DARK WHARF – February 2, 2016

Hi fellow walkers and welcome to my first blog of February 2016. What I need to know is where the heck did January go?

The daylight hours are getting noticeably longer but when the clouds are overhead all bets are off.

Today was one of those days. I left the house a little early and there were lots of clouds but I was hopeful the they’d break up and provide some beautiful morning sun but that didn’t happen. Instead I took a couple of dark photos of the Coupeville Wharf. While they aren’t great I did find them interesting.

This one was taken as I was approaching the wharf. What looks like blue sky is just lighter clouds behind the dark ones.

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When I was up on the bluff, west of the wharf, I spotted Mt. Baker peaking through the clouds across Penn Cove with the wharf in the foreground. It’s dark but I like it!

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Hopefully we’ll get in lots of walks this month but it’s still winter in the Seattle area and that always means “Rain”! Have a great month ahead.

KISSED BY THE SUN – January 25, 2016

This morning turned out great and I hope you enjoy the walk.

Being a “walking” photographer it can be hard to time things with the sun and the weather. There are just so many variables that change so quickly.

Some days it looks promising and like last Friday which was a wash out. Other days start to develop but by the time I get to a good spot it has fizzled.

This morning it looked a little iffy with lots of clouds around but as I got closer to the prairie I could see that sun was just kissing the tops of the Olympic Mountain Range. I kept walking faster and faster to try and find the best photo spots. I was almost running the last mile. But it was all worth it.

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Instead of it fading fast it just kept getting better and better. This was taken above Ebey’s Landing overlooking Admiralty Inlet with the Port Townsend Lighthouse just below the Olympics.

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There is a historical marker just above Ebey’s Landing, where I took the above photo, that tells of the location where Colnel Isaac N. Ebey was not just “killed by Indians” but beheaded. I don’t remember the whole story but it was a revenge killing for the killing of a chief’s son. Ebey did not kill the chief’s son but was in a position of power so they chose him to get even.

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On my way back I spotted my friends Al-the-Walker and Deborah walking the high ridge along Ebey Reserve. I’m sure they were getting a spectacular view from up there.

Here’s how far away they were and then the closest I could get with my telephoto.

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And that starts the last week of January 2016, hard to believe. Thanks for walking with me I always enjoy the company.

WASH OUT – January 22, 2016

I got in a nice “half” walk this morning. It was a balmy 52 degrees F but very cloudy when I left home. I had checked radar and we had our “Weather Hole” that’s caused by the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains.

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I got half way across Ebey Prairie heading for Ebey’s Landing and heard a wild ruckus. It was a huge flock of ducks flying around and landing on a pond in a field. I grabbed my camera and managed to get a photo of it. It’s not great because it was still fairly dark out but you get the idea.

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Shortly after that the skies opened up and I turned around and headed for home. Sadly I had not taken my rain gear so by the time I got home I was soaked to the bone.

About a half mile from home the rain stopped and by the time I got home the sun was out, crazy weather.

Along the way I saw this cormorant  sitting on a mooring buoy looking like he owns the whole ocean.

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As I starting to dry out I spotted this gorgeous rainbow over my wee village. This place truly is a pot of gold!

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With that we out of the way we can get on with the weekend. I hope you have a wonderful one and will walk again with me next week.

CAPTAIN JOSEPH CLAPP HOUSE – January 20, 2015

Yet another dark morning so I though I’d share another historic home only this one needs help.

We have many, well cared for, historic homes around Coupeville that were built in the middle to late 1800’s. Most of the are in great shape but sadly some are having problems that if not addresses could lead to major repair or loss.

One such home is the Captain Joseph Clapp house, built in 1886. It’s one of my favorite Victorian, Queen Anne-style, homes.

Captain Clapp was a sea captain, as were many of the people who settled in Coupeville. He died in 1940 at the age of 97. He was the last of the original sea captains  who settled here.

I can see myself sitting on the top floor in a nice office on the right with a great view.

The red arrow in the photo points to what appears to be an open hole in the roof. The rest of the roof doesn’t look all that good either. I sure hope the owner can figure out a way go get this wonderful home fixed.

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While our walk today was long, photo-wise it was not very productive. Hopefully I’ll have more for you after the current storms pass through.

SHERMAN’S FARM SUNRISE – January 19, 2016

This morning was another dark, cloudy morning but it looked like it had some possibility to turn into a spectacular sunrise. I rushed out the door and beat feet for Ebey Prairie. My plan was to get to the west ridge of the prairie for the sunrise.

Well I got there in time but the sunrise didn’t get the memo! What I ended up with was a shot across the prairie, Sherman’s Farm and the Cascade Mountains in the background.

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Walking on around to the other side of the farm I thought this photo of one of the barns with what look like hay rakes on the roof was pretty good.

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Earlier in my walk Front Street caught my eye. Even though Christmas is over and all the hoopla of New Years is gone the town is still lit up like a party.

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I keep hoping for more light but will take what I can get. Have a wonderful day and as always; “Thanks for walking with me!”

VICTORIAN TIMES – January 18, 2016

When I left the house this morning it was threatening to get me wet but an hour and a half later, when I got home, I was still dry :-)

The lighting was not very good for much of anything photographic but I do like this photo of the Todd/Parker House built in 1886. Built by the Lovejoy’s known as Coupeville’s most prominent family. Howard Lovejoy had a local lumber mill and built many of the beautiful homes around Coupeville.

The house to the right is the James Zylstra House built in 1889. It was also built by the Howard Lovejoy.

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Another photo I like from this mornings walk is the old Coupeville Courier Printing Office built in 1905. It’s an old farm building that was used as the printing office for the local newspaper in the 1950’s. It’s main use today is for storage although it was once a cow barn.

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Out on the wharf I spotted this group of Barrows Goldeneye ducks. They were scrambling to get away from me even thought I was about eight feet above the water.

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With that I start the week. I hope you have a good week ahead and we can get out for another walk between the rain drops.

WET BLANKET- January 11, 2016

What a way to start the week. When I first got up the stars were shinning bright but by the time I got ready and walked out the door the clouds had rolled in overhead.

I walked a little over a half mile and it started to rain, damn! It was like a “wet blanket” was thrown over me, hence the title of this post.

Here’s the “wet blanket” as it progressed eastward toward the mainland and Mt. Baker.

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I turned around and beat feet for home. It wasn’t much of a walk but I wasn’t prepared for rain and I really hate getting my camera wet.

So thanks for sprinting along on my short walk today and I guess we’ll see what tomorrow brings. No matter what, have a great week!