I ended up on Samish Hill because of strange circumstances. When I started looking for a rental, I didn’t want to be in an area with limited bus service. Then when zero hour approached and I had to find somewhere for my belongings and me to go, I responded to an ad and rented out a basement apartment.
Then since that time (despite the poor bus service), I have walked to Lake Padden three times, and discovered the mac mansions on the hill, as well as some quaint urban farms. So I’m going to leave you with some photographs of this south Bellingham neighborhood and Lake Padden, which has a city park attached to it. Bellingham boasts some of the most beautiful parks in Washington State. And people actually move here just to recreate in those parks and nearby Mount Baker. Not that I want any more people to move here…
BTW, this year a bumper crop of rabbits have taken over the neighborhood. I’ve spoken to people along the way and they tell me that they’ve never seen so many rabbits. The deer are less visible this year, but the rabbits love the grassy slopes and grazing land. And speaking of grazing, when I arrived at Lake Padden, I noticed a horse trailer in the parking lot. When I inquired about the trailer, a local woman told me that people ride their horses on the trails. While I did not meet and greet any horses today, I found ample evidence of their presence on the trails. Be careful where you step.
I discovered an urban farm with a tiny house, green roofs, and farm animals along the way. I asked the woman owner who was watering her flowers if I could take pictures. She and another woman told me about a trail at the end of the road, past a water tower. The trail is a mystery though that must only appear for some people since I never found the opening of the trail.
It’s not everyday that I find so many things to photograph.
Lake Padden, Bellingham, Washington.
Photography by Patricia Herlevi All Rights Reserved