Wednesday, May 29, 2013
The Beauty of Whatcom County
I have lived in a variety of places: born in Anchorage, grew up in Chicago and Iowa, law school in St. Louis, and then to Seattle. More recently I moved to Whatcom County. It is my favorite place to love.
Eastern Whatcom County has wonderful mountains around three sides: South, East, and North. One of those mountains is Mount Baker. It is majestic and beautiful. The native people of this area, the Lummis, call it Komo Kulshan. There is a wonderful story about Komo Kulshan, of love and envy: http://home.online.no/~arnfin/native/lore/leg268.htm
A long journey south of them stands their mother, Clear Sky.
You know her as Mount Rainier, (seen in the 'Paramount' pictures at the end of movies, in the cinema!)
There was a woman named Fair Maiden, who planted seeds and roots. The seeds she planted there grew and spread, and that's why the lower slopes bloom with flowers of every color. Often on a clear day or night, the mountain dresses in sparkling white and looks with longing at Komo Kulshan and the mountain children near him.
What I love most about Whatcom County is the abundance of green: trees, farms, blooming flowers and tall cedar. It always stirs my heart.