ANGRY SKIES – March 31, 2015

Well it looks like March is going out like a lion! Since I don’t walk with lions I decided to stay home but took this picture of the “Angry Skies” from my front porch.

Not only were there “Angry Skies” there had been showers off and on all morning and the wind isĀ gusting to 35 MPH. No sir, that’s not for me. One of my least favorite things is to get caught in the middle of a walk with “horizontal rain”!

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The weather prognosticators are saying that for the first week of April we’ll be having April showers, there could be limited walking this week. Enjoy your day just the same and I will too.

MAIN STREET FLOWERS – March 30, 2015

I’m back! Well actually I wasn’t gone just kind of missing for a week or so. Several things got in the way of my morning walks. Things like the weather, getting up early and working on my antique sports car (1960 Sunbeam, Series I, Alpine) and Microsoft Check Disk ate my hard drive, of course that’s a whole story in itself from which I still haven’t completely recovered. But today I did manage to get out for a walk and I invite you to join me.

It was still pretty dark and overcast when I left this morning making photography a little difficult. I took a lot of photos on my way out to Ebey Prairie but unfortunately I had left my camera on manual focus from an earlier shoot and didn’t realize it so all the photos were out of focus, damn!

Once I got that figured out, on my way home, I took some photos of the flowers along Main Street. Either the Lions Club or the Coupeville Garden Club or maybe both put out beautiful flower barrels all along Main Street. Here are just a few of the barrels.

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Across the street I liked the three pink flowering trees in front of the Joseph B. Libbey house built in 1870.

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On my way home I took another photo of this old International Harvester pickup truck. I really like the rust and chrome in the morning light.

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Back home I found our rhododendrons in full bloom. The lighting wasn’t great but the flowers certainly are.

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Thanks for coming back and walking with me, I’ll try to do better going forward. Have a wonderful week ahead!

ELUSIVE AURORA – March 18, 2015

I did not see one person walking this morning when I left the house at 3:00am in search of the elusive aurora borealis. According to the astronomical prognosticators there was supposed to be a stellar show of Northern Lights between 2:30 and 4:00 this morning. I got up at 2:30, looked out the window and saw stars, that was enough to get me up and going.

I walked to the high bank above Penn Cove, near the Coupeville Wharf, and set up my tripod and camera. Then I waited. While I waited I decided to take a few shots to see what the night had to offer. While I never did see a strong sheet of colored lights as you’d expect I did get some nice coloring in the sky.

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Since there wasn’t much happening on the horizon I focused on the wharf which looked quite nice in the darkness of morning.

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Swinging my camera a little farther east I captured Front Street which was not even close to waking up.

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Well that was fun, don’t you agree?

As long as I have lots of time on my hands this morning I thought I’d share a few photos from our outing yesterday. We went to Greenbank, here on Whidbey Island, for some business and decided to have lunch at the old Greenbank Store. It’s a really great store and deli that was built in 1904.

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They have a sign on the side of the building that really makes me laugh. I wonder what parts of “Man” and what “Beast’s” they serve?

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On the way home the Navy EA-18’s were flying off of the Outlying Field. This was the last plane flying as they were all returning to the main base in Oak Harbor. They are not great photos but interesting just the same.

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With that I’ll turn you lose to enjoy your day. And what day is it…?

MORNING MOON – March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Sadly I didn’t get much green for all my Irish friends but I did get a couple of photos for you. They’re not great but felt I had to post something.

The moon was just a sliver in the morning light and had a nice contrast against the pine tree.

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I usually try really hard to keep power, cable and telephone lines out of my photos. Sometimes I even Photoshop them out but not today. I call this one “Converging Lines”. I’m not sure why but I found it kind of interesting. Your impression may vary.

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Have a great day and go find something green.

BLUE FRIDAY THE 13th – March 13, 2015

Since it’s Friday the 13th I only walked a couple of miles, I didn’t want to push my luck šŸ˜‰

Everything seemed really blue this morning so I took a “blue” photo. Just one photo seemed to be enough to capture the concept.

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I hope your Friday really isn’t blue and you have a great weekend. As always, thanks for walking with me this morning.

7:05am SUNRISE – March 10, 2015

Sorry for the short hiatus but I’ve been getting up in the mornings and working really hard on my 1960 Sunbeam, Series I, Alpine. I’ve pulled the entire steering system along with the crossmember off. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it.

With the Daylight Savings Time change I’m now thrown back into the dark. Combine that with a heavy cloud cover and it makes picture taking difficult.

I decided this morning that I would walk until the official sunrise at 7:05am and take a photo of it no matter what it looked like so here you go.

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Hopefully that will give you an idea of what I’m up against.

Back in Coupeville, above the Wharf, I spotted these tiny blue flowers which I think are a weed and thought they contrasted nicely with the red wharf building.

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Right at the beginning of the ramp to the wharf is a sign from last weekends MusselFest. I cleared out the holes so you can put your face in there like I did with the top one.

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One of Coupeville’s historic places got a new sign last week. It’s the “Col. Granville and Henrietta Haller house” built in 1866. It’s not open to the public yet but they are raising money to make it so everyone can enjoy it. I really am looking forward to that.

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Enjoy the rest of your week and thanks for walking with me this morning, I’ve really been missing our daily walks.

SPRING IS SPRINGING – March 2, 2015

Welcome to March! It is coming in like a lamb which is just fine with me. So get your shoes on and lets get going.

I just love when the signs of spring start to appear. This morning didn’t disappoint as I found a flowering tree and a flowering bush.

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This row of houses along the Ebey PrairieĀ ridge were really popping in the morning sun with the dark menacing clouds behind. I did like the trace of pink reflecting the sunrise off the clouds.

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I tried a little different angle for a photograph of the Coupeville Wharf. I’m not completely pleased with it but I think it’s a good starting point. I’ll work on some better ones.

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And that starts a new week and a new month. I hope it’s all good for you!