OLYMPIC BACKDROP – January 31, 2017

Can you believe today is the last day of January 2017? Me neither! Where do the go?

I took you on a nice long and brisk 4.6 mile walk that only yielded one good photo. I took a bunch of other photos for a project I’m working on that I’ll share with you later on but for now this is it.

This old farm is on the far side of Ebey Prairie and it just hollers late 1800’s. I’ve taken several photos of this farm over the years but I never get tired of it. I hope you don’t either.

farm-and-olympics

You’re now free to get on with your day. Thanks for walking with me.

PEEK-A-BOO – January 30, 2017

This morning’s walk was very nice but kind of disappointing in the photo department. It looked like the sunrise was going to pop but then it did pop, just like a balloon. The lighting was poor so not a lot to share but here’s my Monday offering just the same.

There seems to be a lot of anger and rage among the people of the United States these days. I’m really getting tired of it and so I offer this as a suggestion.

peace-sign

Even though early January was rather chilly around here, the month is ending with Daffodil’s popping up from the ground, oh boy!

daffodils-in-january

There is a group, “Whidbey Island Rocks” on Facebook, that paint rocks and places them around the island. Coupeville is no exception and this morning I discovered this rock painted by LJK on October of 2016. It was on the trail that goes through Kruger Woods. Their Facebook page says that you can either keep the rock or put it somewhere else for others to enjoy. I took the rock and will place it in a different location in a few weeks. If you live in, or visit Coupeville, be on the lookout for this one.

whidbey-island-rocks

Thank you for walking with me on this rather gray morning but I wish you sunshine for the week ahead!

UNSEEN BEFORE – January 27, 2017

I find it amazing that after walking around Coupeville and Ebey Prairie for the last six or seven years I see things that I’ve never seen before, and I’m not talking about things like new homes.

This morning I spotted what I believe is remnents of the old Highway 20 that runs past Coupeville. I saw this guard rail off in the bushes and what looks like an old road bed that leads straight to Black Road which could also be part of the old highway.

old-highway-20

Here’s the new Highway 20 that runs along the old road but much higher due to all the fill.

new-highway-20

I’ve been walking past this old lamp post that’s left of the arched gate for years and never noticed it. Of course it no longer looks much like a lamp post as the growth on top has removed all traces of the lamp. It’s no big, I just really thought it made for a nice photograph.

light-post

Thanks again for walking with me and discovering new things. Have a great Friday and then onward to the weekend.

OLD FARM EQUIPMENT – January 25, 2017

This mornings four mile walk was once again gray and flat but I didn’t let that slow me down. I went over to the high school and turned east on Terry Street. That took me past something that a lot of small towns, the size of Coupeville, don’t have, a bowling alley and diner. But sadly it is closed due to “…this Island is too small to support our little alley anymore.”  Are any of you interested in a great business opportunity in a small, beautiful, historic, island town?

Just to the left of it is something else you won’t see in Coupeville yet there it is, an espresso stand. Coupeville has a ban on “drive through business” with one exception, the two banks in town. I believe this is to prevent fast food places detracting for the quaint, historic, feel of the town. The reason the espresso drive through is there is because it’s just outside of the city limits.

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Further on down the road I saw some old farm equipment that I’ve seen in the past but could never get a very good picture of them because in the summer they are completely overgrown with blackberry bushes. They’ve whacked them back and their they are in their full, old, rusty glory. I really like old farm equipment, maybe it’s because I grew up on a farm in Nebraska where there were lots of old farm equipment even in the 1950’s.

This is an old Combine-Harvester from around the 1930’s.

combine-harvester

This Allis-Chalmers tractor is also from the 1930’s and may have pulled that old combine. I don’t believe it’s going to do anymore pulling. It’s’ always fun to imagine things like this equipment still working the fields as I walk around this beautiful prairie.

allis-chalmers-tractor

For all you working people it’s hump day so thanks for walking with me, now get back to work. For all you retired folks, thanks for walking with me and have a wonderful day!

COUPEVILLE TOWN PARK – January 24, 2017

This morning was gray with very flat light meaning poor pictures. But all you fellow walkers seem to enjoy seeing different things around and about my wee island village.

I’m sure that almost every town in these United States have town parks so today I took pictures of our Town Park because I think it’s something to be proud of.

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The first thing that greets you as you approach the park is this big slice of an old tree estimated to be well over 700 years old.

old-tree-sign

old-tree

There is a nice big kitchen that can be reserved and used along with a bunch of picnic tables. The Coupeville Lions Club are refurbishing it getting it ready for this summer. The Lions Club always has a huge salmon bake each summer.

kitchen-and-picnic-tables

There’s a nice little playground for the kiddies and in the background you can see the restrooms, which are very nice, as well as the tennis court.

playground

And like many parks we have a bandstand. Well not “just” a bandstand it’s a “huge” bandstand. It’s a wonderful venue for summer music concerts which happen every year.

bandstand

I did walk out toward Ebey Prairie just to add a few more miles to our walk and by golly, despite the poor light, I got a couple of pretty good photographs of this old barn. It’s on the property where they process all the mussels from the Penn Cove Mussel Farm. You can certainly tell which side of the barn faces south.

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And with that I’ll cut you lose. Have a wonderful day and thanks for walking with me, you’re the best!

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!