The largest dam removal project in American history began in 2011 on the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula in Northwest Washington State. Since then two dams were removed, allowing the river to run free for the first time in over 100 years. The slides show what’s left of the Gline’s Canyon dam and Lake Mills that it backed up. Being freed, the river now runs naturally and you can see much of the debris that washed down from the lake when the dam was first breached. The later pictures show it in its more natural state. Several species of Wild Pacific Salmon have already found their way back up the river to their primordial spawning grounds.
This wooden bench sits at derby Pond in Whatcom Falls Park in Bellingham, Washington State. It is a depiction of Salmon in the Northwest Indian style.
Michelle W. has called for a study of scale this week. My entry was taken recently of Mt. Stuart, located in the Cascades Mountains of Washington State. At 9, 416 feet above sea level, its claim to fame is that it is the largest chunk of exposed granite in the contiguous US forty-eight states. Here it rises above the fog-filled Kittitas Valley of Eastern Washington with wind turbines shown in the middle ground left.
If you have ever watched a Great Blue Heron posed along a shore, unmoving and seemingly in a trance, you will have seen what looks like the serenity of a buddha. I have always enjoyed this photo of a GBH along the shore as it has to me, a Zen-like serenity to it.
Krista has challenged us with the color yellow. Here is one of the first emoticons – the Happy Face. This is at the entrance to someone’s driveway on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State. I believe this was originally a buoy used in marine construction as a warning not to approach the area.
Jen challenges us with a bit of twinkle to jazz up the darkness that descends on us in the northern climes this time of year. So, here is a photo with twinkle, The Lady Washington glistening on Bellingham Bay in the summer sun.
Lady Washington on Bellingham Bay
Cheri has challenged this week with descent. Waterfalls are a great example of the concept. His post addresses the challenge with a series of photos taken of Whatcom Creek as it runs through Whatcom Falls Park in Bellingham WA. It can also serve as a post for Ailsa’s Travel Theme Autumn as the leaves were turning.