Whatcom County is nestled up against the Canadian border in the northwest corner of Washington state. It’s a great place to live, with a diverse selection of outdoor recreational activities, pristine (and also commercial) forests, dense winter snowpack in the mountains, and productive agricultural land. Like many areas, Whatcom County is subject to the pressures of growth. The Whatcom Land Trust is one organization that is working hard to protect the local environment, both agricultural and natural. In 1997 WLT published Whatcom Places as a fundraiser. I contributed 18 photographs to the book. Many other individuals also contributed to this volume because we truly care about the place we call home. More recently a second volume, Whatcom Places II, was published.
"Whatcom Places honors beauty of landscape, fertility of soil, and the mystery of nature as seen by more than a dozen outstanding photographers; we hope they inspire a sense of belonging and respect for the land. The book acknowledges a few of the many caring people who have acted out of a generosity of spirit toward the future. And, finally, it seeks to capture a feeling for place — ‘if you don’t know where you are, you don’t know who you are’–and to convey the essence of patriotism, the love of one’s homeland." — Whatcom Places introduction