FOGGY BARNS – February 24, 2015

This morning’s walk took me on a loop out to the Ebey Prairie and back through Coupeville. It was another beautiful morning but there was some tule fog on the prairie that made for a couple of nice photos.

This first one is of the Sherman’s Pioneer Farm barns with a layer of tule fog down low, or is that “On the down low?” 😉

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Not far from there I captured this farmhouse with the Olympic Mountains standing tall.

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Back in Coupeville I thought I’d share a photo of “town”. The historic center of Coupeville is Front Street which is about two blocks long. This photo is looking up Front Street to the sunrise in the east.

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And that wrapped up our walk for today. I’m not sure what tomorrow will bring as sprinkles are coming back into the forecast. If I do get out for a walk please come join me, I always enjoy your company 🙂

NEW LODGING – February 23, 2015

What a great way to start the week, a beautiful, crisp, clear, morning walk around my wee town of Coupeville. Get your shoes on and I’ll show you around.

First stop “Popeye’s House”. Not really but to me it looks like the kind of place Popeye would live. I just love the mist on the water and the contrasting sunrise on Mount Baker and the shadowed house in the foreground.

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Just as I walked into town I noticed the chef at Knead and Feed was preparing some yummy pastries soon to be baked and served to waiting customers. You can not imagine how wonderful the smell is of the fresh baking bread and cinnamon rolls drifting across the street along with the mornings fresh air. I do believe I’m in heaven!

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I thought I’d share a little of the weekend with you. We went to Oak Harbor for the Whidbey Playhouse performance of Monty Python’s “Spamalot”. It’s the first time we had been to the playhouse and what a nice little theater it is. The show was so funny I cried most of the way through it. We’ll definitely be going back.

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We also stopped by a grand opening, open house, here in Coupeville. It’s a new vacation rental called “Float On Inn”. It’s really lovely with a private entrance and a fantastic view of Mount Baker, Penn Cove and the Coupeville Wharf. Winter rates are $125 a night and summer rates are $150 with a minimum two night stay. It would be a very nice place to stay on your next visit to Coupeville. You can call for reservations at 425-691-7132.

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Have a great week ahead and well walk again soon.

REFLECTIONS – February 18, 2015

Oh boy another beautiful morning with another fabulous sunrise. I stayed close to town this morning and was rewarded with a few spectacular photographs, at least I think they are spectacular 😉

On my way to the Coupeville Wharf I noticed the flat water of Penn Cove reflecting the lights that run along the ramp to the wharf. I just had to set up my tripod and “push de button”.

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When I got out on the wharf things just kept getting better and better. I love the reflection of this sailboat in the morning sunrise.

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Looking back at Coupeville the sunrise just kept exploding in the sky.

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I really hope you enjoyed that as much as I did. Isn’t it amazing what you see when you walk with me? Thanks for the company 🙂

JUST A SLIVER – February 17, 2015

Wow, what a gorgeous morning for a walk. It was a little nippy at only 37 degrees F but no wind. I got out extra early because I could tell that there was going to be some great light during the “golden hour” today.

Along the way and just by chance I spotted the moon. As you can see in this photo it was just a sliver and disappeared shortly after this photo.

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From there it was on onward to the Ebey Prairie. The Olympic Mountains were standing tall in the morning light.

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I’ve taken a number of photos of this old barn but this morning it was just begging me to take another one so I obliged and I’m glad I did.

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Back in Coupeville Mount Baker was also standing tall and looking good in the morning light.

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And then a “rocket ship” caught my eye. While it was probably a passenger jet I’d like to believe that it was a rocket ship on its way to a far and distant planet.

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I hope you enjoyed that little three and a half mile walk, I sure did.

PORCH SUNRISE – February 16, 2015

Welcome to a new week, I hope you make it a good one!

Sadly I pulled a muscle or something this weekend and I’m not able to walk this morning. But if I had walked what a spectacular walk it would have been.

I took this panorama photo of the sunrise from my front porch in Coupeville to give you an idea of what the day has to offer. I hope you enjoy it and with luck I’ll be good enough to walk tomorrow.

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You can click on the photo to make it larger in your web browser.

Have a great week 🙂

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY – February 13, 2014

I’m wishing you a happy Valentine’s Day a day early since I don’t generally blog on weekends. I’ve been looking for a “Valentine” type photo and they are far and few between or else I’m not looking hard enough.

So with that here’s my offering. Not a very good photo but you get the idea.

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I hope you have a great Valentine’s Day with your sweetie. I look forward to seeing you back here next week!

ARTSY BARN – February 11, 2015

I’m sorry we didn’t walk yesterday but I did suit up, load up my camera gear and walked out the door only to be met by rain. I turned around and called it a day, I had other things to do.

Today though was completely different. No rain but fog! But like my brother Ron always says, “When you have fog take fog photos.” And that’s what I tried to do.

I headed for Ebey Prairie first but the closer I got the heavier the fog got. I managed to capture this tiny bit of sunrise before it completely disappeared.

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Further out on the prairie I took this shot of an old hay-filled barn in the fog. The actual photo didn’t turn out all that great so I played with it to create an art piece. I don’t often do that with my photos but it’s fun to play around from time to time.

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Just a block away from home I was looking out across Penn Cove and thought the big fog bank on the far hills would make a nice photo. I believe I guessed right. I hope you enjoy it.

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And after a three and a half mile walk I was home and ready to get on with the day. Thanks for walking with me this morning it’s always a pleasure to have you along.

ANGRY BEAUTIFUL SUNRISE – February 9, 2015

Like most people on the west coast we’ve been getting slammed with the “Pineapple Express” river of rain and wind. This morning looked threatening when I left the house in the dark but by the time I got out to Ebey Prairie I found beautiful sunrise mixed in with the angry skies. I hope you like what I saw and photographed.

I really liked the silhouette of the trees in these next two photos.

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Heading back home I couldn’t help but notice how high the tide was this morning. The wharf appeared to be floating on the Penn Cove. It just a good deal that the wind wasn’t blowing waves up onto the wharf.

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Looking back at town from the Coupeville Wharf I could still see angry skies. It was a great contrast to the colorful buildings along Front Street.

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It’s hard to say at this point how the day will actually turn out but for now all is calm and quiet.

Have a great week ahead and thanks for walking with me around the wee town of Coupeville.

MORE CLOUDS – February 4, 2015

I guess I should stop whining about the gray skies and clouds, after all it’s still winter and that’s what we get most days. Fortunately Snohomish Slew, the “Frognosticator Extraordinaire” on January 31st, Washington State “Groundfrog Day”, did not see his shadow so we’ll be having an early spring. For now I’ll take blue and gray photos.

I walked across the island again and caught a peek of the Olympic Mountains above the cloud bank. This really is how blue it was when I took this photo.

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Down on Ebey Landing I pointed my camera west and took a picture of the cliff and beach. It’s not great but gives you an idea of the beauty that is all around Coupeville.

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Heading back home I spotted these unusual vegetables in the garden at Willowood Farm. They kind of look like beats but not. Any ideas?

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So on our 6.5 mile walk this morning that’s all I saw that needed it’s picture taken. The blogs may get a little sparse the rest of this week since we have rain in the forecast for the next four days.

Thanks for joining me today and I’ll see you soon.

EBEY PRAIRIE – February 3, 2015

I left the house early this morning because I could see the moon and stars along with some scattered clouds to the east. That combination should make for a beautiful sunrise and I wanted to be in place to capture it. So I walked a little over two and a half miles to the cemetery above Ebey Prairie. From there you look east to the sunrise. I got there about 7:20 am and the official sunrise is 7:35 am, perfect!

The only problem is that it never happened. It clouded up and there was no sun to be seen. So what to do? I know, set up the tripod and take a bunch of cloudy photos over the Ebey Prairie. I’m happy with the results and I hope you like them as well.

I’ll start with a big panorama overlooking almost the entire prairie. Click on the photo for a bigger view.

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This is what I got looking straight toward the “sunrise” at 7:35. Off in the distance is the Ferry House built in 1860. It was a stopping place for people coming across Admiralty Inlet going to Coupeville. If you look closely you’ll see what appears to be a large bird sitting just above the top branch near the center of the tree on the right.

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Here’s a close up of the “Bird”! Turns out it’s a broke tree branch but looks pretty convincing.

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On the way back home I thought this red barn looked nice in the grayness of the morning.

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The last shot on my way home was looking up this treed sidewalk leading up to one of the historic homes out on the prairie.

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So there ya go, another wonderful walk with you and all my other virtual friends. Thanks a bunch of joining me and with any luck we’ll do it again tomorrow.