Exploring the Earth and Sky of the West

Larrabee State Park in Photos

Sundown along Samish Bay

Larrabee State Park is located just a few miles south of Bellingham, WA and holds the honor of having been the first state park in Washington, being designated as such shortly after a local family donated the land to the state in 1915. Several short trails lead from Highway 11 down to beaches that are positioned perfectly for spectacular sunsets…when the sun is visible that is. These photos were taken in late summer, before the gray and gloom set in for the winter. I guess you could say I’m posting them now in an attempt to relive the sunnier days of yore. Or because the photos on the park webpage leave a lot to be desired…

At low tide, the beaches are lined with tide pools that make for an excellent way to kill time waiting for the sun to dip below the horizon while other trails lead into the Chuckanut Mtns. to the east where one can find views of the San Juan Islands and Bellingham itself.

Saltwater sea spray eats away at the Chuckanut Sandstone creating spectacular honeycomb weathering formations along the coast

Low tide reveals abundant anemones and other sea critters

Sunset over Orcas Island (left) and Lummi Island (right)

Sunset at Larrabee State Park

Danger lurks beneath the rocks…

4 responses

  1. Excellent, excellent images!

    October 27, 2012 at 10:01 pm

  2. Mary Resch

    Love your blog. Great pictures as usual!

    October 28, 2012 at 2:44 pm

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