Ebey Reserve Walk – January 23, 2017

Today’s walk took us across Ebey Reserve all the way down to Ebey’s Landing, a six mile round trip. It was a beautiful morning with more to see than I can report here. But, as always, I’ll share a few of the better photos.

First stop was to check out a new “Little Free Library” that just went up here in Coupeville. I really like the design of this particular one. I don’t know how many there are around here but there’s a bunch. I think my wee island town likes to read.

little-free-library

I got to the prairie during the “Golden Hour” and it didn’t disappoint. This is Willowood Farm about half way across the prairie basking in the morning sun. They grow wonderful vegetables that will be available at our Saturday Market this summer.

willowood-farm

I was not the only one out enjoying the morning. There were lots of birds chirping and flying about. I liked these two robins caught silhouetted against the blue sky sitting on white branches.

robins-in-the-sun

And finally the big reward for this mornings efforts. Driftwood is like clouds in that you can see different images in each one and each person sees them differently. This big piece of drift wood is on Ebey Landing beach with the big cliff on the south south side of Ebey Reserve in the background. Tell me what that log looks like to you!

ebey-landing-driftwood

I hope I didn’t wear you out this morning and you’ll come back for another nice walk tomorrow.

TIMING’S EVERYTHING – January 20, 2017

The weather has finally broke and the storms have subsided. Fifty mile per hour winds and heavy rains are not very conducive to morning walks and especially taking photos. But this morning it was 43 degrees F, no wind and no rain!

One of the problems with walking and trying to get good landscape photos is timing. This morning I could tell that there was going to be a good sunrise.

I headed out the door and beat feet for Ebey Prairie for a photo I’ve been wanting to take. On the way I saw the sunrise happening but I hadn’t reached my target yet. While it’s a pretty sunrise there seems to always  be things in the way.

Here you see the sunrise with all the power poles and power lines in the way.

sunrise-with-power-poles

When I finally reached the spot I’d hoped for the sunrise photo it had fizzled. You’ll just have to superimpose an image if the first photo over this one. I think it would have been great!

barn-and-sunrise

Oh well maybe next time.

Thanks for joining me this morning and now onward to the weekend!

GOOD MLK DAY TO YOU – January 16, 2017

Today we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King. Here in Coupeville the Lions Club is out installing American flags along the main streets to celebrate. By the time they are done there will be around 100 of them.

This guy was grousing as he was trying to put the flag in the hole but not because he had to do it. He was grousing because the little holes that are permanently along the street had frozen water in them making the job much more difficult.

Thanks to the Coupeville Lions Club for all they do to make our little town a better place to live!

mlk-day-flag

Out with the old, in with the new. It looks like they’ve improved the Coupeville high school, Wolves baseball park. They’ve built a new storage shed for all their equipment and it appears as though they are replacing the bleachers as well.

wolves-new-storage

When I was walking over the highway on the overpass walkway I spotted Mt. Rainier way off in the distance. It’s 102 miles away, as the crow flies, but I zoomed in as far as I could and this is what I got. Not great, not terrible but kind of pretty. You’ll notice that the mountain is “wearing a cap”. That’s a saying we have around there that describes the cloud cover over the very top of the mountain. It means that rain is on the way. There you learn something every day!

mt-rainier-sunrise

I have photographed several white deer over the years but they are very rare and seldom seen. This morning, for the first time, I spotted this young white deer. I’ve never seen one this young before. Who knows we may have a herd someday.

young-white-deer

And that’s a wrap. It was good to get out and walk with all of you again and look forward to it again soon although the rain in the forecast might slow that down.

Have a great week ahead 🙂

 

ONE RED APPLE – January 10, 2017

ONE RED APPLE – January 10, 2017

The radar map this morning was showing possible rain or even snow but I bundled up and weather it. To my surprise the clouds parted and the sun came out. It ended up being a beautiful walk and I hope you enjoy it.

I have been trying to get a photo of this apple tree that’s still loaded with apples. This morning I finally found an angle that worked and to my surprise I spotted “One Red Apple”. It’s not a great photograph but I thought it was kind of cool.

one-red-apple

Along the way I spotted a small herd of deer roaming the neighborhood. We have several small herds like this around town.

herd-of-deer

If you had a big ol’ power meter planted in your front yard how would you disguise it? I’m not sure how successful this effort was but I found it interesting just the same.

power-meter

And just to prove to you that it was a stellar morning here’s that big pile of snow called Mt. Baker just beyond Penn Cove to the northeast.

mt-baker-snow

Thanks for walking with me I enjoyed your company. I look forward to seeing you again tomorrow.

ODDITIES – January 9, 2017

ODDITIES – January 9, 2017

This morning’s walk didn’t yield much in the way of great photos but I did find a couple of interesting things.

This cauldron caught my eye. The movie “Practical Magic” was filmed in Coupeville and I wonder if this is some left over influence. Or maybe they are prepping for the big one!

witches-pot

Being a small island town you can find some rather eclectic or artful things around town. This birdhouse is a good example. I’m not sure if it will have any residents this year but it’s definitely different. There’s a lot of stuff to look at in the background as well.

birdhouse-tall

And that starts a new week. Thanks for walking with me and I hope to see you again tomorrow.

“HERE COMES THE SUN” – January 6,2017

“HERE COMES THE SUN” – January 6,2017

It’s amazing what eight degrees warmer will do for getting my butt out the door and walking. This morning it was 30 degrees F so I hit the bricks.

I got out a little before sunrise so I headed for Ebey Prairie in hopes of catching a nice sunrise and it did not disappoint. “Here Comes The Sun”!

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I have taken a number of photos of this old garage/shed and every time it looked worse and worse. This morning was pretty much the end of the line. It still makes for a nice photo but not much of a shelter.

falling-down-shed

On the way back home St. Mary’s Catholic Church caught my eye. Here’s a little history on this beautiful old church.

In January, 1889, a committee was appointed to solicit money ($1000) to build a church, and in June of 1889 they began building.

The church was officially dedicated as the “First Congregational Church of Coupeville” on January 26, 1890.

In the year 1890, there arrived in Coupeville a bell from the McShane Bell Foundry of Baltimore, Maryland. It weighed 800 pounds, was made of “bell metal” – i.e. 80% copper, and 20% tin, and cost $205.00. It was a gift to the church and was inscribed as follows: “O Come, Let Us Worship” Presented to the First Congregational Church, Coupeville by T.W. Calhoun & E.J. Hancock 1890.

In June of 1934 the Congregational Community sold the church and dormitory to the Catholic Church for $1500. The new Catholic Church was named St. Mary’s, and her pastor was Fr. John E. O’Brien.

st-mary

I hope you have a great weekend and will come walk with me again next week!

TOO COLD! – January 5, 2017

TOO COLD! – January 5, 2017

I’m sorry folks but no walking around Coupeville today, it’s just too darn cold. It’s currently 22 degrees F and dropping. You can call me a “wimp”, “woos” or anything you like but I prefer to be called “Warm” in my nice little island home.

I did stick my nose out and took the rather frosty looking photo of my neighborhood from my front porch with Penn Cove in the distance.

winter-morning

Just for fun I though I’d share a couple of photos I took during my hiatus this fall. This young buck was just coming into his antlers. He’s going to be magnificent!

buck-deer

This sunrise was spectacular and almost looked to be on fire.

sunrise

I hope you have a nice day and with any luck, and warming, we’ll go walking tomorrow.