On April 11th we had opportunity to get out and do some hiking and photography with son Edward, who was off school that day. One of the places we visited was Whatcom Falls Park, a beautiful park in Bellingham along Whatcom Creek and including a fish hatchery, numerous trails and several beautiful waterfalls.
Most of the devastated area, downstream from the falls, is now regrown, but in 1999 there was a gas pipeline that ruptured and sent gas down the creek which subsequently exploded, turning the creek into a river of fire, killing three people and destroying one house: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_Pipeline_explosion.
It was very bright and sunny when we arrived and photographs of the falls were difficult, so I've included some older pictures as well that I've not posted before. We did not stay very long either, since it was getting later in the day and we had done two other hikes and were weary. So we started for a place to have our evening meal and then home.
The Lower Falls
The Upper Falls
The Creek and the Woods