Thursday, September 30, 2010

What season is it again?

Our unseasonably wet and cool summer has given way to an unseasonably warm fall. Here are the girls enjoying popsicles at the Bellingham Farmers Market on Saturday. It was downright hot!

In related news, my azalea is completely confused at this point and thinks it's spring.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Green Transportation

I love my bike, but even the thought of climbing up on this one gives me heart palpitations. It's a loooooong way down! He looks like he's having a good time, though.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Skywatch Friday: Nothing's Black and White

If not for a couple minor hints of color, you could be fooled into thinking this photo is black-and-white. It's not-- just another one of our famous gray days. Our area is verdant and alive because of days like this one, so you won't hear me complaining about it! Well, most of the time, anyway.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Waiting for Summer

It's hard to say if these stacked tables outside Bayou on Bay will be used again before next year; the evenings are getting pretty cold for dining al fresco. In the meantime, they make a rather pretty wrought-iron art installation.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

"Public Anenome"

This anenome hangs out in the touch tank at the Marine Life Center at the waterfront, a great place to bring the kids for some squishy fun.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Weekend Reflections: Not Your Average Raindrop

This raindrop is the mascot for Whatcom Water Week, a celebration of our most abundant resource. While water seems like it's everywhere here, it's still vital to conserve it, which is why Whatcom Water Week is all about educating people about the importance of conserving it.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

He's High

It's up in the air...
he needs to get his head out of the clouds...

My five-year-old daughter is obsessed with figures of speech, and it seems they're all I can think about now. She has trouble sleeping, so I check on her every ten minutes and she asks for another figure of speech. Got any good ones? I'm running out!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

See? Gull.

I took this picture back in June, and then forgot about it again. Now I'm going through all the pictures of the summer, trying to post the forgotten ones before it's too late, and summer is too far gone. I saw a bunch of these gulls one day at Boulevard Park, and have never seen them before or since. I did an exhaustive web search (about five minutes :-)) to try to discover what type of gull it is, but I couldn't figure it out. Usually we just have herring gulls or western gulls, so this type really stood out with its striking black head stripe and orange beak. Anybody know what it is?

Also, I just discovered this "Bellingham State of Mind" video on youtube that I've got to share! It's a riff on "Empire State of Mind," and very cute. Doesn't it make you want to come visit us in Bellingham?

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Nai at Birch Bay

Five years ago today
we welcomed our first child
into the world.
She's been teaching us about it ever since.

Happy Birthday, Five-Year-Old!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

On the Line

I don't know her.
I know she likes greens and blues,
sometimes a splash of red.
She likes soft cotton shirts
and comfy pants.
She likes her clothes crisp
and warm from the sun,
and she carefully, methodically,
pins them on the line.
Their evenness is important to her.
Maybe I know her a little, after all.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Burnt Umber

Drawing horses at ten years old
I always chose "burnt umber,"
because they looked perpetually aglow
with the sun of late summer.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Sweet G is 3!

We were so busy celebrating our youngest daughter's third birthday yesterday, doing a post escaped our minds! Oh, dear. Here's a picture of our little birthday girl, finally slowing down after a day at the Seattle Aquarium and dinner at the Spaghetti Factory. Will she still be my "baby" when it's her 30th? Something tells me yes.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Artists Point

It's been a full year since we've been up to Mount Baker. To remedy that situation we're planning on taking a day hike on one of Mount Baker's many trails tomorrow. This shot was from last years' trip to Artists Point.