It’s really hard to believe that August is over already but what a fabulous summer we’ve had. I think we are on day 74 with temperatures above 70F and only .02″ of rain. We could use some water!
On my 2.5 mile walk this morning I saw fourteen deer. They seem to be everywhere right here in town. This is a very poor flash picture of a deer going after some low hanging fruit but I just had to share. Talk about a stretch!
It was really cloudy this morning but like this photo of Penn Cove and boats with the low tide showing in the foreground.
I’ve taken photos of the Coupeville Wharf with the street lights on before but this morning I just had to take one more!
On the way home this blue flower caught my eye. It’s on a very thick, six to seven foot tall stock and as big as a fist. The blue spikes really stick out. It’s a “Cardoon (Cynara cardunculus), just in case you were curious.
I did a lot better with this flower than I did with the “blueberries” I showed you the other day. Carmen, one of my fellow walkers, pointed out that they really are “Oregon Grapes”. Sorry for the misinformation.
Thanks for walking with me today and now it’s onward to September 2017!
This morning I walked 4.65 miles out to the Ebey Prairie Reserve and back. Along the way I spotted another defibrillator. This one is located right at the front door of the Prairie Center, Red Apple grocery store. I think it’s important to know where these are located, just in case…
A little further out I spotted these pumpkins, WHAT? I thought pumpkins knew the seasons better than this. October is still a long way away!
If you like blueberries you can get all you can eat along Black Road. These wild blueberry bushes are really producing and you could fill up a bucket in a very short amount of time.
And now the frosting on the cake. I watched the sun break just over the trees and slowly rise. Quite often it goes from a first bright red to a very bright yellow before it gets higher above the trees. This morning it stayed red for the longest time. I just kept taking photos and of all I took I liked this one the best.
The farmhouse and trees lining the edge of the prairie made for a nice contrast.
I hope you enjoyed that walk and I didn’t tire you out 🙂 Have a great day and will see you again soon.
As we approach the last few days of August, the dark mornings are getting longer and change is in the air. I keep leaving a little later each morning trying to catch the sunrise and this morning did not disappoint.
Perhaps you’ve heard the old song, “Red Sails In The Sunset”, well this morning it was “Red Sailboats in the Sunrise”. This was taken from the Coupeville Wharf where the sailboats were moored overnight.
Several of you asked if I would take a photo of the beautiful old home that was being painted a very dark color, when it was done, so I did. Now that it’s done it’s quite striking and looks more dark blue that it did against the original yellow color.
At the end of my walk I decided to take a photo of our volunteer sunflower. There is a pot of flowers on the porch and a few weeks ago what looked like a weed started to sprout. Rather than pull it we decided to see what it was. We think a squirrel most likely planted the seed to be eaten at a later date.
Well it grew and grew and grew and a couple of days ago the flower opened up. What a spectacular addition to our home.
So that’s what I saw on our little 2.4 mile walk this morning. Of course I saw lots more but that’s enough for this week.
Have a grand weekend and if you happen to be in the Seattle area swing by the Hiram Chittenden Locks in Ballard, my big swing band, The Tempos, will be performing Sunday from 2:00 – 4:00. Grab me and say hi, I love to meet people who walk with me. I hope to see you there!
This morning I have a safety announcement for the citizens of Coupeville and its visitors. I just spotted a defibrillator mounted to the side of the Collections Boutique store at the Front Street end of the Coupeville Wharf. We can only hope that no one ever needs to use it but it’s there should an emergency arrive.
Do you see it, next to the little library box?
I was out walking early this morning and the sun wasn’t quite up yet but I still got this interesting photo of Mt. Baker just above the trees.
And once again, I just couldn’t resist taking yet another photo of a sunrise over the wharf and Penn Cove. Who could get tired of this view?
The schooner Suva was basking in the morning sun. I copied this description from the Suva website.
“Come aboard the Suva and sail back in time! This Gatsby-era schooner was built in 1925 for Coupeville resident and attorney, Frank J Pratt, Jr. She was designed by Ted Geary, a noted Seattle naval architect. Built in Hong Kong, then shipped to British Columbia for spars and rigging, Suva sailed into Coupeville making a grand entrance. Since that time, Suva remained in Puget Sound waters. She is now the proud flagship of the Coupeville Maritime Heritage Foundation, only her sixth owner, and is open to the public for tours and sailing. Come discover her charm. Welcome aboard!”
What a beautiful old boat!
And that’s a wrap for this weeks Hump Day. Thanks for walking with me and I’ll see you again real soon.
Happy “Eclipse Day” and a new week. This morning it was overcast and a tad foggy but it should burn off before the main event.
Since it wasn’t a great photo day I decided to show you how busy our dock is. There were a lot of boats tied up and even some rafted to one another. There were others anchored out in Penn Cove.
Here’s a long shot of the Coupeville Wharf and some of the boats. And you’ll notice that “Frank” has a little cameo in this shot.
These two big, beautiful yachts were rafted together. I guess we know how the other half is living 😉
I doesn’t seem to matter how big your yacht is there’s always one that’s bigger. This sailboat took up the entire fuel dock. I have no idea how long it is but it’s big and beautiful.
And there you have it, a nice start to a new week. Thanks for walking with me and remember, DO NOT look directly into the eclipse!!!
This morning’s walk was sort of odd in that I really didn’t find anything inspirational to photograph. It’s was a beautiful morning and the sun was out so that alone made it all worth while.
One photo I took turned out really well but you can’t tell my cat, Miss Kitty Kitty. She’d be so jealous! I don’t know who’s cat this is but it sure did pose pretty in front of the grasses.
While I consider myself a fair landscape photographer but I’m not very good at still life. I took this because I really like these plants and all the various stages it goes through as they bloom.
So that’s it! 2 3/4 miles of fresh air and sunshine, perfect. Maybe we’ll see more tomorrow as we walk along together.
As you’ve seen in my recent blogs we’ve had stellar sunrises. Well today was a different day and with it came different weather. It’s cloudy and we have some fog so like my brother Ron always says: “On a foggy day take foggy photos”. Works for me! Here’s the Coupeville Wharf taken from the end of my street.
There is a beautiful old house that I just love. I believe it’s a bed and breakfast but not sure. I like the bright yellow paint with the white trim, very classy.
Well that’s about to change. They are painting it and I have to say, I’m not crazy about their color choice. It’s like a blue/purple/black color. It may be striking when they are done but I think I prefer the yellow.
It seems like every week there are more and more deer. We saw a doe with two new fawns just yesterday, I believe it might be the second batch this year. Taking care of all those kids must wear them out. Here’s a pair just resting in the tall grass.
I have a neighbor who’s a retired art teacher and he is always putting up interesting art in his yard and gardens. This one caught my eye this morning with the sunflower in front of it.
And that wraps up Tuesday’s walk. I hope you enjoyed it, I sure do enjoy the company from all of you. Have a great day!
Good morning my friends! We got a little rain yesterday and I mean a little, .01″, but it was enough to stop our record run of the most days without any measurable rain. The old record was 52 days and we smashed it this year.
Of course the bad news is, because we live on an island water is limited. We don’t have any snow pack, rivers, streams or large reservoirs, only well water. So to discourage wasting water on things like washing cars or watering lawns our water bill almost doubles.
You can really tell the people who don’t seem to understand all of this. Here’s what we don’t like to see. Probably just the opposite where you live.
By contrast here is a beautifully kept lawn here in Coupeville on Whidbey Island. Oh, by the way, it’s mine 🙂
Moving on to this morning’s walk. With an on-shore breeze and a little rain, most of the smoke from the Canadian forest fires has been cleared out but that doesn’t mean our spectacular sunrises are gone.
I timed my walk perfectly this morning to be on the Coupeville Wharf right when the sun was breaking over the horizon, Cascade Mountains and Penn Cove. This first one is my friend “Frank”, the Great Blue Heron, sitting on his favorite lamp post with sailboats in the background.
A few minutes later the sun was up a little more and I captured this photo and I really like it.
And then as the sun rose even more I was able to frame “Frank” in front of the sun making for a nice silhouette.
So that’s it for this Monday. I hope you have a great week ahead and we are able to walk some more as the week goes along. Thanks for stopping by.
I know, too much of a good thing but I just couldn’t resist getting some more sunrise photos with this smokey inversion layer that’s going on.
While I was waiting for the sun to pop up over the Cascade Mountains I walked down to the beach and took the following photos of the pilings that hold up the Coupeville Wharf.
I move over to underneath the ramp that goes out to the wharf and thought this was kind of an interesting photo.
It wasn’t long until the sun peeked above the mountains.
I took a bunch of photos but I came back to this same spot for another one after the sun was up.
And that was that! Now the sun is really up and it’s going to be another scorcher of a day. I’ll really be glad when this hot streak is over and we get our clear skies back.
Have a great weekend and try to say cool.
Good morning everyone, I hope your day is off to a good start I know mine is. A nice little two mile walk to get the motor going.
We currently have a lot of smoke over the area. There are some forest fires burning in Canada and the smoke is being brought down here by a huge high pressure system. While I’m not crazy about it, it certainly does make for some interesting photos.
Yesterday I captured the sun just as it was rising above the trees across the street from my house. I know it doesn’t look real but there it is!
From this morning I captured a small motorboat racing to the sun, at least that’s what it looks like. It is heading east on Penn Cove toward Saratoga Passage.
Looking west from the Coupeville Wharf I spotted these two madrona trees that were really showing their red bark in the orange morning sunrise.
I stole the title for this blog from my sister who posted a similar picture that she took in California a number of years ago. Her’s was a raven flying across the rising sun, I believe mine is a seagull.
Her’s was better than mine but I still like it.
Have a great day and onward!