SAD DAY ON THE PRAIRIE – MARCH 10, 3017

The weather gave me a break and I finally got off my derriere and went for a nice four and a half mile walk. I headed out to the Ebey Prairie to check things out. Along the way I spotted a herd of deer.  It’s pretty unusual to see six deer in one spot, but here ya go.

Deer Herd of Six

Then it was on to my final destination and why the sadness on the prairie. One of the most photographed farms on the prairie is the Willowood Farm built in the 1800’s. Here’s one I took a few months back.

Smith Farm Before

Unfortunately it no longer looks like that. Monday night, March 6th, the Smith barn caught fire and burnt to the ground. Here’s a photo from the South Whidbey Record newspaper taken by Whidbey Island Custom Photography.

Smith Barn Fire

Here’s the story in the South Whidbey Record. Not only was the barn a total loss but a lot of their farm equipment was destroyed as well.

The Smith’s have always been a very generous family often letting local groups use their barn for fundraisers. Now they need help! There is a “Go Fund Me” page that has been created for them. If you’d like to help please go to “https://www.gofundme.com/never-finished-farming-smith-barn” and give what you can, thank you.

And here’s the farm today. It’s kind of ironic that the mountains are gone as well as the barn, sort of sobering look. Hopefully with the generosity of many people they’ll have a new barn in the near future although it won’t be the historic one that burnt.

Smith Farm Burnt Barn

Just a comment about this photo, that is not smoke where the barn was, it’s a fog bank across Admiralty Inlet by Port Townsend.

Thanks for walking with me today and with any luck the weather prognosticator will be nicer to us next week. Have a great weekend!

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.

wharf-pier-cleaning

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.

madrona-trees-dying

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

LET IT SNOW – February 28, 2017

Welcome to the last day of February. It’s hard to believe that the month is over already.

Unfortunately I will not be walking on this last day because it’s snowing and snowing hard. That’s just not very conducive to a nice “walk and gawk”.

The good news is that I don’t have to be anywhere and it is lovely!

snow

Just a little update on “The Birds” from yesterday’s blog. My friend Carmen wrote that the house on the left actually feeds the seagulls and that’s why they hang out there. I’m just glad she’s not my neighbor!

Have a grand day and then onward to March and some more good walks.

Bird Houses – February 27, 2017

This morning I decided to start the week off with a nice easy three mile walk. As it turns out that was a great decision. It ended up being 3.3 miles and the last three tenths of a mile was in the rain and sleet, it was 35 degrees F!

Along the way I spotted these two “Bird Houses” that seem to have a propensity for attracting seagulls. Of the 3.3 miles I walk these were the only houses with seagulls, I really am curious as to what’s attracting them to that particular location.

seagle-house

Here’s  a couple of close-ups of the two roofs.

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Out at the high school ball field, along the edge of the Ebey Prairie, I spotted this sign on one of the dugout’s. It sounds like the Coupeville Wolves are really getting serious about winning this year.

dugout

And now I’ll hang up and dry off! Thanks for walking with me and onward to a new week!

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.

clouds

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

pussy-willow-buds

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!

pressure-washing-dock

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!

DRAMATIC SKIES – February 22, 2017

What better way to start the day than with a nice four mile walk around Coupeville. So get your shoes on and let’s go!

I spotted this boathouse at the bottom of a cliff by Penn Cove. I liked all the nautical stuff they’ve attached to the outside. My camera was zoomed all the way in to get this photo.

boathouse

I’ve taken a number of photos of this old Walnut tree but I thought with the dramatic sky it would make a nice silhouette and it certainly did. Captain Thomas Coupe, the namesake of Coupeville, and his wife Maria lived in the house you can just barely see at the bottom of this photo. Maria planted this walnut tree in the mid 1850’s.

coupe-walnet-tree

I don’t do a lot of panorama’s but the dramatic sky this morning was begging for it. This is looking north across Penn Cove.

dramatic-sky-panorama

Thanks for joining me on this beautiful hump day! I hope to walk with you again soon.

A SIGN OF HOPE – February 21, 2017

After a drippy morning yesterday, that kept me inside, I was able to get out this morning and enjoy a nice 3.5 mile walk. It was overcast but no rain.

The first thing I noticed was the face in the tree, the same one I showed you last Friday. I found a better angle and I think it’s easier to see it in this photo.

tree-face

I made a point of going by the Clapp house to see how progress on the roofing was coming along. One side is done and the other side is moving right along. I’d expect they will be done soon, maybe tomorrow.

clapp-house-roof

And finally a “Sign of Hope” that spring isn’t too far away. These tiny flowers must know something that’s not apparent to me especially when the weather prognosticator is predicting snow this coming Friday!

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That’s a wrap for this Tuesday. Thanks for walking with me and we may do it again tomorrow if it doesn’t rain.