One of the nicest places in all of our county is Whatcom Falls City Park. Bellingham has great green spaces and for every acre of land devoted to new construction, the same amount must be designated for parks and green spaces. It keeps our city of nearly 100,000 from being over run with only housing and businesses and provides refreshing places for everyone to enjoy.
We spent a day here with our oldest daughter, our son and their families. I had been wanting to get photographs of the falls this summer, since we are in a drought and the flow is very low compared to years with normal or above average rainfall. The beauty and sound is astonishing.
The falls are on Whatcom Creek,which flows from Lake Whatcom. The park includes most of the creek, a developed pond that is a fish nursery for the fish hatchery in the park and all of the falls area and miles of hiking trails. The creek continues on down through town and into Bellingham Bay.
The park is 241 acres, with four falls. We only visited the main falls
The top of the falls
Plunging to the rocks below
All the area - over to the people on the left top of the photo, is usually flowing with water - you can see how reduced the flow is this summer
The small pond at the bottom of the falls - the boulders have been made smooth by the pounding of the water
This area is completely dry. Not sure how those holes got in the boulders
Ben and Donnie posed nicely for me on the bridge over the falls.
No matter how you view it - the falls are magnificent.
During the depression the New Deal Works Progress Administration paid workers to move the Chuckanut sandstone arches from a downtown burned-out building to the park. In 1939 the sandstone was used to construct the stone bridge, which is usually covered in mosses and lichens, but not this dry summer.
Collages were made at ipiccy.com and fotor.com, both free sites for making collages and editing photos.