AUTUMN AT ITS BEST – October 30, 2017

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It was a beautiful morning around Coupeville and a great day for a long walk. But before I get into that I wanted to share a few photos of our “Torchlight Parade” on Saturday. While there were no torches or floats there was a rather large army of crumb crunchers. As the costumed kids walked down Front Street the local merchants handed out treats. Here’s a shot of the arriving mob lead by the high school cheer squad and fire truck.

Full Parade

Now on to my walk. These red, fall, trees were unbelievable in the morning sunlight.

Red Trees Gray House

The Sherman Prairie Produce farm had this huge display of pumpkins. A nice contrast against the red barn.

Shermans Pumpkins

This big buck scared me as I didn’t see him until I was right next to him. This was right in front of the hospital.

Buck

And now for my “Phantastic Photo of the Day”. I actually took this Saturday afternoon on my way home from the parade. I don’t get many photos late in the day but I’m glad I got the opportunity to capture it. We call that beach house the “Popeye House” because it looks like a place where Popeye would live. Mount Baker is lit by the setting sun.

Mt Baker Sunset Poppey House 2 copy2 copy

I hope you have a fantastic week as we wrap up October. Thanks for spending the time with me.

FALL AROUND TOWN – October 25, 2017

This fall the colors are really spectacular and I wanted to share some scenes from around Coupeville. I took pictures of some buildings that aren’t all that historic or beautiful but I thought you might find then interesting.

Coupeville is the County Seat of Island County. They have a rather large complex in town and this is the old “Island County Court House” with some colorful trees in front.

Island County Court House

In a small town of 1,800 people this is all you need for a Town Hall.

Coupeville Town Hall

Just down the street is the Zylstra House built in 1889. I love this old Victorian!

Zylstra House Fall Leaves

Not far from where I live is the Captain Thomas Coupe Park. It’s a very small park with a boat launch. There are some very nice places to just sit and stair out over Penn Cove. Coupeville is named after Captain Coupe. This garden is maintained by the Coupeville Garden Club. I love the contrast of the Dusty Miller against the dark red tree.

Captain Coupe Park

And I found one more witch this morning. It at “The Crow’s Roost”, gift, art and joy store. It is definitely one of the better ones. The sign says: “Collecting Oz” “Bright & shiny, big or small, even the ticking ones, The Wonders of Oz, to our Roost we bring them all.”

Wizard of Oz

Thanks for walking with me today, I should be back tomorrow as the weather prognosticator says it should be a beautiful day.

MORE TULE FOG – October 24, 2017

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This mornings walk was crystal clear until I got to Ebey Prairie where the tule fog had rolled in. I really like taking photos with tule fog, it really adds a cool effect. I think you’ll agree.

First a pumpkin patch with tule fog in the background. I have to say that those are some tiny pumpkins!

Pumpkin Farm

Looking across Ebey Prairie toward the sunrise and Cascade Mountains.

Ebey Prairie in Fog Cascade Mountains

This photo is also looking east with the Sherman Farm buried in the fog and the Cascade Mountains in the background.

Sherman Farm in Fog Cascade Mountains

I need a little help with the next photo. It’s a beautiful field of ???????  It looks like it might be cabbage but the leaves look fuzzy like Dusty Miller, I’m just not sure but it made for a pretty picture.

Leafy Vegetable Crop

And finally, I found the “Tin Family” dressed in their Halloween costumes. I wonder what kind of threats they like?

Tin Family in Costume

And that completes today’s four and a half mile walk. Thanks for joining me and I’ll try to see you again tomorrow!

CIVIC DUTY – October 23, 2017

I had a nice walk this morning under the clouds but it’s supposed to clear up and be nice the rest of the week. The bad thing about this time of year, especially when it’s cloudy, is it’s really dark!

I like to get my walk in and blog posted early so I can get on to doing other things but now I’m not seeing much light until 7:30 am.

My main mission this morning, besides trying to get some nice photos for you, was to do my civic duty and VOTE! Be sure you do your part to participate in this process, it’s how we can make changes to government.

Ballot Drop Box

This fall colored tree and split rail fence caught my eye. It was still fairly dark out but it was partially illuminated by the street light. I think it made a nice effect.

Fall Trees Split Rail Fence

I posted a photo of our fine leaf maple tree last week and since then it has migrated from yellows to a more reddish hue.

Fine Leaf Maple Front Yard

I hope you are enjoying our fall walks and all the beauty it brings. I plan to be back on the streets tomorrow and I hope you’ll join me.

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!”