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!

BOATS DEER BIRD WATER – August 1, 2017

Welcome to August 2017! It’s my favorite month of the year because it’s the middle of summer and the weather is usually fantastic plus it’s my birth month, a memorable moment indeed.

Get your good walking shoes on because we’re going to walk four miles this morning. First stop Ebey Prairie Reserve. In the golden sunrise this farm really popped out. The Olympic Mountains are in the background with just a wee bit of snow near the top.

Barn and Olympics

Then back over to the other side of the island for some boats. I really like this green boat that’s been anchored out in Penn Cove for over a month. What a wonderful place to swing on a hook.

Green Boat in Penn Cove

The tide was way out this morning and the Coupeville Wharf was standing tall. I’m always amazed that there is enough water under the dock for the big sailboats to dock without hitting bottom

Wharf at Low Tide

And last but not least, “Boats Deer Bird Water”! I don’t know what this deer was looking for out there but it went out a ways and looked like it was getting his feet stuck to in the muddy bottom but it got back to shore just fine.

Boats Deer Bird in Water

I hope you enjoyed that little walk and will come back tomorrow. Enjoy the great month ahead.

Welcome Back – August 11, 2015

I know, I know, it’s been way too long. People around Coupeville keep reminding me that I’ve been missed.

I can come up with a million excuses but none are very valid. I’ll try to do better going forward.

On my little walk this morning I managed to find some interesting things. First up was the Captain Thomas A. Coupe’s home built in 1854. Captain Coupe is the namesake of “Coupeville”.

His home as been in pretty bad shape for a long time but thanks to the “Ebey Forever Foundation” it is getting a much needed restoration. These photos aren’t great but it gives you an idea of the project.

Looking from the beach. At some point in time the house was turned around and moved back away from cliff.


This is a side view. It’s hard to get a good photo with all the growth around the house.


I’ve shown you photos of the Toby’s Tavern building restoration. It’s now complete and looks wonderful. Here is a 1920’s photo and on today’s walk.



The tide was out and the boats were in. This time of year we get a lot of visitors by water who anchor out, tie to mooring buoys, or tie to the dock.


And finally my shot of the day. I liked the morning sun on the wharf pilings and all the green seaweed and black mussels contrasted against it.


It’s great to be back and having you all walking with me again. Enjoy your day and we’ll do this again soon.


Once again I was treated to a wonderful sunrise with lots of clouds to enhance the suns beauty. I only walked a mile and half but once again found some nice things to photograph. I’m really starting to get used to my new birthday present (Panasonic DMC – Lumix – FZ1000) and I like it 🙂

The first thing I noticed was this tunnel through these bushes with a path leading to a gate. It has nothing to do with the sunrise but…


This weather-vane with the sunrise behind it was just begging to be photographed.


Out on the Coupeville Wharf I saw this old wooden yacht tied to the dock along with a lot of other boats. It’s still boating season in Coupeville.


Once again my old friend the Heron was posing on this log with the morning sun dancing on the water.

08-28-14 heron

That’s all the photos that I felt were worthy of posting but I think they are quite nice even if I do say so myself 😉 Thanks for walking and gawking with me!


Despite the terrible events of September 11th, twelve years ago, the sun rose on Coupeville and the rest of the United States of America.

I left early for my walk this morning because we had someone coming by the house at 8:00 so at 6:00 when I left it was still almost dark. About twenty minutes into my walk saw the sun was slowly lightning things up including Mt. Baker.


An hour later when I was out on the Ebey Prairie the sun was finally starting to peek over the Cascade Mountains. It’s really amazing how long it takes for the sun to actually rise here in the Northwest.


When I got back over to Penn Cove I could see the sun shinning on the west end of the cove.


When I got to the wharf it was really beautiful with the reflection of Coupeville in the still water and the dock that goes out to the wharf.


There were several boats anchored out in the cove which made for one last nice reflection photo.


What a beautiful place I live. It’s pretty hard not to be in awe of it all on a morning like this.


Actually I was never gone let’s just say I was taking a break. I have been walking most days but haven’t been uploading any pictures. Well that ends today as I found a few interesting  things to take pictures of.

It was sort of a foggy morning and daylight was just coming on when I left home at 6:30. Heading out on the prairie I noticed this old barn that is empty. I’ll post a photo in a few weeks when it is full of hay. It’s amazing how much hay they go through in a year, from a full barn to completely empty.


Coming back into Coupeville and out on the wharf I noticed this row of Seagulls perfectly spaced on the roof line of the wharf. I wonder if there is a rule in nature about how close one bird can be to the next.


I saw a couple of lovely old boats, one tied to the dock and the other on a mooring buoy. I’m not sure if these are old wooden boats on their way home from the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Show or if they are here early for the Coupeville Art of the Boat Show next Saturday the 14th.



And finally on my way home I saw this Buck. It’s the first one with big horns I’ve seen this season. To some people here on the island I’m sure this looks like food but to the nice people around Coupeville they are more like pets.


I hope you enjoyed having me back and I’ll try to start doing better.