PASTEL MORNING

Another beautiful morning for a very chilly walk. While I know 30 degrees F isn’t all that chilly to a lot of you suffering from the current cold blast from the north, 30 is chilly here on the island!

I bundled up and decided to take you on a walk down to the Coupeville Wharf. Some of these photos are sort of a repeat of yesterday but I just couldn’t help myself what with the wonderful pastel sky.

The first sighting though was the old fuel dock ramp heading out of Penn Cove. All the work is done and we now have a shinny new dock and ramp.

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Looking west to the wharf the sky displayed a beautiful gradient of pastel colors.

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Out on the wharf Mt. Baker took the spotlight. I like both of these photos.

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On the way back home I couldn’t resist sharing just one more photo of Mt. Baker, it’s such a spectacular mountain with the beautiful white snow covering.

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Enjoy your Hump Day, it’s all downhill from here.

NEW FUEL DOCK

This morning I walked to the wharf to see how the new fuel dock was coming along and by golly they have it in place. Just a few things to finish up and it will be open for business again.

Just in case you forgot from a previous blog, here is the old ramp and dock.

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This is the old ramp on the way out.

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And here is the wonderful new fuel dock and ramp.

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What a wonderful improvement!

As you can see in the background it was another sparkler of a morning. It was a chilly 40 degrees F and the wind was blowing but that didn’t stop me from capturing a few more photos before returning home to warm up.

This is a panorama of Mt. Baker looking across Penn Cove.

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If you click on the picture it will open up to full size.

The cliffs to the north of Coupeville, across Penn Cove, were beautifully lit by the rising sun.

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That should hold you until the next time we walk. Thanks for joining me and see you again soon.

IN-SPIRE-D

Happy Monday, hope you  are having a great day to start the week, I know I am. It started with a really nice walk in the sunshine with big puffy clouds hanging around, perfect for what I do!

I start with a play on words as the moon was beside the spire on St. Mary’s Catholic Church. It “in-spire-d” me to take a photo :-)

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On my way to Ebey Prairie I spotted Mt. Rainier, a 104 miles away as the crow flies, and captured the moment. You don’t see Mt. Rainier very often from Coupeville this time of year.

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Out on the prairie I just had to take another photo of this barn. I’ve taken an number of different photos of it but this mornings sun lit it just perfectly along with the clouds in the background.

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And finally this panorama of the prairie with more dramatic clouds. This is looking toward Port Townsend and the Olympic Mountains.

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With that I return you to your regularly scheduled program. As always, thanks for walking with me, I hope to see you again tomorrow!

MOON OVER COUPEVILLE

First I want to apologize for being absent most of the week but the weather has really been crappy and we had some appointments on the mainland that interfered with our walks. But this morning was a real sparkler with the full moon setting in the west.

First up, before we get to the moon, is this nice waterfront photo of Coupeville from the wharf with the sunrise starting to happen to the east.

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Out on the wharf this seagull was just begging me to take his photo so I obliged.

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This moon shot is through the old walnut tree that was planted by Capt. Thomas Coupe, Coupevilles namesake’s wife, back around 1860.

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The moon was over the wharf and reflecting onto Penn Cove. I had hoped to get a photo with the moon closer to the horizon but the further down it went the fainter it became and was not to be.

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But wait, what’s this?

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OK, all together now, “Photoshop”! Yep I just couldn’t resist, I have the tools, I have the knowledge and I had the photos to work with. The only thing I didn’t do was put the reflection on the water. That process takes a lot of time and I’ve got better things to do.

Hopefully we’ll have a better week of walking next week and I hope you’ll all come along. In the meantime have a great weekend!!!

OUT WITH THE OLD…

Happy Monday! It was a threatening, dark morning out there but I walked just the same. As always I’m glad I did and found some things of interest.

First was a visit with Mitzy and her owner Karen. What caught my attention was Mitzy’s “headlight”. It’s a light on her collar that makes her more visible on these dark mornings. Say hi to Mitzy!

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Out on the Coupeville Wharf the workers were hard at it installing a new boat ramp and dock on the fuel dock. I was hoping it was for the visitor dock but not to be, at least not this time.

The old ramp to the fuel dock is in pretty bad shape as evidenced by this photo.

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This is all the equipment that will be used to install the new boat ramp you see on the right. I was really surprised to see a crane down on the dock this morning but the closer I got I could see it was on a barge.

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I really liked the small tug that was used to position the barge.

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So that starts off our week. I’m glad you were able to walk with me today. The rest of the week could be iffy as there is lots of rain in the forecast.

FIRE IN THE SKY

Welcome to the last week of October, hard to believe that the month is already gone, my my how they do fly.

I’ve been leaving later and later each morning because the sun is not coming up until almost 8:00am. This morning I looked out the window at 7:35 and saw some pink in the clouds to the east. I wondered to myself if it would turn into anything. A few minutes later it started to ignite. I scrambled to get on my walking shoes and coat, grabbed my camera and out the door. By that time it was at its peak so I quickly snapped a shot from my driveway. This should give you an idea of what it looked like.

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I walked as fast as I could to get down to the cove before it all went away. By the time I got there, one and a half blocks away, it was pink. I managed to get two more photos before it was gone. This is Mt. Baker with a little hint of the bright morning sun near the right side of the peek.

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Down on the cove is one of my favorite houses. I call it “Popeye’s House” because it looks like place he might have lived. It was really pretty with the pink water in the foreground.

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I did manage to fine one more scarecrow that’s presented by Toby’s Tavern. The reference to is to them movie “Practical Magic” which was filmed in Coupeville back in 1998.

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I stopped to check our my “still life” again this morning and the flowers were gone but the pumpkin and apples still made for a nice photo.

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Have a great week and with any luck we’ll walk again tomorrow.

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.