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.

coupeville-town-park-sign

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.

mussel-barn-2

mussel-barn-1

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

BARNS AND NOBLE MOUNTAINS – April 4, 2015

Welcome to April, now go fool someone 🙂

This morning we walked four miles, I hope you didn’t get too tired. I think you’ll enjoy what we saw though.

The skies to the southwest had a more colorful sunrise than looking east so I took advantage of that, along with the fact that the Olympic Mountains had a dusting of new snow. I hope you like my “Barns and Noble Mountains” photos. These are three different barns out on the Ebey Prairie. All the fields are so green a pretty now, it’s an absolutely beautiful place to walk.

04-01-15-Barn-and-Olympics-1

04-01-15-Barn-and-Olympics-2

04-01-15-Barn-and-Olympics-3

Along the way I just couldn’t resist the cutest sign of spring I saw anywhere. Welcome to the world little guy or gal!

04-01-15-Calf

As always, thanks for walking with me and hopefully we can get in a few more walks this week.

ARTSY BARN – February 11, 2015

I’m sorry we didn’t walk yesterday but I did suit up, load up my camera gear and walked out the door only to be met by rain. I turned around and called it a day, I had other things to do.

Today though was completely different. No rain but fog! But like my brother Ron always says, “When you have fog take fog photos.” And that’s what I tried to do.

I headed for Ebey Prairie first but the closer I got the heavier the fog got. I managed to capture this tiny bit of sunrise before it completely disappeared.

02-11-15-sunrise

Further out on the prairie I took this shot of an old hay-filled barn in the fog. The actual photo didn’t turn out all that great so I played with it to create an art piece. I don’t often do that with my photos but it’s fun to play around from time to time.

02-11-15-barn

Just a block away from home I was looking out across Penn Cove and thought the big fog bank on the far hills would make a nice photo. I believe I guessed right. I hope you enjoy it.

02-11-15-fog-bank

And after a three and a half mile walk I was home and ready to get on with the day. Thanks for walking with me this morning it’s always a pleasure to have you along.

EBEY PRAIRIE – February 3, 2015

I left the house early this morning because I could see the moon and stars along with some scattered clouds to the east. That combination should make for a beautiful sunrise and I wanted to be in place to capture it. So I walked a little over two and a half miles to the cemetery above Ebey Prairie. From there you look east to the sunrise. I got there about 7:20 am and the official sunrise is 7:35 am, perfect!

The only problem is that it never happened. It clouded up and there was no sun to be seen. So what to do? I know, set up the tripod and take a bunch of cloudy photos over the Ebey Prairie. I’m happy with the results and I hope you like them as well.

I’ll start with a big panorama overlooking almost the entire prairie. Click on the photo for a bigger view.

02-03-15-ebey

This is what I got looking straight toward the “sunrise” at 7:35. Off in the distance is the Ferry House built in 1860. It was a stopping place for people coming across Admiralty Inlet going to Coupeville. If you look closely you’ll see what appears to be a large bird sitting just above the top branch near the center of the tree on the right.

02-03-05-admiralty

Here’s a close up of the “Bird”! Turns out it’s a broke tree branch but looks pretty convincing.

02-13-15-bird

On the way back home I thought this red barn looked nice in the grayness of the morning.

02-03-15-barn

The last shot on my way home was looking up this treed sidewalk leading up to one of the historic homes out on the prairie.

02-03-15-door

So there ya go, another wonderful walk with you and all my other virtual friends. Thanks a bunch of joining me and with any luck we’ll do it again tomorrow.

IN-SPIRE-D

Happy Monday, hope you  are having a great day to start the week, I know I am. It started with a really nice walk in the sunshine with big puffy clouds hanging around, perfect for what I do!

I start with a play on words as the moon was beside the spire on St. Mary’s Catholic Church. It “in-spire-d” me to take a photo 🙂

11-10-14-inspired

On my way to Ebey Prairie I spotted Mt. Rainier, a 104 miles away as the crow flies, and captured the moment. You don’t see Mt. Rainier very often from Coupeville this time of year.

11-10-14-mt-rainier

Out on the prairie I just had to take another photo of this barn. I’ve taken an number of different photos of it but this mornings sun lit it just perfectly along with the clouds in the background.

11-10-14-barn

And finally this panorama of the prairie with more dramatic clouds. This is looking toward Port Townsend and the Olympic Mountains.

11-10-14-olympic-clouds

With that I return you to your regularly scheduled program. As always, thanks for walking with me, I hope to see you again tomorrow!

PULLIN’ ANCHOR

Wow, what a difference a day makes. Yesterday it was misty fog and this morning nothing but sunshine. It will probably be another scorcher but it sure was a nice cool 53 degrees F for our walk.

The first thing I spotted was this standoff between a deer and a cat. As it turned out the cat ran away but they stood and stared at each other for the longest time.

07-10-14-deer-and-cat

Out on Ebey Prairie this barn with the tule fog caught my eye.

07-10-14-tule-fog

It looks like Colleen is at it again, getting ready to add yet another tricycle to her yard art collection. I wonder what color it will be.

07-10-14-tricycle

Out on the wharf I caught the sun just as it was coming over the horizon.

07-10-14-sunrise

I also spotted this early bird “Pullin’ Anchor” and heading for distant shores. I also caught the head of a small harbor seal in the background.

07-10-14-pullin-anchor

In town, at one of my favorite stores, Far From Normal, I spotted this new board game. We may just have to check it out.

07-10-14-far-from-normal

07-10-14-coupevilleolopy

On my final leg to home I couldn’t resist one last sunrise photo of this sailboat.

07-10-14-sailboat

And finally some progress, yippee. Front Street has been half blocked off for almost two years due to the hillside sinking and sliding into the cove. They were concerned about it affecting the road. I guess they decided that it was no  longer a threat, at least not now and filled in the path and removed the barricades. All that was left this morning were some road cones and I suspect that once they get the path tamped down they will go away as well.

07-14-10-front-street

Time to turn on the fans and cool the house down. Thanks for walking with me and with any luck we’ll do it again tomorrow.

BARNS AND TRACTORS

This morning I went for a monster walk, 6.8 miles across the Ebey Prairie to Ebey Landing and back. It was the longest walk I’ve done since my radiation treatments and it really kicked my butt but on the other hand I really kicked Prostate Cancer’s Butt!

I took way too many photos to post here but I’ll share a few that I liked.

First off, the morning sun was lighting the sky around Mt. Baker. There was a pink haze in front of the mountain that only lasted for about five minutes.

05-01-14-mt-baker

As I got to the prairie the light was equally nice on this old barn.

05-01-14-barn1

Further out on the prairie I spotted this tractor that must have stopped for the day and just parked in the middle of the field.

05-01-14-tractor

I liked this photo because of the barn reflection in the pond out in the field.

05-01-14-barn2

I spotted this old tractor and barn on the Willowood farm. The yellow morning sun really lit it up.

05-01-14-tractor2

I thought this little barn/house/shed had a nice peaceful feel to it.

05-01-14-barn3

Just for fun I included this photo of a freighter crossing the road. Notice the sign! I love Photoshop 🙂

05-01-14-boat

At Ebey Landing this Long Billed Curlew posed for this wonderful photo with the nice rocks in the foreground.

05-10-14-long-billed-curlew

Well that was fun, thanks for walking with me. I’ll see you tomorrow for more!

SIGNS

Happy Monday all, I hope you are ready for a good week of walking as the weather is supposed to be spectacular all week long. By Thursday it could be in the low 80’s F in Seattle which means around 75 here on the island.

I kind of went crazy this morning in the lovely weather so I hope you don’t get bored with my photos before you get to the end.

At first I noticed some new signs that I liked. These two were on the same house.

04-28-14-fish-sign

04-28-14-fish

This old farm sign is out on the Ebey Prairie.

04-28-14-cow-sign

I’ve always liked this mail box and the morning sun really made it pop.

04-28-14-mailbox

The remainder of today’s photos are not signs but I liked them a lot and wanted to share them with you.

I love this farm and have taken numerous photos of it. What caught my eye this morning was the crop. I showed you that same crop a couple of weeks ago when it was first coming up. Our wonderful spring weather has really made them jump out of the rich prairie soil here on the island. I also like the Olympic Mountains peaking through the clouds in the background.

04-28-14-barn

This Lilac bush was really showing its colors in the morning light. This is just a tiny portion of the bush, it’s really big!

04-28-14-lilac

And finally two photos of this old barn. The first is well lighted which really made it stand out. The second is what I found inside the door to the right.

04-28-14-barn2

04-28-14-barn3

Thanks for walking with me today and I look forward to having you along for the rest of the week!

THE EAGLE HAS LANDED

This morning I had a good five mile walk that yielded some nice photos, at least to my eyes. I hope you enjoy our walk today and all that we saw.

This immature Eagle is just starting to come into it’s white head, won’t be long now.

04-10-14-eagle

Out on the Ebey Prairie I noticed that the spring planting of farmers is starting to sprout.

04-10-14-field

There are actually quite a few new fields that are starting to show signs of growth. Here’s a panorama of Ebey Prairie. If you click on the picture it will open up full size.

04-10-14-prairie

The Sherman Farm folks looks like they’ve put their hay-ride wagon in the barn until fall.

04-10-14-barn

Daffodils are popping up all over the place, even where they weren’t planted by man. I spotted this wild daffodil along a fence row.

04-10-14-daffodil

Speaking of spring flowers these Azalia’s were just beautiful together. They made for a colorful pink and blue photo.

04-10-14-pink-and-blue

Make a great day!

WINTER OLYMPICS

What a beautiful morning for a walk. Not too cold, no wind and just a little chilly, perfect! Along the way I saw more signs of Christmas with a Dinosaur Santa, huh?

11-dino

On out toward Ebey Prairie I passed the junior high/high school where they have a “Rock”. I have seen this rock painted with things like “Bob and Judy Forever” and “Go Wolves” but this mornings message was especially nice as it went out to everyone who drove or walked by.

11-love-ya

I’m not sure what this old farm building is but I sure do like it. I have no idea what it’s function was on the farm. It’s tall, square and not very big. Any ideas?

11-barn

The Olympic Mountains were looking quite “Wintery” this morning making for “Winter Olympics”!

11-olympics

And just a little bit more Christmas spirit with this beautiful holly bush.

11-holly

For all you working people, “What Day Is It”? For all you others enjoy your Wednesday.