SNOW IN THEM THAR HILLS

I’m sorry to have been MIA the last few days but events and weather got in the way. But this morning I managed to get in a nice three and a half mile walk and you got to go with me!

First up, two photos of the Olympic Mountains with fresh snow on them. Mr friend “Al Thewalker” told me that there was no snow on them Wednesday when he walked around Ebey Prairie. I suppose it’s a sign of things to come.

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I thought I had found all the “scarecrows” around Coupeville but discovered one more. This 3D painting was in front of the Pacific Northwest Art School. It’s the “Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”.

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I discovered another juxtaposition with what appears to be a rose growing on a holly bush, hum?

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I’m not into “still life” photography but this setting by the Windjammer Gallery and Custom Framing really caught my attention. I’m really pleased with how it came out and hope you enjoy it as well.

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With that I’ll wrap up this week and move on to the weekend. I hope you have a great weekend as well and will come walk again with me next week.

ONE DOOR AND NOTHING MORE

I’ll let you in on a little secret. While I’m on my morning walks I try to think of a title for my blog based on a photo or series of photos I’ve taken. This morning it was pretty dark and there weren’t a lot of photo opportunities. This door caught my attention and thought I’d probably not find anything else of interest, hence “One Door and Nothing More”. I don’t know if I would trick-or-treat at this house, especially if it were dark out.

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But I did find a couple more interesting things to record.

A definite sign of changing seasons is when the mooring bouy’s are brought to the dock. These are mooring bouy’s for travelers who boat to Coupeville for a visit and like “swinging on a hook”, so to speak. The winter storms generally include lots of wind and while we still have boaters visit they generally tie to the dock.

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Finally another Haunting of Coupeville decoration. This one is at the old “Haller House“. If you’re interested in some good history of Coupeville and the Haller House check out the story HERE.

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I hope you have a grand week and come walk with me on the days it doesn’t rain. I don’t like walking in the rain and neither does my camera!

200 AND COUNTING

This morning makes my 200th blog. It’s hard to believe how many photos I’ve taken and how many I’ve shared. My poor hard drive is filling up :-) But most of all are all the wonderful people I’ve met and who have come and walked with me vicariously each morning. Thanks to each and everyone of you.

While walking is healthy for me and I love taking photos the biggest reward is the people with which I get to share it all. If you have friends that you think would enjoy walking with us and looking at all the neat things we see, please tell them about CoupevilleImpressions.com so they can join us.

I walked a couple of miles this morning but didn’t find much plus it was starting to spit and I really don’t like getting my new camera wet.

I did discover a new species of deer and I shall call him “White Nose/Flat Antlers”. This deer had an unusually white nose and it’s antlers are growing almost flat to his head, very strange.

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I also spotted a Seahawks 12th man flag flying in a most unusual place, on top of some power or cable lines.

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Now look really close at the shape of the wires and do you notice anything unusual? It’s the Seahawks logo!

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How is that for an unusual coincidence?

And a correction from earlier in the week. I posted a photo of what I called “Sharknado” but I was wrong. Here’s a better photo of “Orcaluna” the “Werewhale”! Thanks to Sean from Island Life clothing.

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I probably won’t walk and blog tomorrow as we are going to the mainland for a morning appointment. I’ll look for you to come walk with me next Monday. Have a great weekend!

AUTUMN FUCHSIA

I dodged yet another threatening morning with extremely heavy clouds and a storm on the way. It wasn’t a very long walk but I did find a few things to photograph along with another scarecrow.

At the entrance to the Coupeville Library I found “Ursula”, the main antagonist of Disney’s 1989 animated movie “The Little Mermaid”.

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The “Curlew” was docked at the Coupeville Wharf. It looks like it may have been a crabbing boat but my friend “Al Thewalker” and I believe it is now a cruising yacht.

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There are a number of beautiful “Burning Bushes” in town and this one with the dark leafed tree behind it made for some nice contrast.

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Along the same lines of a photo I took the other day of the white berries in the autumn colored bush I spotted another juxtaposition. It seems odd to see a fuchsia blooming this time of year and it was mixed in with some autumn colors as well.

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Like I often say to my retired friends, “Have a great Wednesday”, to everyone else “Happy Hump Day”!

KNOCKIN’ ON HEAVENS DOOR

It seems to be darker and cloudier every day this week. The good news is that it adds a certain effect to the scarecrows that are still popping up around town. They’re all part of The Haunting of Coupeville.

But before we get to the scarecrows I wanted to show you this Western Flicker (Red-Shafted Flicker) making a heck of a noise tapping on the steeple of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church of Coupeville. It was as if it were “Knockin’ on Heavens Door”.

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From there we turn to the newest scarecrows.

The New Beginnings Thriftique was exhibiting this really cool two headed wolf that apparently has eaten the wicked witch. It must be a good wolf!

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Whidbey Island Bank displayed “Gilda the Good Witch” reminding everyone to follow the Yellow Brick Road.

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Island Life Clothing found this “Sharknado” wandering around this old house.

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Coupeville Coffee and Bistro has a great display of what appears to be the Grim Reaper sneaking up on Sleeping Beauty.

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Ok, consider yourself “scared”, at least I think that’s what scarecrows are supposed to do.

While the weather prognosticator’s are not talking favorably about the weather for the rest of the week, with any luck we’ll get in another nice walk tomorrow. I look forward to you joining me.

MY FRIEND FRANK

It was kind of threatening morning, weather wise, but the rain held off and I had a nice little walk. On my way to the Coupeville Wharf I spotted these white berries on a red bush and I really liked the contrast.

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Out on the wharf my friend Frank, the heron, was posing on his favorite post. It’s really fun to see him most mornings. It’s kind of like he’s waiting for me to take his picture. That’s Mt. Baker in the background.

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Also this morning the seagulls were covering the wharf roof. Someday’s they are all over the place, like this morning, and other days they are just on the roof line, I don’t know why.

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The Haunting of Coupeville continues with two more scarecrows I spotted. This first one is in front of Christopher’s Restaurant and really creepy! Rather than a real scarecrow it’s like a campsite for a serial killer with the “Missing Person’s” poster in the background. There’s even a video camera with the red light going on and off, strange.

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The other one I spotted was on the porch of Lavender Wind. It has a really nice looking witch but not too scary.

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That starts off the week ahead. Thanks for walking with me and I hope you make it a good week!

LAST SATURDAY MARKET PARTY

Today was the last day for Coupeville’s Saturday Market and what a party it was. Unfortunately the weatherman did not cooperate and it poured. There was a brief moment of sunshine between rain squalls and wouldn’t you know that as soon as the relay races were over the sun came out for the rest of the day.

Here are a few photos of the day.

During the first sun break I caught this little girl being amazed by the size of the giant pumpkins. There were more to come but that’s all I caught.

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Next to the pumpkins I spotted the largest rutabaga I’d ever seen.

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I thought this shot of the Island Life booth summed up the hearty folks of Whidbey Island. I met Sean, who owns Island Life clothing for the first time and we had a nice chat. When you think of “Island Life” you don’t usually think of umbrellas at the same time.

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The main event was the relay races. Teams were fielded to perform five relay tasks. One person or two would complete a task and then carry the “gourd baton” to the next task. Unfortunately it began raining and blowing so hard we only stayed for two teams. Here are some photos of the race.

The “Egg Toss”. When the clock started the catcher suited up in a blue rain slicker and goggles. As soon as an egg is caught or three eggs are tossed the baton moves on.

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The “Radish Hunt” required finding twenty radishes in the hay bail and placing them in a bucket.

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Corn shucking required the contestants to shuck three ears of corn to the satisfaction of the judges before moving the baton forward.

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I didn’t get the “Rutabaga Toss” where rutabaga’s are tossed through the hoops you see in the back ground in the photo above.

Finally they had to place five squash into a wheelbarrow and run to the finish line.

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It’s unfortunate that it rained so hard on all these great contestants but as you can see, despite the weather, there was a pretty good crowd in attendance.

So that wraps up the Coupeville Saturday Market for another year. We sure will miss all the really fresh, locally grown, fabulous vegetables and fruit.