MOVIE TIME

It was really cloudy and gray for my walk this morning so I didn’t find many photo-ops but I did want to share a couple of photos I took earlier.

Saturday my wife spotted this “Rainbow Spiderweb” and wondered if I could take a picture of it. “Of course I can”!

It didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped but at least it gives you a good idea as to the beauty she saw.

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Last night the full moon was beckoning to have its picture taken so I obliged.

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This morning I walked around Pennington Loop which is very residential and wooded. That combination does not generally make for great photos but this group of plants caught my eye. I don’t know what they are and I like the old split rail fence running along behind.

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And now for the “Movie”. This past weekend my friend Bill Schaub visited our wee island town coming all the way from Dublin! Dublin, California that is ;-)

He has really gotten into quad-copters and has a very nice DJI model with a GoPro camera mounted on a gimbal. I took him around Coupeville and Fort Casey to capture some of the area. After we were done shooting I edited it down into this video. I hope you enjoy the little tour of Central Whidbey Island. Just click on the photo below.

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Have a great week ahead and don’t work too hard :-)

WATER VIEWS

Happy Friday! I hope you had a good week and are ready for the weekend. Of course being retired the days just sort of all run together :-)

This morning I had my camera pointed toward Penn Cove and all the beauty that surrounds it. I hope you enjoy the photos from my little walk.

This is looking northeast toward the Cascade Mountains. You can see that it’s a beautiful day coming on.

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Looking  a little further north is this high-bluff basking in the morning sunshine. Oak Harbor is just beyond.

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I couldn’t resist taking a photo of this beautiful old yacht. It’s called the “North Star” and I believe it’s a 1952 Setphens yacht. I’m not sure about the length but it sure is sweet!

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To wrap up the week I needed just one more photo of my friend the resident Heron. The water was flat, the lighting was great and he was posing pretty.

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Have a great weekend and I hope you come walk with me some more next week.

LAND OF PLENTY

I had another nice walk this morning but before I get started I’d like to share a rainbow photo I took during yesterday’s storm. We had a real “gully washer” come through dumping half an inch of rain in just fifteen minutes, very unusual for our little island. We had what I call “Angry Skies”!

The rainbow never brightened up like I had hoped but what caught my eye was how “flat” it was. Most rainbows we see have a huge arch up in the sky, this one didn’t.

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But this morning the storm was all gone and I had a wonderful walk on a stellar morning.

Being a small seaside village we attract many artists and there is art to be found everywhere. Of course what one person calls art may get an entirely different comment from someone else. This “Art” caught my eye as possibly falling into the “something different” category.

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Walking out on the Coupeville Wharf the suns rays, peeking under the old “Livery” building, caught my eye. The Livery was erected in 1897 to capitalize on the Klondike gold rush. Charles Terry had a large orchard and hired local women to dry prunes for shipment to Alaskan miners. Potatoes and onions were also processed. In 1908, Carl and Laurin Gillespie, sons of the butcher next door, opened a livery stable, renting out horses and later cars. There’s  a second-floor opening to the hayloft. In the 1950’s it became Lindsay’s Marina. Today the Vail Wine Shop fills the front of the building selling fine island wines and offers wine tasting as well as a light lunch menu.

This historic information comes from the Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve pamphlet “Self-Guided Walking Tour of Historic Coupeville”.

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And now the “Land of Plenty”! Penn Cove is famous the world over for the finest mussels in the world. When the tide is out the mussel beds are exposed and the local birds just love them. Below are two photos, one of a Seagull and the other of a Starling munching down a wonderful breakfast of Penn Cove Mussels, yum!

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If you are a working person, have a great “Hump Day”, if your’re retired like me, enjoy whatever day you want it to be :-)

AROUND THE HOUSE

I didn’t walk this morning but I did want to share a few photos I took around the house.

First off “Oh NO!” Please don’t tell me the Canada Geese are heading south already! Does this mean it’s going to be a long cold winter? This is the third flock that’s flown over our house using the same flight path.

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Here on the island it’s fairly easy to grow Cherry tomatoes or Sweet 1,000’s but when it comes to Early Girls it takes all summer to hopefully get a couple. Here are our efforts so far this year. Remember it is September and they only have a few more weeks more to ripen. I’m sure we’ll get two but…

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And I just like this photo of Marilyn’s Marigolds.

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Still learning how to use my new camera but so far I really like it, I hope you do to!

LABOR DAY 2014

Happy Labor Day everyone, I hope you are enjoying a nice holiday, I sure am.

I walked a little further this morning and it yielded some more nice photos, I hope you enjoy them.

The first thing I spotted was this “Practice Fence”. The person that lives here is a wood turner and while he was learning he turned many bowls. He hung his early efforts on the fence and I really like the way they look.

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While I often walk Main Street it never dawned on my as to how pretty the old building are lining the street all in a row. This the the Methodist Church and the two Blue Goose Inn buildings.

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The tule fog is starting to come onto the prairie and it always makes for some nice photos. It looks like the hay is all loaded in the barn for the winter ahead.

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I finally got our resident “White Deer” to pose for a photo. His horns are really starting to grow.

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I love this old Dodge truck that is often parked in front of the museum advertising Local Grown, a wonderful little coffee and pastry shop out on the end of the Coupeville Wharf. Not only do they have coffee and pastry but many items from local growers and artisans. If you’re ever out there say hi to William, the owner.

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Have a great holiday and short week ahead!

THIS AND THAT

Another short walk this morning I managed to find, what I feel are, some more nice photos, your impression may vary.

I couldn’t come up with a theme today because nothing similar jumped out at me. Instead I just took some random photos of things I like.

It was much different this morning as the clouds have rolled in for the Labor Day Weekend. Even with dim lighting I just couldn’t pass up yet another photo of the Coupeville Wharf.

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On my way to the wharf I saw an old rusty tricycle I hadn’t noticed before. I love rusty old yard art.

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I was trying to figure out what this Seagull was saying to the King Fisher. Perhaps he was telling him where the best fish are.

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My neighbor John, just down the street, has all kinds of interesting things in his yard. This old saddle caught my eye. I felt it had an interesting, complementary, background as well.

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That wraps up my offerings for this week. Have a wonderful holiday and I’ll see you in September!

BEAUTIFUL SUNRISE

Once again I was treated to a wonderful sunrise with lots of clouds to enhance the suns beauty. I only walked a mile and half but once again found some nice things to photograph. I’m really starting to get used to my new birthday present (Panasonic DMC – Lumix – FZ1000) and I like it :-)

The first thing I noticed was this tunnel through these bushes with a path leading to a gate. It has nothing to do with the sunrise but…

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This weather-vane with the sunrise behind it was just begging to be photographed.

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Out on the Coupeville Wharf I saw this old wooden yacht tied to the dock along with a lot of other boats. It’s still boating season in Coupeville.

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Once again my old friend the Heron was posing on this log with the morning sun dancing on the water.

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That’s all the photos that I felt were worthy of posting but I think they are quite nice even if I do say so myself ;-) Thanks for walking and gawking with me!