Meet Daniel and Ginger – Daniel of the smiling face and Ginger of the big “sticks” (her human tells me Ginger is known as the “branch manager” in the neighborhood – she clears away the fallen branches after every storm – she is a dog with a purpose).
Here are some photos from my weekend tromping around the by-ways and paths of Bellingham, Washington…
- I met Selkie, the shift-changing dog. (“What kind of dog IS that?!”)
- Cormorants played “musical chairs” on the posts in Lake Padden.
- Moss festooned the forest in brilliant green.
- Pink blossoms sprouted from a Viburnum tree in Boulevard Park. (But… it’s January!)
Selkie the Shift-Changing Dog
Lake Padden, Bellingham, WA.
Trail around Lake Padden, Bellingham, WA.
Cormorants on Lake Padden
Seen on a rainy day in Bellingham…
A family enjoys a rainy day on the Bellingham boardwalk.
Merry Christmas and happy New Year and happy whatever-it-is you-celebrate-when-the-days-start-being-filled-with-more-light! May Life bless you with all good, and may your days be filled with laughter and love and peace and good will towards all creation, and infinite joy!
Joy in Bellingham, Washington…
(photos by Karen Molenaar Terrell)
Ice cream on a summer day – does it get any better than this?
Dave, Mary Ann, and Carl
Brady contemplates life
trike with its own trunk
Tyler and Brutas
Tina with the rainbow hair and the tattoo art
Sarrah Van Zanten conducting her survey
Chris executes a back flip
Vira meets a new friend
Jordan and Ashley
Andy, Chips, and Scott of Potluck
Bellingham’s Men In Blue on bikes
Morgan and Cassie of NW Silver Stars Cheerleading
Morgan and Knight (“Frog and Toad”)
Danielle and her fabulous hat
Christmas wreath around the head of the Fairhaven Guy
Summer, Olive, Beth, and Edie
friendly little pup
new graduate Emily
Mark, Matthew, and Nathan collecting Toys for Tots
Nathan, Keyla, and Ally
Richard singing at the Farmers Market
playing with the wind
Seniors Raynjoy and Christina ran their last high school race
Mormon missionaries sharing their faith on the boardwalk
Lanny’s painting looking at me
Teachers Teresa and Julie enjoy the sunshine
Little rock climber
Scott leaps onto the tightrope
Little girl on her daddy’s shoulders
Riley in his way cool hat
boxing at Boulevard Park
Adam Perkowski of To Pacify Maniacs
tap-dancing at Bellingham Farmer’s Market
Ashley and Kelsey take the plunge
Joey Malloy and Matese
Elois and her toy elephant
Eric and Chandra
Callie eats lunch on the grass in front of the bike shop where she works
Ashley and her painting: Day of the Dead
Izzy and her Christmas bow
Christmas decorations on the way to Boulevard Park
Christmas walk to Boulevard Park
A toddler is scampering around Boulevard Park, sporting a big grin. I mention to the mom that her child looks happy just to be alive. The mom laughs and agrees. “I know, right? I’m learning so much from this. It doesn’t take much to be happy. Rocks! Rocks!” she says, imitating her child’s excitement over finding some cool rocks.
I’d planned to just walk to Boulevard Park from Fairhaven, but my feet had other ideas and pretty soon I found myself at the Farmers Market downtown. I was drawn to the artwork of Jill Bliss (“Is that your real name? It is?! Wow! It’s a perfect name for an artist!”) and chatted with her for a while – she’s had a really interesting life – she’s lived on several of the San Juan Islands at different times as a care-taker and naturalist, and has used those experiences in her artwork.
Goldeneye ducks bobbing around on the bay, seals diving beneath the water, trumpeter swans winging overhead.
Back to Fairhaven – I look in the window of CreativiTea and see Kyla in the kitchen – I go in for a quick hug before I begin my journey back home…
A lovely morning.
Here are some happy ghosts from Christmas Past…
Christmas Santa in Bellingham
Christmas tree in Bellinbgham
squirrel feasting Christmas ornament
Santa outside Paper Dreams
Christmassy street lamp
Izzy in her Christmas Bow
Christmas on the Green
Mary Ann, Pat , and Dave
A runner jogged up the boardwalk
from the other direction and got caught
behind three laughing young women
and a dog stretched to the end of his leash
across the width of the boardwalk, oblivious
to the runner behind them, and oblivious
to me in front of them. The runner stopped
and waited and caught my eye and smiled
and I smiled back as I halted for the trio
and their dog to move past me. Then when
we were both finally able to move again,
the runner and I acknowledged our kinship
with a grin and a nod, and continued on
our respective journeys along the boardwalk
in the sunshine on a sunny autumn day.
– Karen Molenaar Terrell
Bellingham boardwalk. photo by Karen Molenaar Terrell.