MADRONA DYING – March 2, 2017

Welcome to a new month. So far March has been cooler and mostly cloudy with a few sprinkles so I guess I’d have to say it’s coming in like a tame lion.

I really didn’t find any good photo ops this morning but I did notice a couple of interesting things I documented.

First stop, the Coupeville Wharf. A few posts ago I had a picture of a guy pressure washing the boat dock. They’ve completed that and have moved on to the pier. You can see in this photo just how far he’s gotten. It’s going to look great when it’s all done.


Because the wind was blowing pretty good I tried to walk in the lea of the island. That worked pretty well. I walked out Madrona Way and noticed something really disturbing. The Madrona trees appear to be dying.

Madrona Way is lined with beautiful, red barked, Madrona trees. The road goes west from Coupeville for three miles to highway 20 along scenic Penn Cove, the mussel farm and Kennedy Lagoon. Sadly it looks like about 70% – 80% of the trees are dying. I don’t know if anything is being done to try and save them. Doing a quick search on the internet it sounds like it could be one of several causes; foliage diseases, branch dieback and trunk canker diseases, and root diseases.


It was good to see you all today as we had a nice four mile walk, whew! I hope to see you again tomorrow.

COULD SPRING BE CLOSE – February 24, 2017

I didn’t walk yesterday because we had a dusting of snow and slush. It continued, off and on, all morning.

This morning it looked threatening and was 36 degrees F again but I went for it and I’m glad I did. The sky was like this all the way around Coupeville but blue skies and sunshine on our wee town.


Despite the snow and cold there are definite signs of spring such as this budding Pussy Willow Tree.


Another sign of spring is the spring cleaning going on around town evidenced here by the pressure washing of the boat dock at the Coupeville Wharf. You can see where he’s already cleaned the far side and it looks great! I’m sure they are getting it ready for Penn Cove MusselFest – Coupeville’s March tradition. It’s going to happen next weekend, ya’ll come!


Now onward to the weekend which I hope will be fun for everyone. Thanks for walking with me this week and I’ll be back next week!

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE… February 13, 2017

It was a little on the chilly side again this morning but I just bundled up and went for it. I turned around part way up the street that goes past my house and liked what I saw. I decided I’d share my neighborhood with you this morning.

The closest house on the left, with the portable garage, is our home. Inside the portable garage is the teardrop camper trailer I’m building although not a lot is going on these days because there’s just no way to heat it. The good news is warmer weather is on the way in the not too distant future.

It’s obviously trash and recycle pickup day and you can see Penn Cove in the background.


I must have several hundred photos of the Coupeville Wharf but I never get tired of it and I hope you don’t either. This morning I liked the lighting, reflection and Mt. Baker in the background. It also looks cold which is so true.


I hope that gets your week started and you’ll come back and walk with me again real soon. Enjoy your week ahead!

HIGH TIDE – March 11, 2016

Finally, a beautiful morning for a walk around Coupeville.

The first thing I noticed at the end of our street was the high tide. For the last couple of days we’ve had some extremely high tides and this morning was no exception.

This is the boat ramp and dock. The ramp at a normal high tide is level or a little down on the dock. This morning it was up and the boat launch was full of water beyond the actual ramp. It’s hard to see but if you look closely, just beyond the left end of the ramp, you can see where drift wood was washed up on shore during the high winds and high tides we had yesterday.


The Coupeville Wharf was beautiful in the morning sun but you can see that the water was lapping at the bottom of the building with the extreme tide. You’ll also notice, in the foreground, all the drift in the water. When we have high tides and strong winds a lot of drift wood gets dislodged from the beaches around Penn Cove and can create a real water hazard for boaters.


And finally it’s “Party Time”, Musselfest 2016!


This weekend the town will be over run with festival goers. There will be a lot of famous Penn Cove Mussels consumed along with a lot of beer. There is also a lot of family friendly activities to enjoy.

This morning it looked like the town was getting ready with two big tents in place. I believe the closest tent will be for the beer garden and the bigger tent in the distance will be for mussel tasting and various activities.


Come tomorrow and Sunday the streets will not look at all like this. They will be covered with people.


After a day of festival going how about a nice dinner and some cool jazz at Ciao Restaurant on Main Street. The most “cool” thing about this is that the jazz group I play drums with will be the entertainment for your listening pleasure. So come join us and say “Hi” to me, I’ll be the one on the drums.


Thanks for walking with me this week and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. If you happen to be in the neighborhood enjoy our festival and hopefully I’ll see you at Ciao.

SPLIT RAIL FENCE – March 4, 2016

Timing is everything and this morning I was off a little bit. I saw the sky starting to “pinken” up so got my shoes on and beat feet for the door. By the time I got to the end of my driveway it was happening. A beautiful sunrise but I could only get a glimpse through my neighbors trees.


I started to fade almost instantly and only lasted for about fifteen minutes. But the neat thing about it were the pastel colors all over the sky. This is looking at the Coupeville Wharf to the west.


Kelly and her fellow city workers have been doing a yeoman’s job on getting the new fence installed along Front Street. Here’s what they accomplished in just one day. I suspect that they’ll be done by the end of today. I really like the rustic look of the split rail cedar.


I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead and get out to enjoy the world beyond!

A SLIPPERY SLOPE – March 2, 2016

Happy March! I’m still trying to figure out what happened to February, my how time flies!

A few weeks ago I mentioned that the bank along Front Street is starting to erode and fall away. Well it’s gotten worse with all the winter high tides and high winds. Here’s a good example of the problem.


As you can see it’s falling off in big chunks.

Here’s a picture of the same area from the water side. I doesn’t look anywhere near as dramatic but gives you an idea of what’s at stake.


The Town of Coupeville has added a lot more barriers along the road keeping people off the trail that is near the edge of the bank. In this picture you can see the barriers and at the far end a city worker is marking out the road where then new trail will be. They are going to build a fence next to the road and paint stripes on the road to indicate the path.


The rest of my walk was uneventful although the sky in this photo looked a little ominous. I think I’ll call this one “Alone on the Sea”.


As I was leaving the Coupeville Wharf I spotted this U. S. Coast Guard cutter patrolling our little cove. At least I hope that’s all they were doing.


What I love about our walks is that there is always something different to see. I hope you enjoyed it and I will see you again soon.

FOG BANKS – February 16, 2016

After a whole bunch of rain I finally got out for a little walk this morning. My back is still hurting so I’m just taking it ease. I only walked down to the wharf and back.

It was a very cloudy morning so the lighting wasn’t great but I found the low hanging fog banks around Penn Cove rather interesting.

Here’s the Coupeville Wharf as I was heading that way. I like the low hanging clouds behind it.


From the wharf I looked west and noticed a big fog bank hanging over the muscle farm. You can see the muscle processor boat all lit up harvesting today’s catch, yum!


Looking east across Penn Cove you can see the clouds hugging the Cascade Mountain Range.


This photo has nothing to do with fog banks but I just like it. This juvenile seagull is almost done losing it’s gray baby feathers and becoming the beautiful white that the adults exhibit.


As always I hope you enjoyed our walk today. It wasn’t very far but as always there’s something interesting to see around my wee town.