SOME FALL COLORS – October 16, 2017

I got in what might be the last walk of the week. Nothing but rain in the forecast from this evening on through the week. The weather prognosticators are even warning of potential flooding!

Not only did I get some nice fall colors we also had a nice sunrise that made for some interesting shots.

This photo was taken yesterday afternoon in front of my house. It’s our fine leaf maple and every year it seems to get more beautiful.

Fine Leaf Maple

This one was a little closer to town center. The morning sunrise really made the colors pop!

Fall Maple Tree

As day break was just starting to happen I captured the town coming to life on Front Street. This is what goes on while the rest of Coupeville sleeps. The delivery trucks and garbage truck were getting the shops ready for another day of fine dining and the exploration of our many little shops.

Food Trucks Front Street

I walked through Krueger Woods and as I was leaving the east end of the trail I snapped this one of another walker heading into the beautiful sunrise.

Kreuger Woods and Walker

And finally I found another “Haunting of Coupeville” witch display. This one is at Ciao Italian Restaurant where my band, the Island Jazz Collective, plays. The Wicked Witch is wreaking havoc along with the Flying Monkeys. To my eyes this is the best display!

Ciao Witch

With that we start another week. I hope it’s good for you I’m positive it will be for me. With any luck I’ll be back tomorrow for our morning walk but it could be a washout, stay tuned.

YET MORE WITCHES – October 11, 2017

This morning I managed to bang out three and a half miles on my walk. There were a bunch of new witches bewitching Coupeville. It’s all part of “The Haunting of Coupeville“.

First stop, Sherman’s Pioneer Produce Farm with their painted hay rounds.

Sherman Farm Hay Rounds

Most of these witches are self explanatory. I tried to include the business that is sponsoring them.

Penn Cove Taproom Witch

Coupevill Library Witch

Bay Leaf Witch

Coupeville Elementary School

Coupeville Elementary School Witch

Central Whidbey Lions Club

Lions Clubl Witch

And finally my “Phantastic Photo of the Day”. Out on Ebey Prairie the sunrise developed but with lots of clouds above and below. I thought it made for a rather interesting photo.

Cloudy Sunrise

I hope I didn’t wear you out buy walking so far, so fast. Yes “fast”, I averaged 3.5 MPH!

Enjoy your hump day and I’ll do the same.

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.

SPOOKY WOODS – September 27, 2017

This morning’s walk took me to and through Krueger Woods. There was some tule fog around which gave it an eerie feel. This is the trail going into the woods.

Kreuger Woods fog 1

The fog didn’t go into the woods so it wasn’t very spooky but coming out the other side was a little strange.

Kreuger Woods fog 2

All in all it was a nice walk but not very many photo ops. I also got to walk part way with my friend “AltheWalker” who walks ten miles every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Good for him!

Have a great “Hump Day” and thanks for joining me today.

THE OLYMPICS – September 22, 2017

This is running a little late because I walked six miles this morning and that took a while. Then I had to sort through the sixty some photos I took and that ate up more of the morning.

I have a couple of corrections for last Wednesday’s blog. First off it wasn’t the first day of fall, today is.

Secondly, Coupeville was established in 1853 not 1953, jeez!

This morning I walked across the Ebey Prairie over to Ebey’s Landing. I wanted to get a good photo of the morning sun just as it was lighting the Olympic Mountains. Happily it didn’t disappoint. Here they are looking across Admiralty Inlet and Port Townsend.

Olympic Mountains first sunlight

This next photo isn’t all that great but it might be of interest to you. It’s a picture of a tug boat going out to meet a very large container ship. My best guess is that it will pull alongside and a Puget Sound ships pilot will board the ship to take it into Puget Sound. The waters can be a little tricky and boat traffic can be a hazard. The pilots always do this with large ships so they arrive at their dock without incident.

Container Ship & Tug

At the Sherman Prairie Produce farm I spotted these huge pumpkins. They are already getting ready for Thanksgiving. They always have great displays and lots of things for families to do, besides buy pumpkins.

Sherman Farm big Pumpkins

Back home our cactus has bloomed for the second time this year. This is the first time that has happened. Usually it gets five to seven blooms in early summer and that’s it. What a fragrant surprise, it smells even better than it looks.

Cactus Flower

Thanks for walking with me this week and now onward to the weekend. I hope you make it a good one 🙂

DRAMATIC CLOUDS – September 19, 2017

This morning’s three mile walk was really too dark to get any good pictures of anything except some very dramatic clouds that were in the east. We do have a 60% chance of rain today so I guess this should be expected.

This one was taken looking east over Pennington Loop in Coupeville.

Dramatic Sky 1

This one is overlooking Penn Cove, again looking east.

Dramatic Sky 2

And that’s all I got! More rain on the way for tomorrow so walking will be hit or miss. Of course I’m always hoping for a “HIT!”

FRONT STREET FALL – September 20, 2017

In the previous post I said Coupeville was established in 1953, it should have been 1853, that makes a lot more sense.

Welcome to “Fall” 2017. After the most fantastic summer I can every remember we now transition into fall.

This mornings three mile walk showed me signs of fall on Front Street as well as some nice photographs of it.

It seems like most seaside towns have a street along the water named “Front Street” where the towns commerce first developed.

Coupeville was established in 1853 and over the next forty years grew from Front Street on up the hill. Today Front Street still hosts a lot of commerce, mostly in the form of curio shops, gift shops, clothing stores, restaurants and a tavern. Here’s what it looks like at 6:30 in the morning.

Front Street looking east as seen from the trail going from town to the town park.

Front Street Looking East from Trail

Here it is looking east from ground level.

Front Street Sunrise looking east

And the first sign of fall with the leaves on this maple tree changing colors a little early. This is looking west down Front Street.

Front Street Looking West Fall Tree-3

I almost feel like I need to apologize for this next photo but I just couldn’t help myself! Yup, it’s “Frank” again, our resident great blue heron sitting on its favorite lamp post over Penn Cove with the sunrise in the background, enjoy.

Frank Blue Heron at Sunrise from Wharf

Have a great hump day and enjoy the fall season ahead.