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!

GREAT BLUE HERON

It was another beautiful day for a walk. As I started out I just couldn’t seem to find anything to photograph, some days are like that. But as fate would have it I ended up taking 108 pictures that I sorted down to seven for you to enjoy.

Like I said, it was beautiful as evidenced by this silhouette of the Coupeville Wharf in the morning sunshine. I really tried not to take a photo of the wharf but just couldn’t resist.

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For only the second time I spotted the rare “White Deer”. Unfortunately it didn’t cooperate much for a photo but here he is.

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There is a beautiful house on the cliff, right at the edge of the Town Park, that was built around 1896. I believe it’s actually two smaller houses that were joined together. It was recently remodeled and it’s now a cottage for rent. It’s called the Coupeville Cliff House and should be a very nice place to stay. This is the front of the house.

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It has a fantastic view of Penn Cove and Mt. Baker. This is the Cliff House taken from the wharf hidden in the woods.

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If you look closely at the first picture of the wharf you’ll see a small spot on the railing just a little to the right of center. It’s a Great Blue Heron and I had a lot of fun with it. Here it is a I approached from Front Street.

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Shortly after that photo it flew down to the boat dock you see in the background. I followed it down there and tried to make it fly. I wanted to try the “burst” on my new camera. It is capable of taking 12 frames a second! I’m still learning how to use it to get the best photos but I think these two are a pretty good start.

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I hope you enjoyed that walk as much as I did, I really enjoy having all of you walk along with me 🙂

AND NOW SOMETHING DIFFERENT

I thought rather than a walk around Coupeville this morning I’d share with you what I did yesterday!

I play drums in the big swing band, “The Tempos”. The group that has been around since the mid 1950’s. I’ve only been with them for the past 42 years, how’s that for a commitment? We performed for the nice folks that visited the Hiram Chittenden Locks in Ballard, WA. It’s a wonderful venue and we had a great, appreciative, audience. It’s fun to watch the hundreds of people that stop and listen to a song or two while walking to and from the locks. They come from all over the world as the locks are a huge tourist site.

Here are some photos of the band, I hope you enjoy looking at them and sharing the day with me.

This is a panorama my sister took.

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Here’s a little closer shot of the group.

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This is our singer Diane.

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The Trombone section.

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Trumpets.

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Saxes.

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Ron on bass and me on drums.

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It was a beautiful day and we had a great time. This was the eighteenth year we’ve played for these fine folks and we plan to do it again next year.

Have a great week ahead and I’ll see you again soon.

BENCH AND FLOWER

Once again I didn’t get out for a walk but I did want to share some more photos from our outing around Central Whidbey yesterday. This time I’m focusing on my new camera and seeing what it will do. Some of these have been “enhanced” with Photoshop but nothing too radical.

For some reason I focused on benches and flowers. I hope you enjoy them.

We stopped at the Hummingbird Farm to checked out their gift shop and gardens. While there aren’t any hummingbirds this time of year I did like this blue bench and pink roses.

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I found this beautiful pink rose in their gardens as well.

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At the Spinnaker B&B this white bench and red rose caught my eye.

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Lavender Wind Farm had a nice bench hidden in the trees as well. I really had to look for it but I think the photo made it worth the hunt.

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And finally, I’m not sure where I took this flower but I just really like the way the photo turned out.

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I think I’m really going to like my new camera, once I get to know it better. I hope you enjoyed my photos and will come back for more!

TOUR GUIDE

I did not walk this morning but yesterday we took my sister Diane, from Spokane, on a little tour of the surrounding area. These are the photos from that tour.

The day started with breakfast at the Spinnaker B&B where Diane was staying. This was the view of Coupeville from their front yard looking across Penn Cove. The photo is a panorama so if you click on the picture you’ll be able to see it better.

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Our first stop was Three Sisters Market where they sell only local produce, jam and jellies, gift item and much more including their own beef from their island farm. These strawberries really looked good.

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Next stop the Pottery Gallery. They sell all kinds of art along with beautiful pottery. Since we like to go camping I thought this camper was pretty neat.

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From there we went to the Lavender Wind Farm. The lavender fields were pretty spent for the year but they were distilling lavender into “Lavender Oil”. Man-o-man did it smell good around there!

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Oh “JOY”! I spotted this driftwood sign out in one of their lavender fields.

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After lunch we stopped by Ishler Pottery in Oak Harbor and checked out his wares. One of the interesting things he does is make ceramic trophies for car winners at the Harold LeMay auto museum in Tacoma. Here are some waiting in the wings.

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We wrapped up the day with dinner at the Keystone Cafe near the Coupeville Ferry Landing. We were blown away with a surprise visit from my daughter Jenni and the “Fam”. A good time was had by all 🙂

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Thanks for touring the area with me. I’ll share some more “Artsy” type photos I took with my new camera tomorrow.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

Well the secret is out so why not perpetuate it? Today I turn 70 and really can’t believe it. I remember my dad turning 70 but I never thought I’d be that old.

I received two really nice birthday gifts to make my walks more fun. First of all I got a new camera from Marilyn my wonderful wife. Hopefully it will help me take even more beautiful photos of our little island town to share with all of you.

The camera in front is my old Canon and the new Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ-1000 is behind.

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The second gift was a surprise arrival of my sister Diane just before my walk this morning to walk with me. She drove over from Spokane and stayed at a local B&B just to surprise me and what surprise it was! This is her and I out on the wharf.

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And now on to some photos from my new camera.

The sunrise and sky were just beautiful this morning and took these two photos while walking out on the wharf.

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My sister spotted this shot and I thought it was pretty cool. This sign and light are one the backside of the wharf.

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My nickname for my sister is “SeaStar”. Well the tide was out and there were a ton of Sea Stars. Unfortunately there is some sort of disease working it’s way through and many of them are dead.

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The seagulls just love the little Sea Star’s. It’s hard to believe but this seagull “ate the whole thing”.

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I hope you have a great day and I’ll do the same!

On The Waterfront

Hi boys and girls, welcome to another wonderful week in Coupeville. It was a beautiful morning for a small walk along the waterfront to the Coupeville Wharf and back. I’m always amazed at what all I find in a few short blocks.

Before the sun came up this morning I spotted Jupiter and Venus close together on the horizon.

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It was a real pastel sunrise with these sailboats in the foreground.

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As you regular followers know I just can’t resist a sunrise photo of the Coupeville Wharf. The  tide was going out.

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I really liked the coloring from the sun on the old wood siding of the Aqua Gifts building.

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I spotted this “art piece” on a house I walk by almost every day. I’m not sure if it’s new or I just missed it but I really like it.

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In the same house I noticed this sailboat made from animal horns, what a clever idea.

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Coupeville’s Front Street was rather vacant this morning but it sure was nicely lit.

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Out on the wharf I met a fellow photographer, he is from Nashville, Tennessee. His name is Steve Shapiro and is a professional photographer here as part of a photography class at the Pacific Northwest Art School here in town. You can check out Steve’s wonderful photos at www.steveshapirophotography.com.

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Heron are a large part of our nature scene and this one looked really nice in the morning sun.

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And finally, on the way home, this beautiful old Chris Craft was leaving Penn Cove after a night at the wharf.

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I hope you have a wonderful week ahead and I look forward to having you along on more walks this week.

SUPER MOON AND TALL SHIPS

I hope you were somewhere that you could see the Super Moon last night, it was spectacular.

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What’s nice is that it was still “Super” this morning.

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As the moon was setting the sun was rising. No Photoshop on this one, it was spectacular!

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That wonderful golden morning light made for some great shots of the Tall Ships that are currently at the Coupeville Wharf. They are the Hawaiian Chieftain and the Lady Washington. I hope you enjoy these photos of the grand old ships.

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And while I was out and about I spotted this handsome couple posing for the camera. Who knows, that might be their wedding photo 😉

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Thanks for walking with me and have a wonderful week ahead!

I’m Back

We are back from our vacation/family reunion and after our “Trip From Hell” we are really glad to be home. We had a fabulous time at the family reunion but the trip was something else. I plan on putting together a travelogue in the future for your enjoyment.

This morning’s walk was sort of short but beautiful. I had a very pleasant surprise when I got to the wharf. I met a new gentleman called Bear who was playing a Nez Perce Native American Flute. I could hear it before I actually saw him and it was a beautiful, haunting sound. He made the flute from Western Cedar. I hope you enjoy the little video clip I have for you. Click on the photo of Bear to hear him play.

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There, that should make your day, it sure did make mine!

The deer were out in force this morning, I counted twelve deer. I thought this family was really cute.

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This young White-Crowned Sparrow was just waiting for me to take it’s picture so I obliged.

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The flower baskets at the Coupeville Library were very pretty and I like the contrast with the “fishy” bike rack.

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The flowers are all out at the Lavender Wind store. If you like lavender than this is the place for you.

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