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.

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!

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 Coupeville 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 😉

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!!!