CARDOON August 31, 2017

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!

Low Hanging Fruit Deer

It was really cloudy this morning but like this photo of Penn Cove and boats with the low tide showing in the foreground.

Cloudy Morning Penn Cove Boats

I’ve taken photos of the Coupeville Wharf with the street lights on before but this morning I just had to take one more!

Coupeville Wharf Street Lights

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.

Cardoon (Cynara cardunculus) Blue Flower

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!

PRAIRIE SUNRISE – August 29, 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…

Prairie Center Defibulator1

Prairie Center Defibulator2

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!

Pumpkins

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.

Blueberries

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.

Prairie Sunrise

I hope you enjoyed that walk and I didn’t tire you out ­čÖé Have a great day and will see you again soon.

SAILBOATS AT SUNRISE – August 25, 2017

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.

Sailboats Red Sunrise at Wharf

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.

Black House

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.

Sunflower 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!

DEFIBRILLATOR – August 23, 2017

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.

Collections Store with Defibulator Box

Do you see it, next to the little library box?

Defibulator 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.

Mt Baker Sunrise through 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?

Wharf Boats Sunrise

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┬áCoupeville 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!

Suva at Sunrise

And that’s a wrap for this weeks Hump Day. Thanks for walking with me and I’ll see you again real soon.

BOATS & MORE BOATS August 21, 2017

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.

Boats at Wharf

These two big, beautiful yachts were rafted together. I guess we know how the other half is living ­čśë

Two Large Rafted Boats

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.

Big Sailboat at Gas Dock

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!!!

ODD DAY – August 16, 2017

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.

Cat and Grass

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.

White and Pink Weeds

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.

A DIFFERENT DAY – August 15, 2017

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.

Foggy Wharf

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.

Yellow House Before

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.

Yellow House After

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.

Deer Resting

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.

Art and Sunflower

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!