Part II: Tales of Bellingham, Washington… Whatcom Creek

Copyright ©Jane H. Johann, 2016 Whatcom Creek Walkway along Whatcom Creek flowing into Bellingham Bay

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Whatcom Creek
Walkway along Whatcom Creek flowing into Bellingham Bay

 

Copyright ©Jane H. Johann, 2016 "Whatcom Creek" with Pickett Bridge build in 1865 offering a path above the water.

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“Whatcom Creek” with an improved modern bridge named Pickett Bridge after Major General George Pickett, who in 1857, had built  a wooden bridge at the same location.

Copyright ©Jane H. Johann, 2016 Whatcom Creek

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Whatcom Creek

Whatcom Creek is just a short distance from where I was staying in Bellingham.  It is a refreshing sight to behold! A beautiful park graces the creek as you near the old downtown area of Bellingham. There is a wooded path along either side of the four mile stretch of water.  The creek begins at Whatcom Falls and empties into Bellingham A museum curator explained to me that the name “Whatcom” means “Lots of Noise.” The story  behind the name is that when White settlers came into the area, they made a great deal of noise with their logging operation and so the Native Lumni People, called the place, “Whatcom.”  However, upon further study, I have discovered that Whatcom means “noisy or rumbling water” in the Lumni language.  I do imagine the logging story is a bit more colorful for some.

Copyright ©Jane H. Johann, 2015"Whatcom Creek" Bellingham WA

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Copyright ©Jane H. Johann, 2016 "Black-crowned Night-Heron" Whatcom Creek, Bellingham, WA

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“Black-crowned Night-Heron” Whatcom Creek, Bellingham, WA

As I was walking along the creek one day, I spotted a “Black-crowned Night Heron” taking in the calm of the creek. He sat there for at least a half hour resting his wings, joined by a number of Mallards, who escaped before I could capture them on my cell camera. However, the ever present seagulls were content to pose for me.

Copyright ©Jane H. Johann, 2016 Seagull along Whatcom Creek.

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Seagull along Whatcom Creek.

Copyright ©Jane H. Johann, 2016 Seagull along Whatcome Creek in January, 2016

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Seagull along Whatcom Creek in January, 2016

16 thoughts on “Part II: Tales of Bellingham, Washington… Whatcom Creek

  1. reocochran says:

    Thank you for sharing this trip with us, Johann. The wild water in the Whatcom Creek looks exciting but a little scary! Beautiful posts in Washington State. I have made it to the East side of the Grand Canyon, Arizona and the states east. Someday, I hope to make it to California, Oregon and Washington. 🙂
    I have always loved birds and that black- crowned night heron is regal and seems rare. Smiles, Robin

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    • Glad you enjoyed it, Robin…more to come…LOL October was my first time that far West. I still haven’t been to Oregon (except for the airport change in Portland) or California. Looking forward to that! And the Southwest is waiting for me also! I think I have been to at least 25 states…been to IL, IN, PN, NY, NJ, MD, VA,WV,NC, SC, TN, MO, AK, LA, TX, KY, SD, WY, IA, MI, MN, WI, KS, OH, MT and the District of Columbia. But then I am on Level 66…so I have been around for a while! LOL You just gave my brain a mental workout! Thanks for the exercise! Have a great evening and HAPPY ❤ week!

      Jane

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  2. georgiakevin says:

    This is a beautiful post!

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  3. reocochran says:

    Johann, the silliest thing happened when you wrote such a lovely comment it came out under someone else and I cannot seem to reply back on my post. So, here is a big hug for “seeing” the peach colored river. I came around a bend in a road and saw this. I was so excited and pulled over to capture it. I appreciate your liking my poetic expression. Although no one will see my response to your lovely comment, here it is. ♡

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  4. Clanmother says:

    I did not know that “Whatcom” means “Lots of Noise.” I continue to learn… Great post as always.

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    What beautiful falls, I believe they were quite ‘noisy!’

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  6. Lovely. I live in the southern part of the state near Portland, Oregon.

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