Every summer we try and take a couple little ferry trips over to Lummi Island - which is about a 45 minute drive from Bellingham. We only got one trip in this summer, but it was a glorious one.
We saw this Great Blue Heron fishing in a slough
And a cormorant enjoying the lovely day on some pilings.
We like to have lunch on the porch of the little yellow cafe and while we ate this Great Blue Heron landed in the top of the nearby trees. Posed between two power lines, it was hard to get a picture of all of it without the wires interfering too much.
Given a slight chance, most anything will grow in Northwest Washington State. This Ash Tree sprouted atop a fence post.
On the drive around the island there were beautiful flowers blooming - our trip was in August and on a gorgeous day. This Hummingbird Vine was it its full glory!
And Mt. Baker was our magnificent view from the cafe porch. Boats passing and enjoying a day on the water.
Back on the mainland, on Lummi Peninsula, there is a fabulous view of Bellingham with Mt. Baker in the background. They have the best view of the mountain there I think
Mt Baker and the Sisters in one shot - always a favorite!!
And Bellingham spread out beneath the mountains.
There is a Reef Fishing fleet on the back of the island. The Department of Fish and Wildlife explains Reef Fishing, as done by the Indigenous Lummi Nation.
"Reef nets do not gill or surround salmon with a net. Rather they count on natural and man made structures to lead the salmon into a shallow laid net which is then lifted and the fish spilled into holding pens.
Minimal handling and stress coupled with the ability to keep the fish alive make reef nets the most selective fishing gear available. Reef nets are fixed to one location and only catch migrating adult salmon that swim through their gear"
Men stand atop the tall towers and give instructions to those in the lower area as to when the nets are ready to be pulled up.
The sight of the long line of Reef Fishers is striking on a sunny day.
And on the trip back to the mainland on the ferry we spotted this Whale Watching boat - with no passengers, coming in to the dock. The words on the side say that they guarantee that you will see whales on your trip.