FROSTY MORNING – December 6, 2017

WOW! What a beautiful morning. These chilly mornings are providing some incredible light for photography, I love it!

On my short 2.5 mile walk I took 75 photos which I finally edited down to three. I really didn’t want to bore you with the rest. So let’s get started.

Walking down Front Street, along Penn Cove, going into town, I spotted this beautiful yacht with incredible sky and water reflections.

Yacht on Penn Cove

When I got to the Coupeville Wharf I did not walk out and around the building as I usually do, it was way too slick with the frost on the wood deck. Instead I took this nice photo.

Frosty Wharf

Walking up the trail to Coupeville Town Park I looked across Penn Cove to capture this sleepy little community, in the haze, on the other side.

Across Penn Cove Fog

I hope you enjoyed the walk and these photos as much as I did. With any luck I may have some more tomorrow as our clear cool weather continues.

NOLYMPICS – December 5, 2017

This morning it was absolutely beautiful outside. It was a chilly 34 degrees F and the sun was oh so slowly rising. I decided to head for Ebey Prairie because I thought the Olympic Mountains would be spectacular in the morning sun with a bunch of new snow on top.

This us what I expected to see: (This is from January 2016)

Sunny Olympics

This is what greeted me:

Cloudy Olympics

It’s a nice photo but where are the mountains?

On the other side of the island Mt. Baker was just the opposite with a large amount of nice fresh snow reflecting the morning sunshine.

Mt Baker

Along the way I spotted Mr. and Mrs. Clause. They were a couple of the nicest wall hangings I’ve seen. I don’t know what they were made from but they sure did look real, or maybe surreal!

Mr Mrs Clause

Speaking of Santa Clause, look who came by our house last night and gave us some candy canes.

Santa Clause Firetruck

Every year the fire department travels the streets of Coupeville with Santa and his reindeer spreading Christmas cheer 🙂

Thanks for walking with me and I look forward to having you join me again real soon.

“COOL” MOON – December 4, 2017

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In case you weren’t paying attention, last night we had a “Supermoon” which some people called a “Cool Moon”. It was a the only full supermoon of 2017. The moon appeared 7 percent larger and 16 percent brighter than usual since it was at perigee.

All I really know is that it was beautiful and bright. Here it is as I left the house for my walk.

Cool Moon

A little closer to the Coupeville Wharf I captured this stunning photo of the Supermoon over the wharf and reflecting on Penn Cove.

Cool Moon & Wharf

As I was walking along I spotted a guy doing something in a garage. I just had to stop and talk to him because the garage was just recently restored with the help of Ebey Forever Fund. They help preserve old buildings in Coupeville and the Ebey Reserve.

He was the owner and told me that the garage was built early in Coupeville’s development which means sometime between 1853 and 1865. The wood used to repair the structure was all from the same era. He pointed out a cedar corner board that had some material in the nail holes. The wood came from an old farmhouse from that same era and the material was wallpaper. It’s now good for another 150 years or more.

Old Garage

Thanks for walking with me and I think we’ll do it again real soon. It’s supposed to be nice for most of the week ahead.

Christmas Lite – November 29, 2017

I apologize for the lack of blogging but the weather has really been bad lately and not conducive to taking photos. This morning it was nicer but remains dark for a long time, again making photographing of my wee island town difficult. The sun just starts to break over the horizon at 7:40 and it rises very slowly. It’s going to get worse before it gets better.

Anyway, I did get a couple of photos this morning so get your shoes on and lets got walking!

A friend of mine said that he’s going to decorate his house “Grizwald Lite”. I think I know what he’s talking about. Here are a couple of screen captures from “Christmas Vacation” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.

Grizwald

Whoville

Here’s “Christmas Lite” and I really like it!

Decorated House copy

On my way home I swung by the Coupeville Wharf and it looked like the seagulls were having a convention. I wonder what they were all talking about?

Seagulls at Wharf copy

With another break in the weather I’ll be back tomorrow or not! Keep your shoes on 😉

WIDOW’S WATCH – November 24, 2017

A belated “Happy Thanksgiving Day”, I hope yours was as wonderful at ours; family, food, friendship!

We’ve had some really nasty walking weather lately so that’s why it’s been so quiet on the Coupeville Impressions Blog. But that all changed today with a nice three mile walk. Forty-five degrees F, light breeze and most importantly, no rain!

I thought this photo was kind of interesting with the muted outside light and the yellow/orange glow from the interior lights through the window of the 1894 John Gould house.

This Italianate style house is one of my favorites. I call this one “Widow’s Watch” because of the telescope or binoculars on the tripod in the window. It made me think of a time when this house was built and a sailors wife would look out to sea waiting for his return. Many times though, the sailor did not return hence the term “Widow’s Watch”.

Gould House 1894

Not far from there I spotted an eagle in my favorite walnut tree planted by Maria Coupe in the late 1800’s. He’s a little hard to spot in this silhouette but look up and to the left a bit.

Eagle in Walnut Tree

A little while back I posted a blog about the Jerome Ely house that was moved from Oak Harbor to Coupeville. I swung by there this morning and the footing has been poured and the foundation forms are in place.

Jerome Ely House foundation

I also made a video of the move, at least through the first two turns. It started to get dark and sprinkle. If you’d like to see the video click “HERE“.

Thanks for hanging around to walk with me and now on to a nice weekend, make it a good one!

POWERFUL SUNRISE – November 7, 2017

I walked out the door this morning into a powerful sunrise. I was afraid it would fizzle by the time I got down to Penn Cove but it lasted a very long time.

So without any delay here ya go!

First up a Great Blue Heron flying over a red Penn Cove. While this is a nice photo it’s too grainy to blown up and print.

Heron Red Sea

Along the way I caught Mt. Baker in the blazing sunrise.

Mt Baker Sunrise

And finally a look over Whidbey Island from the Coupeville boat launch.

Orange Colored Sky

I believe it was well worth the effort to get bundled up and walk a few miles on this chilly morning. Thanks for joining me, your company helps keep me warm!

LOOKING UP – November 6, 2017

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This chilly morning walk found me looking up at the buildings along Historic Front Street in Coupeville. Then next time your in Coupeville your should look up, you’ll see some interesting thing and some historic things.

Let’s start with a mermaid. Hanging in the second story window of Aqua Gifts you’ll see a mermaid.

Aqua Gifts Mermaid

Across the street is the old Glenwood Hotel built in 1889. It now house McPherson and McPherson Law Offices. Up in the third story window is a lady in waiting for her sailor man to come home.

Lady In Waiting

On the side of the 1886 Coupeville Cash Store, which now houses Whidbey Isle Yarns and Far From Normal, is what appears to be a small French balcony.

Fremch Balcony

A not often talked about practice in Coupeville and many other historic waterfront towns was the privy’s built at the back of buildings where people would go to the bathroom which immediately went into the water and flushed out to sea by the tides.

There is still one building that is rumored to have and old privy like that but is never used.  That would be the 1916 Benson Confectionery which today is the Kingfisher Book Store. I believe this outcropping on the back of the build is where it is. Part of it is a deck but part of it is enclosed.

Benson Privy

At the west end of Front Street is Gillespie’s Livery built as Terry’s Dryer in 1897. The old “Gillespie’s Livery- Drayage  On Short Notice” sign still hangs from the peek of the building. There are a number of different business that now reside there.

Gillespie's Livery

I hope you enjoyed that little tour. Anytime you’re in a new town it always pays to look up, there are always little treasures to be seen.

Thanks for walking with me and we’ll try to do it again tomorrow.