TREE AND TWO HOMES – May 19, 2016

Well look at this, I’m back for a second day in a row!

It always amazes me to see things that I’ve walked by a hundred times and never noticed. Sometimes the morning light changes things enough to bring out those hidden gems.

This morning I noticed this beautiful, gnarly, old tree in font of the historic Williams House built in 1896. It now houses the Whidbey Island Conservation District office.

1896-William's-House

Here’s a closeup of the tree in the golden morning light.

Tree

Walking down Main Street I spotted this beautiful Victorian house with the blossoming rhododendron out front. It’s the Coupe-Gillespie House built in 1891. Today it’s the Blue Goose Inn.

1891-Clapp-Gillespie-House

And this just in; Marilyn took this photo of brand new fawns in our neighbors yard while I was typing. We believe that they were born in the last two days. The mother sure does seem to be bonding with her baby.

Fawns

Thanks for joining me on this morning’s walk and hopefully we’ll do it again tomorrow.

GOOD NEWS – May 9, 2016

Well that was a long dry spell, sorry about that! I’ve been well and very busy working on my teardrop trailer. Progress is slow but hopefully I’ll have some pictures of it one of these days.

One of the things I just hate to see is our historic buildings deteriorating. The Captain Joseph Clapp house, built in 1886, has been heading downhill for a few years now. During my walk this morning I was happily surprised to see an “Ebey’s Forever Grant” sign in the front yard. The sign reads: “Preserving the Reserve’s Heritage Buildings Through Community Investment”.

Clapp House 3

That means that some funds have been made available to help repair some of the problems that the house is having, like the big hole in the roof. Another wonderful old Victorian saved, woot!

Clapp House 2

Speaking of improving the community, the 1866 Robertson’s Store building redo is coming along nicely. They have the framework for the new deck done and it looks really solid. I can’t wait to see what it will all look like when complete.

1866-Robertson's-Store

I spotted my old friend “Frank”, the Great Blue Heron, sitting on it’s favorite post in front of the Coupeville Wharf. This gives you a good idea of what our weather will be like for the week ahead, nice!

Frank-and-Wharf

I shoot most of my photos in “landscape” mode but every once in a while it requires “portrait” mode. My neighbor John gave me cause for just such a photo. He’s a retired art teacher and is always putting up creative things around his place. This birdhouse is the newest addition. They should be well protected from any land predators at that elevation.

Birdhouse

And with that we’ll start a new week. I hope you all haven’t left me and enjoyed our walk today. I’ll try to do better in the future, I promise!