ELUSIVE AURORA – March 18, 2015

I did not see one person walking this morning when I left the house at 3:00am in search of the elusive aurora borealis. According to the astronomical prognosticators there was supposed to be a stellar show of Northern Lights between 2:30 and 4:00 this morning. I got up at 2:30, looked out the window and saw stars, that was enough to get me up and going.

I walked to the high bank above Penn Cove, near the Coupeville Wharf, and set up my tripod and camera. Then I waited. While I waited I decided to take a few shots to see what the night had to offer. While I never did see a strong sheet of colored lights as you’d expect I did get some nice coloring in the sky.

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Since there wasn’t much happening on the horizon I focused on the wharf which looked quite nice in the darkness of morning.

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Swinging my camera a little farther east I captured Front Street which was not even close to waking up.

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Well that was fun, don’t you agree?

As long as I have lots of time on my hands this morning I thought I’d share a few photos from our outing yesterday. We went to Greenbank, here on Whidbey Island, for some business and decided to have lunch at the old Greenbank Store. It’s a really great store and deli that was built in 1904.

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They have a sign on the side of the building that really makes me laugh. I wonder what parts of “Man” and what “Beast’s” they serve?

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On the way home the Navy EA-18’s were flying off of the Outlying Field. This was the last plane flying as they were all returning to the main base in Oak Harbor. They are not great photos but interesting just the same.

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With that I’ll turn you lose to enjoy your day. And what day is it…?

MORNING MOON – March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Sadly I didn’t get much green for all my Irish friends but I did get a couple of photos for you. They’re not great but felt I had to post something.

The moon was just a sliver in the morning light and had a nice contrast against the pine tree.

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I usually try really hard to keep power, cable and telephone lines out of my photos. Sometimes I even Photoshop them out but not today. I call this one “Converging Lines”. I’m not sure why but I found it kind of interesting. Your impression may vary.

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Have a great day and go find something green.

BLUE FRIDAY THE 13th – March 13, 2015

Since it’s Friday the 13th I only walked a couple of miles, I didn’t want to push my luck ;-)

Everything seemed really blue this morning so I took a “blue” photo. Just one photo seemed to be enough to capture the concept.

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I hope your Friday really isn’t blue and you have a great weekend. As always, thanks for walking with me this morning.

7:05am SUNRISE – March 10, 2015

Sorry for the short hiatus but I’ve been getting up in the mornings and working really hard on my 1960 Sunbeam, Series I, Alpine. I’ve pulled the entire steering system along with the crossmember off. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it.

With the Daylight Savings Time change I’m now thrown back into the dark. Combine that with a heavy cloud cover and it makes picture taking difficult.

I decided this morning that I would walk until the official sunrise at 7:05am and take a photo of it no matter what it looked like so here you go.

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Hopefully that will give you an idea of what I’m up against.

Back in Coupeville, above the Wharf, I spotted these tiny blue flowers which I think are a weed and thought they contrasted nicely with the red wharf building.

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Right at the beginning of the ramp to the wharf is a sign from last weekends MusselFest. I cleared out the holes so you can put your face in there like I did with the top one.

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One of Coupeville’s historic places got a new sign last week. It’s the “Col. Granville and Henrietta Haller house” built in 1866. It’s not open to the public yet but they are raising money to make it so everyone can enjoy it. I really am looking forward to that.

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Enjoy the rest of your week and thanks for walking with me this morning, I’ve really been missing our daily walks.

SPRING IS SPRINGING – March 2, 2015

Welcome to March! It is coming in like a lamb which is just fine with me. So get your shoes on and lets get going.

I just love when the signs of spring start to appear. This morning didn’t disappoint as I found a flowering tree and a flowering bush.

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This row of houses along the Ebey Prairie ridge were really popping in the morning sun with the dark menacing clouds behind. I did like the trace of pink reflecting the sunrise off the clouds.

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I tried a little different angle for a photograph of the Coupeville Wharf. I’m not completely pleased with it but I think it’s a good starting point. I’ll work on some better ones.

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And that starts a new week and a new month. I hope it’s all good for you!

FOGGY BARNS – February 24, 2015

This morning’s walk took me on a loop out to the Ebey Prairie and back through Coupeville. It was another beautiful morning but there was some tule fog on the prairie that made for a couple of nice photos.

This first one is of the Sherman’s Pioneer Farm barns with a layer of tule fog down low, or is that “On the down low?” ;-)

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Not far from there I captured this farmhouse with the Olympic Mountains standing tall.

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Back in Coupeville I thought I’d share a photo of “town”. The historic center of Coupeville is Front Street which is about two blocks long. This photo is looking up Front Street to the sunrise in the east.

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And that wrapped up our walk for today. I’m not sure what tomorrow will bring as sprinkles are coming back into the forecast. If I do get out for a walk please come join me, I always enjoy your company :-)

NEW LODGING – February 23, 2015

What a great way to start the week, a beautiful, crisp, clear, morning walk around my wee town of Coupeville. Get your shoes on and I’ll show you around.

First stop “Popeye’s House”. Not really but to me it looks like the kind of place Popeye would live. I just love the mist on the water and the contrasting sunrise on Mount Baker and the shadowed house in the foreground.

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Just as I walked into town I noticed the chef at Knead and Feed was preparing some yummy pastries soon to be baked and served to waiting customers. You can not imagine how wonderful the smell is of the fresh baking bread and cinnamon rolls drifting across the street along with the mornings fresh air. I do believe I’m in heaven!

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I thought I’d share a little of the weekend with you. We went to Oak Harbor for the Whidbey Playhouse performance of Monty Python’s “Spamalot”. It’s the first time we had been to the playhouse and what a nice little theater it is. The show was so funny I cried most of the way through it. We’ll definitely be going back.

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We also stopped by a grand opening, open house, here in Coupeville. It’s a new vacation rental called “Float On Inn”. It’s really lovely with a private entrance and a fantastic view of Mount Baker, Penn Cove and the Coupeville Wharf. Winter rates are $125 a night and summer rates are $150 with a minimum two night stay. It would be a very nice place to stay on your next visit to Coupeville. You can call for reservations at 425-691-7132.

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Have a great week ahead and well walk again soon.