SUNRISE & MOON – October 6, 2017

These fall days have just been perfect for an early morning walk. It’s chilly but the sunrises have been spectacular. This morning was the capper for the week. The sunrise lasted for the longest time providing lots of photo-ops.

First up, looking across Penn Cove and Saratoga Straits at Mt. Baker basking in the bright pink and orange sunrise.

Red Mt Baker Sunrise

When I got to the Coupeville Wharf the pinks had turned more yellow but still a beautiful shot of the waterfront.

Waterfront Sunrise

Just in case you didn’t know, last night we had the “Full Harvest Moon”. I got a couple of pictures of it when it was rising in the east using my cell phone but discovered that it does not take low light pictures worth a darn.

Fortunately the full moon was still shining bright this morning but it was darting in and out of the pink clouds to the west, illuminated by the sunrise. Here’s what it looked like!

Harvest Moon Pink Clouds

With  that I’ll wrap up the week and onward to the weekend. I hope you enjoyed walking with me this week and I hope you have a grand weekend!

MORE WITCHES – October 5, 2017

After this morning’s walk I believe the theme for this years “Witching of Coupeville” is “The Wizard of Oz”! Here’s the proof.

These are all new ones that I didn’t see yesterday. I’m not sure who sponsored this one, it was by a rock next to a parking lot.

Witch in Wheel Chair

Ortho Witch

Dorthy Rec Center

Basset Club Witch

I also spotted this house with a Halloween display. I always think they should paint this house a brighter color until Halloween and the it really looks spooky, a perfect haunted house! I did mess with the lighting a little bit 🙂

Dark House with Pumpkins

And now for my “Phantastic Photo of the Day”! Yesterday was all about the birds but check this out. These geese are flying south and look at how many seagulls and pigeons are on the roof of the Coupeville Wharf! This place is going to the birds.

Wharf Geese Seagulls

I hope you have a wonderful day and enjoyed walking with me.

“THE BIRDS” – October 4, 2017

Another perfect morning for a walk. I only walked two and a half miles but it was at a brisk pace. Speaking of “brisk”, it’s starting to get chilly in the mornings. The last two mornings it’s been 42 degrees F, time for a coat.

Out on the Coupeville Wharf this morning I was reminded of Alfred Hitchcock’s movie “The Birds”. The birds were very active this morning and seemed to be everywhere.

Seagulls on Wharf Roof

As a public service I thought I’d point out another defibrillator location. There’s a new one on the front of the Knead & Feed restaurant. That makes three that I’ve found. One on the west end of Front Street on Collections Boutique building, one south of town at the Prairie Center grocery store and now this one. Coupeville is going to be a great place to have a heart attack 😉

Knead & Feed Defibrillator

I spotted another witch this morning. This one is presented by the Coupeville Garden Club, a great group of people that work very hard to make our little town beautiful. This one is the “Wicked Witch of the Western Weeds”.

Garden Club Witch

Thanks for joining me this morning on my walk, I really like the company.

WELCOME OCTOBER – October 2, 2017

Boy, it’s hard to believe October is here already, what happened to September?

This morning’s walk was really pretty although there were lots of clouds in the sky.

Every year the town of Coupeville celebrates the Halloween season with the “Haunting of Coupeville” which includes the witch contest. Businesses around town compete for having the best witch display.

I saw my first entry this morning at the Penn Cove Gallery. It’s the Tin Man walking the “yellow brick road”. The sign says: “Off to see the Wizard of Art”.

Penn Cove Gallery Tinman

I hadn’t seen any white deer for a while but this morning this one posed very nicely for me.

White Deer

Out on the Coupeville Wharf “Frank”, the great blue heron, was posing pretty for yet another cameo.

Frank on Lamp Post

Finally, this shot, from the Coupeville Wharf of the Coupeville waterfront with the pink clouds, really caught my eye.

Front Street from Water Pink Sunrise

There, that should get your week going. I hope you enjoyed the walk and look forward to more as the week goes along.

HAZY SUNRISE – September 25, 2017

On my three mile walk this morning the sunrise was very different and kind of hazy. Fortunately it made for some nice and interesting photos. So let’s get right to it.

First up, an interesting hazy sunrise with trees half hidden in the fog.

Hazy Sunrise trees

On my way to the Coupeville Wharf I spotted a fleet of sailboats at anchor on Penn Cove reflecting in the calm seas.

Anchored Sailboats on Penn Cove

Here’s the Schooner Suva from the wharf, basking in the hazy sunrise.

Schooner Suva Hazy Sunrise

On the way back home I spotted Mt. Baker just moments before it was eaten by the low lying clouds. This sort of reminds me of some Japanese paintings I’ve see of their mountains.

Mount Baker Hazy Sunrise

And with that we start the last week of September. What a great month it’s been. Enjoy what’s left and then onward!

As always, thanks for walking with me, I really enjoy your company. Please share this with your friends so they can join in as well. Thanks!

FOR THE BIRDS – September 18, 2017

Happy Monday and welcome to another wonderful week in paradise!

This morning’s walk wasn’t all that long as we have threatening skies but I did spot a bunch of birds. First up, Frank, one of our great blue heron’s, flying low over Penn Cove.

Frank Flying Low Over Water

Down by the Coupeville Wharf there were hundreds of seagulls swimming around and standing on the beach. Here are just a few.

Seagulls On The Beach

I wondered what the attraction was and I think I found it. It would appear that the crabs are in and easy pray.

Seagulls with Crab

Our weather has really changed the last two days, almost as though a switch was thrown changing it from summer to winter. Here’s just one more indication. It looks like the Canada Geese are heading south!

Geese Flying South

Any my “beauty shot” for the day is some boats tied up to the dock basking in a beautiful Penn Cove sunrise.

Boats at Dock at Sunrise

There, that should start your week, it certainly did mine. Have a great week and, weather willing, we’ll do this again tomorrow. As always, thanks for walking with me!

FOG BANK WHARF – September 1, 2017

Welcome to September 2017. It was a beautiful morning for a nice little walk. 52 degrees F and clear skies. I only walked 2 1/4 miles but that’s because I stopped a lot to look at the scenery and take photos. Here are just a few from my efforts.

First up “Frank Fishing”. This Great Blue Heron was frozen solid waiting for just the perfect breakfast to swim close enough to snatch from the water. At least while I was standing there it struck out. Maybe I distracted it.

Heron Fishing

One thing that is really beautiful on Whidbey Island are all the “high bank” areas that we have exposing millions of years of geology. This high bank is along Scenic Heights just southeast of Oak Harbor on the other side of Penn Cove from Coupeville. The morning sun really makes them stand out.

Scenic Heights High Bank

The Coupeville Wharf was basking in the morning sun as well but there was an ominous cloud bank behind it. Fortunately the cloud bank has dissipated and it’s going to be a beautiful day all over the island.

Whar and Cloud Bank

I have a busy weekend of music ahead. The Island Jazz Collective, a jazz group I play drums with, will be performing at the Ciao Italian Restaurant in Coupeville tonight  from 6:00 – 8:00PM. On Sunday we’ll be playing at the Oak Harbor Music Festival from 12:00 – 1:00 PM. If you get a chance, stop by and listen to some cool jazz and say hi!

Thanks for walking with me and have a great September.