Norris, the mayor of Mount Vernon, to give Beck the key to the city was the cause of much debate around here, as many people disagree with rewarding such a controversial celebrity. Mount Vernon is rooted in agriculture, and like most farm towns, has a bigger share of conservatives. In contrast, Bellingham is a very liberal college town. Bellingham's mayor Dan Pike has responded to the Glenn Beck situation by offering Bellingham's key to the city to comedic (and liberal) talk show host Jon Stewart, who he went to high school with (albeit in New Jersey).

Other notable Sehome alumni include: Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank (who is not very popular with the locals because she never speaks fondly of her time in Bellingham), the members of the band The Posies, bestselling author Chelsea Cain, and the actor Billy Burke, who plays Bella's dad Charlie in the "Twilight" series.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Corn Maze

Corn tassels reach for the sky at a corn maze near Lynden, WA.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Timeless Passtime

A mother and son play at play in Broadway Park create an image that could have been captured yesterday or a century ago.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Mount Shuksan Reflection

This is Mount Shuksan as seen from Artists Point, up near Mount Baker. We haven't gone up there in so long, which is a travesty since it's so close and so beautiful! So we drove up yesterday afternoon and wondered why we waited so long, and made lots of promises that we'll come up and get some good hikes in before the first big snowfall. It was so warm yesterday we were in t-shirts until 7:00 up there, so the first snow seems a long way off.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Pile 'O Bikes

My sister Melanie snapped this shot of cyclists preparing for the annual Mount Baker Hill Climb in front of the Glacier Ski Shop. Cyclists start at the tiny town of Glacier and ride up to Artist's Point, which is the highest point you can reach on Mount Baker by bike or car. The cyclists climb 4300' in 24.5 miles. The Hill Climb replaces what used to be the DUMB ride-- Down and Up Mount Baker. I guess the acronym was too accurate!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Feeling Squirrelly

Love 'em or hate 'em, we have lots of squirrels. A lot of press has been given to the takeover of the Eastern Gray Squirrel in Great Britain and Italy, and the subsequent displacement of the native red squirrel. For some reason, it isn't as well known that we've had the same problem here in the Pacific Northwest. Our native American Red Squirrel has been driven out by the more adaptable gray squirrel, and I guess we've just thrown up our hands and decided not to do anything about it, because I haven't heard of any plans to try to fight it. Truthfully, I doubt we could do anything about it anyway. Also, we've also been getting a large influx of black squirrels making their way down from British Columbia. It used to be I'd only see them up in Vancouver, B.C., and then we started seeing them in Blaine, WA (which is right on the Canada-U.S. border) about five years ago, and for the last two years or so they've been popping up all over Bellingham. Apparently, they are just gray squirrels in which the white and black genes have separated in certain communities. I have seen black squirrels with gray tails or gray spots, which is pretty funny looking. According to Wikipedia, there are also white squirrels for the same reason. Has anyone seen white squirrels?

Ironically, I snapped this in front of our neighbor's bamboo, which has also proven to be incredibly invasive...

Monday, September 21, 2009

Bicycle with a View

I took this at Boulevard Park back in July, but it might as well have been yesterday-- we have been enjoying a warm indian summer, and the nice weather is supposed to last through the week. We 'hamsters like to get out and soak up the sun while we can.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Rainier Beer

A faded mural advertising Rainier Beer in downtown Fairhaven. The Rainier Brewery building can still be seen from the freeway south of Seattle. This sign brings back fond memories of Rainier Beer's classic advertising campaign. I can remember sitting in the living room as a kid and always stopping what I was doing to listen to the Rainier Beer Motorcycle ad or the Rainier Frogs.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Cozy Bus Stop

Continuing with the whimsical theme started Sunday... here is a local bus stop that some enterprising person decided to make a little more homey. All it needs is a vase of dahlias and a cup of tea.

Monday, September 14, 2009

I'm For Ale

This table being sold at the Bellingham Farmer's Market is very cute. Mostly, though, I just like that someone changed the "I'm for sale" sign.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Freed Willy

I'm sure there's a good explanation for this but I can't imagine what it is. Any ideas?

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Reach for the Sky

EjVig took this lovely shot of the moss growing on our garage roof. We should probably clean it off... but it is rather pretty.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Skywatch Friday: Cloud Cover

There's supposed to be a mountain there. Our lovely Mount Baker was being shy last week during the stormy weather. Pretty clouds, though, anyway!

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Fairhaven Village Green

The Fairhaven Village Green is right behind Village Books (Best. Bookstore. Ever.) and during the warm months is the location of lots of outdoor concerts and movies. My oldest daughter and I caught the very last outdoor movie of the year, The Princess Bride. On that occasion it was more the Village Rainbow than the Village Green, with the colorful array of sleeping bags and blankets and people. Alas, I didn't have the camera then, so you get this picture instead!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Feather

The feather drifted slowly
from the soaring gull
to land on dirty water
at the midnight toll.
Floating ever lightly
on a frothing wave
the feather was thrust on sand
and pulled back again.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Monday, September 7, 2009

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Mallard Ice Cream

A crowd gathers outside downtown's Mallard Ice Cream, a local shop that makes all their own ice creams. The line often stretches well into the sidewalk for a taste of one of their unique flavors such as "Black Pepper-Vanilla", "Rose", or "White Russian".

Saturday, September 5, 2009


When we started the Bellingham Daily Photo it was intended to be a shared effort, but until now my input has mostly been in the form of occasionally choosing a photo and even more occasionally taking one. To remedy this situation, I will start doing the weekend posts...
Early morning traffic begins to make its way north on Interstate 5.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Skywatch Friday: Moon Over Bellingham

Diana's moon is rising
over the house tonight,
her glowing silk surprising
the darkness with her light.
My children dream in their sleep,
nestled in her clouds.
I lie and count my sheep,
sleep lost among her shrouds.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

White Lion

Summer's end.
Golden lions grow white with age--
They will wave their offspring away
And wither to a roarless death
Knowing some spring day
The lions will thrive again.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Herding Lions

Now that the end of summer is approaching, I appreciate this picture more than ever. This was taken in early summer by my friend Chad, who is a wonderful photographer.
I love dandelions. They're such an underdog, and so hated by millions who love their lawns nothing but green. Yet how many "weeds" are there that you can make wine from and a lovely green saute? At least I know Ray Bradbury understands-- here is an excerpt from one of my favorite books, Dandelion Wine:
The boys bent, smiling. They picked the golden flowers.
The flowers that flooded the world, dripped off lawns onto brick streets, tapped
softly at crystal cellar windows and agitated themselves so that on all sides
lay the dazzle and glitter of molten sun.

"Every year," said Grandfather. "They run amuck; I let them.
Pride of lions in the yard. Stare, and they burn a hold in your
retina. A common flower, a weed that no one sees, yes. But for us, a
noble thing, the dandelion."

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Little Girl On a Big Stump

The theme day for today is BIG, and if there's one thing the pacific northwest has, it's big trees. This one, alas, only used to be a big tree... now it's a big stump. Still, it was big enough that it just about gave me a heart attack when I came out of our camper to find my not-quite-3-year-old on top. A big stump, but small enough for an ambitious little girl to climb! She did need help down, however.

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