One of the many nice new things about my new camera is the optical zoom. I noticed the birds on top of the Federal Building, from yesterday's post, and was able to capture them, which I never would have been able to do before.
Built in 1912-1913, Bellingham's Federal Building was built to house the Post Office, U.S. District Court, Department of Justice, Customs, and the U.S. Marshall's office. Today, the Post Office inhabits its original home on the first floor, and the IRS and Customs Services are located on the other floors.
While the kids were occupied on the playground, I wandered around the edge of the park and stumbled upon a shrub covered in these brilliant orange bursts. I can't remember seeing a plant like this in our area before and I'm curious what it is. Any ideas?
A few hearty Bellinghamsters stroll down the boardwalk to take in the setting sun. As sunset approaches on warmer nights, there is often a string of photographers along the boardwalk's edge waiting for the perfect shot.
Bellingham is primarily a college town. And every college town needs that one late night place that everyone ends up at after a long night of drinking on the town. The Horseshoe fits that bill here. Surprisingly enough I have never actually been to the Horseshoe. I guess I wasn't much of a typical partying college student.
Monday brought more snow to Bellingham. This is the view from my street looking down the hill at Lake Whatcom. This was probably at about 3 inches, but as I schedule this post we have about 10 inches.
Sunday was a mix of sun, wind and snow. My family happened upon Boulevard Park as the snow was really coming down and my little ones had fun chasing snowflakes. As we were leaving the park we spotted this boat out for a snowy sail. Once we got about a half mile inland, the snow was gone and the skies were clear and sunny.
We are finally getting some winter snow with slush in the city and white in the foothills. The dock that is the source of much summer time fun, is now covered in a thick layer of frost. I am definitely not trying to get down that ramp anytime soon.
As I drove by I spotted these boats reflected perfectly in the still harbor water. By the time I parked the car and made my way back, one pesky duck was swimming around, intent on rippling my reflections!
On a rainy Saturday afternoon I brought my daughters to our neighborhood school to ride scooters under the large covered play area. Though the scooters were soon abandoned. The call of the playground could not be detoured by a little rain.
These three iconic downtown Bellingham buildings can all be viewed all at once from the intersection of Cornwall Ave and E. Champion St. The tallest building in Bellingham is the Bellingham Towers, which sits to the background of the glorious Mount Baker Theatre standing in front. I am not sure which business currently resides in the orca whale muraled building, though in my last semester at WWU I spent a summer internship on the top floor with the non profit group Northwest Ecosystem Alliance.
'Tis the season of going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark which makes it tough to get any photos this time of year. To remedy the situation, I bailed out of work a little early last week and went home the long way along the bay to hunt for a couple of photo ops. This little patch of park lies just south of the Bellingham International Airport runway. In the summer we like to come here, set out some blankets and watch the meteor showers. Every few minutes a jet will come over low enough to feel the jet wash as it lands.
Hundreds of adventuresome people, including Lizzi, my husband and our daughters, ran into and out of Lake Padden very quickly for the annual Polar Dip. Once most of chaos was over this brave bunch of hardy ducks took a full dunk into the 42 degree lake to celebrate New Year's Day.