Saturday, July 31, 2010

Daisies and the North County

An evening drive led me to Toad Mountain for the sunset. Winding up the road with my eye out for a good vantage point brought me to an open view at the end of the road: an open building lot for sale. Imagine having this view from your back deck!

Friday, July 30, 2010

A Very Mediocre Sunset, but a Great Evening

Not magnificent, nor glorious. I will not be remembering the brilliance of this sunset in the years to come. What I will remember from this evening: great friends, champagne, laughter, and more laughter... which is better than even the most beautiful sunset.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Family at the River

Mommy's hand is soft and steady,
brother's strong arm is outstretched.
Is it enough to convince her
to get her little feet wet?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Shadow Bouquet

morning light meanders
bestowing glow
on my homely wall
except for the rays
that stayed behind
to linger on the flowers

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010

Oh so juicy!

One of my favorite things about summer is displayed in abundant heaps at Youngstock's farm stand.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

International Society of Arborists Pacific Northwest...

...Regional Tree Climbing Competition

Whew! That's a mouthful of a name for tree-climbing fun. Anyway, this gentleman was nice enough to pose for me while he waited to be "rescued" in the climber rescue category of the tree climbing competition. This event is usually in Seattle, but this year they chose our lovely Elizabeth Park since it has so many huge climb-worthy trees.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Working Boat

She has none of the stately grandeur of the Lady Washington, but a life of hard work and purpose gives her an authentic patina the Lady has long forgotten.

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Lady Washington

Evening light graces the Lady Washington. Along with her sister ship, the Hawaiian Chieftain, she will in Bellingham Harbor through the weekend.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Lynden Windmill

A few days ago I realized we haven't posted any pictures of our nearby town Lynden. So yesterday we drove the twenty minutes or so it takes to get there. The kids were happy, because Lynden is home to the biggest, coolest playground in the county. Lynden is a farming town of mostly Dutch heritage. This shopping center's design is a nod to the Dutch background of Lynden's residents. Yesterday we played at Lynden's Million Smiles Playground, grabbed some lunch at Dutch Mother's restaurant, and got a pie to take home from the Lynden Dutch Bakery. What a fun day!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I Ssssssssee You

Comfortably nestled into himself,
we stare at each other.
Both are grateful
for the glass barrier.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Sunlit Quilt

Another one from the Sunnyland Stomp: Sun shone through this already sun-adorned quilt at the Front Porch Quilt Gallery on Franklin Street.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sunnyland Stomp 2010

This was the first year we participated in our neighborhood's annual art walk, the Sunnyland Stomp, by hosting our friend Chris Murphy who does oil and acrylic paintings on glass as well as pen and ink work. About 20 neighbors participated including the Greencardz, Montalvo and Berger gallery pictured above. The weather was perfect and turnout was great - we're already looking forward to next year.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Barn

In younger years she was the heart of the farm,
the keeper of cows, hay and tools.
Now she slowly returns to the soil she helped work.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Deer's Ears

it must be a relief
as far as what deer believe
to see the person with the big black thing
and have it go
not bang

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Sunset Pond

behind the half-empty strip mall
beside the busy interstate
just before industrial Irongate
you can find beauty
at Sunset Pond

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

Bellingham Daily Photo's One-Year Blogoversary!

A slightly smooshed, rather windblown, very sea-sprayed cupcake sits in front of a view of Bellingham from Zuanich Point. You can tell by the focus which subject I found most important. Mmm... cupcake. I highly recommend sea-salt sprinkled chocolate-- it was very good! Anyway, we are celebrating one whole year of Bellingham daily photo madness. The madness is on our part, not yours. What were we thinking? Taking on a daily photo project with two small children, a house we're trying to remodel ourselves, jobs, and wanting to have an actual life too? Well, we wouldn't change it for anything! This project has dragged me out of the house on many a day I would have stayed home doing something boring, like vacuuming, in order to get the next daily photo. Not to mention, I love it that I now speak regularly to friends all around the world... and if I'm lucky, maybe we'll get to meet someday.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Whatcom County Relay for Life

Here's the reason we didn't have a post yesterday: We were at our local Relay for Life event from Friday afternoon until Saturday afternoon. For those of you unfamiliar with the Relay for Life, it's a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, which raises money for cancer research and programs for those stricken with cancer. The Relay for Life is an overnight event in which lots of teams participate, and someone from the team must be walking the track at all times during the event, which lasts 20 hours. Bellingham's Relay for Life is an unusual one in that we close off a portion of downtown for the track rather than using a sports field like most towns do. The bags in the photo here are candlelit luminarias, each one decorated for a person who has had cancer. Some are in celebration of those who have won the fight, and others are in memory of those who died. It's a very personal, emotional event for ejvig and myself, since we both lost our moms to cancer. Still, there are big strides being made in cancer research right now, and I'm hopeful that there will be fewer and fewer luminarias every year.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Skywatch Friday: Baker Backed by Blue

I'm certainly not going to complain about finally getting some blue skies! Still, cloudless blue skies aren't very photographable. Here's a mountain in front of it, which makes it a little more interesting.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Cooling Off

We 'Hamsters are loving the (finally here!) summer temperature. Luckily, our highs are in the low 80's, unlike the rest of the sweltering States. Sorry, triple-digit bearers! Our hearts are with you!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Sweet Face

A friendly employee at a store in Fairhaven has a greeting and a wag for everyone.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Greeting Card

Roses are not only red,
Violets are violet, not blue.
Here's a greeting card picture
From Bellingham Daily Photo to you.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Watching Fireworks

I was going to post another picture of fireworks, but I liked the picture of my youngest girl watching the fireworks better. Watching the expressions of the children during the big fireworks show is even more fun than watching the fireworks themselves. It's a little grainy, but I like the color reflecting on her face.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th!

We watched last year's show from our good friend's boat in the marina. What a great way to see the fireworks!

Happy Independence Day from Bellingham Daily Photo

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Night Light

The rain has stopped.
The dog-walkers and fishermen disappear indoors as night envelopes the harbor light.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Theme Day: Reflections

Shoot, I always forget about theme days! So now that I've belatedly caught on, here's my second post of the day for the July theme day: Reflections. Has your heart fallen sideways lately? Or perhaps turned green with jealousy? Well, even a sideways heart is still a heart.

SambAmore at Boundary Bay

Ahhh, summer. Once again time for Yogoman's Wild Rumpus in the Boundary Bay beer garden. Last night Yogoman Burning Band brought their friends sambAmore along for a performance. The Bellinghamsters approved! There was wild energy and a lot of smiles going around. Thanks for an awesome show, guys!