Today, my usual hiking day, we went on an urban adventure in Bellingham, walking from the Senior Center in this picture to the ferry terminal in Fairhaven, and then turning around and walking back through the Western Washington University campus. Twelve Seniors braved the wind and rain (neither of which was terribly bad) to cover a total of more than eight miles before we got back.
Our first section took us by the trail next to Whatcom Creek, which empties into the bay, with a Maritime Heritage Center and lots of ducks and cormorants. (I now know there is a difference between those two!) The cormorant was fishing and would stay under the water for so long that I never got a good shot of him. These ducks will have to be enough for now.
I saw this bird's nest right in downtown Bellingham just over my head. If you notice (click to enlarge), it's made up of lots of plastic things as well as sticks. This is a very urban bird indeed! (She wasn't home at the moment.) Our trip then took us down to Bellingham Bay's waterfront, and I was able to get a picture of lots of cormorants, one on top of the pole, and some sea gulls, which are ubiquitous here in Bellingham.
Returning from Fairhaven, we walked on some of the trails on our way to the university. I loved this picture of the ferns growing out of the tree, and all the moss. I'm sure that people who have grown up in this area are not as thrilled with all this moss as I am, but I think it's beautiful.