Independence Day in two small NW towns

Independence Day in two rugged Northwest B-towns

My first 10 years of life took place in and around Bothell Washington. I’m back not running a photography and video production business with services tailored to families and small business. In my spare time I enjoy photographing the people and places of the Pacific Northwest and working on feature films. I went to High School and College in Bellingham Washington. Another small town just 65 miles North of Bothell. On the 4th of July this year I decided to sample and photograph a little bit of the distinctive imagery of these two Northwest cities and record a little bit of how they celebrate the 4th. I think you will agree that natural beauty and the joyful spirit of our people are two reasons why people chose to settle here.

 


Bothell 4th of July Parade 2012 – Images by Michael Kleven

Bellingham is known for it’s serenity, tranquility, sunsets and natural beauty. It also hosts an annual fireworks display in the towns harbor area. This year we were fortunate to experience our first sunny day after a very wet, cold and rainy June on Independence Day. The sunset that day was particularly stunning, perhaps fueled by the wildfires of Siberia bringing a rare light to our skies via the jet stream. I graduated from Bellingham High School in 1982 and Western Washington University in 1988. I always enjoy my trips home to this small city on the shores of the Salish Sea.

 


Bellingham Bay on the 4th of July – Images by Michael Kleven

July 4th Fireworks from Log Boom Park

I am living now in my new/old home town region Bothell/Kenmore. This is where I was brought home from the hospital after my birth and where I started elementary school. I finished elementary school in Bellingham. Later I graduated from Whatcom Middle School, Bellingham High and WWU/Fairhaven College. As an adult I have also lived in Seattle, Lakewood, Bremerton & Auburn. Now the long and winding road has taken me home to the Bothell/Kenmore area. Here as a kid me and my friends would hike up Swamp Creek, sell apples to earn money for the Canyon Creek Trout Farm and some adventures I just can’t mention here. Last night with my brother Tyler from Colorado and my niece Carmie from Alaska I enjoyed the fireworks at Logboom Park in Bothell. I brought my HD camera along and recorded some raw HD video. So for a patriotic flashback to July 4th 2011 please enjoy!