Posted by: holly | February 27, 2011

January 2011

No Full Moon Walks about Bald Eagles and Salmon because of seriously high water at our Eagle viewing location: Mosquito Lake Road over the north branch of the Nooksack River. Flooding is a force of Nature that I don’t monkey with. At all. The essence of water reminds us to move, bend, flex, branch, go with the flow and move mountains. Water works patiently, wearing down an obstacle in it’s path drop by drop and in huge surges. A river whispers that a change in direction might be a way of reaching your goal. Water can soothe your soul with it’s gentle rhythm rolling on rocks or annoy you all night with just a few drops falling from a faucet. Look out! It may carry you away at a moment’s notice. Rain nourishes and rinses clean. It washes away the snow and grime from your car leaving it shiny once more. But take care, the gunk from your car flows directly into storm drains and out into Bellingham Bay. The power of water can transport tons of rocks downhill, reducing one massive mountain boulder to billions of tiny multi-colored grains of sand. Changing creation. Approximately 60% of our bodies is water (babies, nearly 75%). Water provides balance to individual cells, absorbing nutrients and eliminating the stuff we can’t use. Water works through connections. From raging river to the smallest rivulet, it flows through a system that branches like trees and the veins in our bodies. Water connects us with our body and directly links us to our physical environment. Recognize this force of Nature within.

Nature Babies in January: Lake Padden

We explored liquid and frozen forms of water! It was great to see so many brave folks out in the snow. Good for you! We had such fun finding the first buds of spring while making snow angels. Crazy. We watched ducks diving and the mallards were wearing their finest feathers for up and coming spring nuptials, I mean mating. We saw lots coots and their interesting lobed feet pretending to be ducks and listened to them, um, cooting? You can watch and listen here. Trail Map of Lake Padden.

Can you tell that the lake is partially frozen? Brrrrrr.

And so were our toes. Brrr brrrr.

We explored the properties of snow! We discovered it’s cold, wet and fun, all at the same time. It’s rare for Lake Padden to freeze, even partially. We discovered that throwing ice chunks across the ice made a very interesting sound. A little weirdly Star Wars-ian, actually.

It didn’t snow the whole month of January. But we still bundled up in lots of layers. Icy puddles are very fun to crunch. We played Pooh Sticks from a bridge, discovered that Mallard ducks like apple chunks and searched for signs of spring. We found a few full-to-bursting buds of Indian Plum, so we know that spring will soon be here. We hope.


The Snack Spot was a nice bench overlooking the lake and near the fishing pier. Great location, good for sharing our booty. Not quite long enough, though!


Thanks Lake Padden.

See you soon!


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