In September 2016 we moved to Bellingham, Washington from California. We now live twenty miles from the Canadian border in between the Cascade Mountains and Puget Sound. Shown below are some snapshots of our new home.  
       

April 2017 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Just south of our home there are two large bulb farms in the Skagit Valley that grow daffodils and tulips. So for about four-six weeks each spring many of the fields are filled with flowers. Shown at the left is a closeup photograph featuring some of the more exotic hybrids. The view on the left shows more convetional varieties. This event draws huge crowds each year and backs up traffic for miles on Interstate-5 from Seattle. The hardest part about photographing here is avoiding all the visitors shooting pictures of each other with their phones.

 
       

April 2017 Trip to Orcas Island.

Orcas is the largest of the San Juan Islands and it has the most diverse topography, highlighted by 2,400 foot tall Mt. Moran in the middle of a State Park that also includes numerous waterfalls and two good-sized lakes. The island is directly west of Bellingham Bay and Lummi Island. It is a horse-shoe shaped island with a peninsula down the middle separting East Sound from West Sound. The extensive shoreline is a delight for boaters in the summertime. Shown below is the ferry landing in Orcas Village and a picturesque farm.

 

 

January 2017 Reifel Sanctuary

About 40 miles north of our home in Delta, British Columbia, there is a large wildlife sanctuary where the Fraser River flows into the Strait of Georgia just south of Vancouver. It's home to numerous waterfowl year round, plus lots of seasonal migrating visitors. The Wood Ducks on the left are the only ducks with claws on their feet for nesting in trees. The Blue Heron is an adult male in breeding plumage. On the right is a very curious male Ring-Necked duck.

 
       

December 2016 on the Skagit River

During the winter months salmon return to the rivers where they were born (or planted) to spawn. At the end of this process the fish die. This is what brings lots of Bald Eagles to the Skagit River each year. The photograph on the left shows an eagle dining on a salmon carcass. On the right is a pair of Bald Eagles with two juveniles.

 
       

December 2016 Lake Whatcom

Just a few blocks from our house there is a five acre dog park on the shore of Lake Whatcom. Here Marty and Mitzy are enjoying the winter snow on a bright sunny day.

 

November 2016 Trip to San Juan Island

One of the best things about living on Puget Sound is the Washington State Ferry system that connects all the islands and the Olympic Peninsula. From nearby Anacortes we can travel to the four San Juan Islands as well as Victoria BC in Canada. The photo on the left was taken as were leaving Friday Harbor, on San Juan Island. On the right is Lime Kiln Light.

 
       

September 2016 Lake Whatcom Views

Our new home is just above Lake Whatcom on the 12th Hole of Sudden Valley Golf Course. This is the fourth largest lake in Washington: 13 miles long, 1 and a half miles wide and 350 feet deep. Shown below are two shots taken from our Marina. The Trumpeter Swans came to visit during their winter migration.

 
       

September 2016 Bellingham Views

Whatcom Creek flows out of the Lake above and is the principal source of water for the city of Bellingham. The falls below is in a Park on our way in to town. The mountain on the right, Mt. Shukasan, is about 65 miles east of Bellingham. It has glacier snow on it's summit year-round.

 
       

Eating Out in Bellingham

One of our favorite restaurants is located right on the Squalicom Yacht Harbor. In the evening you can watch the sun setting from almost every table in this three-tiered restaurant. Anthony's is part of a northwest resturant group that processes all it's own seafood.