Friday, July 16, 2010

Lummi Peak from the Flats

The Skagit Flats is a broad flat plain south, west and north of Mount Vernon, Washington. To the northwest of Mount Vernon the Skagit Flats blends into the Samish Flats. The Samish River is a small river that meanders across the flast and drains into Puget Sound. The flatness of the farm land in this area is a result of alluvial deposits primarily from the Skagit River with a big influx a couple of thousand years ago of volcanic mud from Glacier Peak.

One of my favorite views on the Skagit/Samish Flats is the abrupt sharp rise of Lummi Peak to the northwest. Lummi Peak is the summit of Lummi Island and rises to 1,685 feet. With a double summit and its steep sides it resmbles a volcanoe from the Flats. However, its lack of symetry gives it away. The picture below was taken in Edison behind the Long Horn Salloon and the Smith and Vallee Gallery.

Lummi Peak above Samish River

I said a hello to Todd Horton painting in front of the Smith and Vallee Gallery (web here). I love his paintings of animals in motion and he has been doing landscapes of the flats as well including as I found out while posting this blog a painting of Lummi Peak from the Samish Flats HERE. I drive through Edison frequently. The small farm/fishing village has survived and in the past few years has moved from being a semi ghost town to a significant tourist stop for people driving the flats or heading up to Chuckanut Drive.

Todd Horton at work in front of The Smith and Vallee Gallery, Edison

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