Sun shines through the trees on the Interurban trail
Saturday, May 29, 2010
This piece of art, called "Conference Table," is by Tom McLelland. It's on the waterfront off State Street. Personally, I like the way this picture has some extra Pacific Northwest flavor: the raindrop on the lens and the seagull poop on the sculpture. Ah, home.
I'm leaving this rain-soaked picture as the latest post for an indefinite period of time. We're throwing the kids and the dog in our little vintage trailer and hitting the road for a couple weeks. Our ultimate destination is Zion, Bryce, and the Grand Canyon. I'm saving some Bellingham pictures that we'll try to post on the go, but since service might be spotty, I'm not making any promises!
Hope everyone has a great couple of weeks!
Friday, May 28, 2010
I took this picture of my eldest at the top of the ferris wheel at the Ski to Sea carnival. It was a perfect moment-- hovering in the sky, looking at the sky, reflecting the sky... sounds like a Skywatch Friday picture!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Every year in Bellingham, the last week of May is all about Ski to Sea. I took this picture at the Ski to Sea carnival. There is also the Junior Ski to Sea Parade, the Junior Ski to Sea Race, the Ski to Sea Grand Parade, and many other festivals and events. The main event-- the reason for all this skiing and seaing nonsense-- is Bellingham's biggest sports event of the year, the Ski to Sea Race. Alas, I will be missing it this year since we'll be starting our vacation this weekend, so I won't be able to post any pictures. I'll outline it for you anyway, and whet your appetite for next year's Ski to Sea Race, which I'm determined to attend and post pictures of! There are seven legs of the race, beginning high on Mount Baker with a cross-country skier. He or she hands off to a downhill skier or snowboarder, who hands off to a runner, and then the road bike, canoe, mountain bike, and lastly the kayak leg of the race which goes across Bellingham Bay to Fairhaven, where there's a big party called "It All Ends in Fairhaven". Sigh. I'll be there next year, beer garden!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
This is the Charlie Hunter Trio, groovily jamming right before I made the major photographer faux pas of using my flash. Charlie Hunter half-joked "What are you trying to do, blind me?" And I muttered "Sorry" and fled home, where my frequent debacles are a little more private. If you find this post in a random Google search of your name, Charlie Hunter, I'm sorry, I'm sorry!
Anyway, other than that moment, it was an awesome night at the Green Frog Cafe. The cozy bar was jam-packed with people in awe of Charlie Hunter, and in shock that he would deign to visit our little 'Hamlet. He has a new album out, which I haven't heard yet but you can hear him talk about it on NPR here. My favorite of his albums (so far) is "Songs from the Analog Playground".
Sunday, May 23, 2010
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
I love this picture ejvig took on the trail to Fragrance Lake yesterday. I've never seen a fern exhibit this kind of shape, but it seems to be spiraling up to reach the sun. A quick google image search didn't come up with any fern varieties that look anything like this, so I'm at a loss... but it sure is pretty!
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Steam from the Encogen Generating Station's cooling towers rises into the evening sky.
I've driven by this facility many times, but never had any idea what it actually does until I looked it up for this post (Only the technically curious need read beyond this point):
From their website: "The Encogen facility came online in 1993, and was acquired by PSE in 1999. The plant employs modern, “combustion-turbine, combined-cycle” technology that allows it to generate electricity using both a natural gas cycle and, from the exhaust heat of its power-generating turbines, a steam cycle. The two-stage process boosts operating efficiency, lowers fuel costs, and cuts air emissions. Combined-cycle plants like Encogen operate much more efficiently than single-cycle gas-fired plants. The latter typically run only to help meet daily or seasonal peaks in customers’ power usage, while combined-cycle plants often operate to help meet utility customers’ base power requirements."
For more Skywatch Friday images click HERE.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
The sun sets on the old Georgia-Pacific Plant, both figuratively and literally. Occupying much of Bellingham's waterfront for over fifty years, soon it will be torn down and eventually replaced with tourist-friendly parks and boardwalk. For more information on the waterfront development plan, click here.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
This hairy woodpecker joined us for brunch on Mother's Day at my aunt's house. Hmmm, I think our meal was a little tastier. Does anyone know why they were named "hairy" woodpeckers? He doesn't seem any hairier than the average bird...
Monday, May 10, 2010
On Friday I went to Village Books to see one of my favorite writers, Elizabeth George, talk about her latest novel. Elizabeth George writes the bestselling Inspector Lynley series. My tastes generally run more literary than mystery, but that's what is so brilliant about her books-- they are intricate literary pieces with deep social subtexts, which also happen to be page-turning mysteries.