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.

 

MORE FRANK – September 12, 2017

Perhaps you’ve heard the musical comment “More Cowbell”. Well this mornings walk presented another photo op for “More Frank”. But first…

I spotted this Madrona tree basking in the golden morning light. It certainly did make the red bark pop! There are a lot of Madrona trees here in Coupeville and mornings like this really makes them special.

Madrona Tree

And, as promised, “More Frank”! I really like this silhouette of Frank, our resident Great Blue Heron, against the morning sky looking over Penn Cove.

Frank - Sailboat - Sunrise

That’s it! I only walked two miles this morning but at least I got out and walked, that’s what’s important. I hope you walk as well and not just with me.

A DIFFERENT DAY – August 15, 2017

As you’ve seen in my recent blogs we’ve had stellar sunrises. Well today was a different day and with it came different weather. It’s cloudy and we have some fog so like my brother Ron always says: “On a foggy day take foggy photos”. Works for me! Here’s the Coupeville Wharf taken from the end of my street.

Foggy Wharf

There is a beautiful old house that I just love. I believe it’s a bed and breakfast but not sure. I like the bright yellow paint with the white trim, very classy.

Yellow House Before

Well that’s about to change. They are painting it and I have to say, I’m not crazy about their color choice. It’s like a blue/purple/black color. It may be striking when they are done but I think I prefer the yellow.

Yellow House After

It seems like every week there are more and more deer. We saw a doe with two new fawns just yesterday, I believe it might be the second batch this year. Taking care of all those kids must wear them out. Here’s a pair just resting in the tall grass.

Deer Resting

I have a neighbor who’s a retired art teacher and he is always putting up interesting art in his yard and gardens. This one caught my eye this morning with the sunflower in front of it.

Art and Sunflower

And that wraps up Tuesday’s walk. I hope you enjoyed it, I sure do enjoy the company from all of you. Have a great day!

55 DAYS – August 14, 2017

Good morning my friends! We got a little rain yesterday and I mean a little, .01″, but it was enough to stop our record run of the most days without any measurable rain. The old record was 52 days and we smashed it this year.

Of course the bad news is, because we live on an island water is limited. We don’t have any snow pack, rivers, streams or large reservoirs, only well water. So to discourage wasting water on things like washing cars or watering lawns our water bill almost doubles.

You can really tell the people who don’t seem to understand all of this. Here’s what we don’t like to see. Probably just the opposite where you live.

Green Lawn

By contrast here is a beautifully kept lawn here in Coupeville on Whidbey Island. Oh, by the way, it’s mine 🙂

Home Brown Lawn

Moving on to this morning’s walk. With an on-shore breeze and a little rain, most of the smoke from the Canadian forest fires has been cleared out but that doesn’t mean our spectacular sunrises are gone.

I timed my walk perfectly this morning to be on the Coupeville Wharf right when the sun was breaking over the horizon, Cascade Mountains and Penn Cove. This first one is my friend “Frank”, the Great Blue Heron, sitting on his favorite lamp post with sailboats in the background.

Frank Sunrise Sailboats

A few minutes later the sun was up a little more and I captured this photo and I really like it.

Sunrise Sailboats

And then as the sun rose even more I was able to frame “Frank” in front of the sun making for a nice silhouette.

Frank Sunrise Silhouette

So that’s it for this Monday. I hope you have a great week ahead and we are able to walk some more as the week goes along. Thanks for stopping by.

ON THE BEACH – July 17, 2017

I don’t know where to start! I shot 96 photos this morning and more than enough came out either really good or quite interesting. I’m not going to overload you with pictures or it would end up like my dad’s slide shows of our vacations 😉

So I’ll show you some today and more on another slow day sometime.

I walked the beach from the end of our street to the Coupeville Wharf, that’s about three-quarters of a mile. I’ll show you the wildlife today and interesting stuff later.

I first stumbled upon a Great Blue Heron and deer. I call this picture “Frank ‘n Deer”.

Frank n Deer

As I got closer the Heron decided it was time to skedaddle and took flight.

Great Blue Heron

Penn Cove is often called the “Mussel Capital of the World” be cause we raise some of the best mussels in the world and they are plentiful, as this picture shows. The rock is covered with barnacles and mussels.

Mussels on the Beach

Mussels also like to cling to pilings. These are the pilings leading to the wharf. It looks like there are a lot of people visiting our wee town by boat. I’ll bet many of the are enjoying our mussels which are served at all the local restaurants.

Beneath the Wharf

On the way back home I spotted this eagle soaring through the sky. What a lovely way to start the day.

Eagle wings up

Thanks for joining me on this beautiful Monday morning. I hope you have a great week ahead and I’ll do the same.

HERE COMES THE SUN – July 5, 2017

Let me start off by saying that I really do know how to spell “Declaration” and no I don’t believe our independence is “Decelerating”, but yesterday I miss typed it and the spell checker didn’t catch it. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it!

This morning we’re going to have a short walk around Coupeville. I’ve got a lot on my plate today that I’ll share with you tomorrow.

When photographing a sunrise, timing is everything, especially when you are walking. Most people would leave early, drive to a spot, get set up and wait for the sun but not me. I left early, walked as quickly as I could to a good spot and the sun was just starting to crest the Cascade Mountain Range.

Here Comes The Sun

I waited a couple of minutes and the sun was almost up and starting to shed its morning colors onto Mount Baker.

Mt Baker Sunrise

By the time I got up the trail to Coupeville Town Park and turned around the sun was up and everything was awash in gold!

Wharf Sunrise

While processing this last photo I saw what looked like a large land mass in the upper right corner, like a huge mountain or something but it’s not really there. What it turned out to be was the shadow from the cliff against a hazy sky. The sun reflecting on the water is what’s creating it, pretty cool, eh?

Finally I have another nice heritage house for you that’s for sale. It’s the Hasselgrave House built in 1890. It has been very well maintained and has a view of Penn Cove. It can be yours for a mere $529,000.

Hesselgrave House 1890

Thanks for joining me today I really appreciate the company. I you like my blogs please share them with your friends by suggesting they sign up to receive them in an email or share them on Facebook. I appreciate that 🙂

FOR SALE – July 3, 2017

Welcome to July! It’s the time of year to plug your ears and be safe.

Speaking of safe, here on Whidbey Island we have lots of deer and right now there are many fawns running all over the place. There’s a saying here on the island; ” You will almost hit a deer, you know someone who has hit a deer or you have hit a deer!”

With the in mind it looks like the parents of the fawns are teaching them some good lessons. I spotted this fawn crossing with the light in a crosswalk. Pretty smart if you ask me.

Deer Crossing

The sunrise this morning was very dark and dramatic. So get your shoes on and let’s go!

Sunrise

I know many of you live in my small town through my blogs but if you are thinking about moving here I found some opportunities for you. First up this lovely old Victorian is for sale. It certainly needs some work but could be a real show place. From the pictures in the listing it looks like the interior could be brought back to what it looked like in the late 1800’s.

Victorian House For Sale

Of course if you’re going to live here you’ll need something to do. How about owning and running a garden business. “Sally’s Garden” is for sale. It’s been in business for eighteen years so it’s well established and everything goes with it.

Sally's Garden

Sally's Garden Sale Sign

Or how about starting your own business from scratch. Here’a prime building on historic Front Street. It’s the 1936 Tom Howell’s Barbershop building. It’s a nice space with lots of possibilities.

Tom Howell's Barbershop

And of course the biggest advantage is you’d be able to walk with me around town 🙂 But until then I guess my blog will have to do.

Be safe and come walk with me again tomorrow.

LOVE BIRD’S – June 30, 2017

Two days in a row, how about that?

This morning I’ll take you on a little over three mile walk around Coupeville. It was a foggy morning so it made taking photographs a little tricky but like my brother Ron always says, “On a foggy day take foggy pictures”, so that’s what I did.

First up, “The Wharf”. I liked the way these flowers framed the foggy wharf.

Foggy Wharf with Flowers

Out on the wharf I looked back at the backside of Coupeville’s Front Street, huh?

Front Street From Wharf Fogg

And then I spotted my old friend “Frank” the Great Blue Heron. Here he’s sitting on his favorite pole, flanked by foggy sailboats in the background that are anchored in Penn Cove.

Frank in Fogg with Boats

He was posing so nice I think he wanted a close up so I obliged. Frank’s happy now and I got a great shot.

Frank in Fogg

And finally on the backside of the wharf, on the gas dock, were two Pigeon Guillemont’s kissing! It was a beautiful display of affection as they kissed over and over. Is nature great or what?

Pigeon Guillemont Kiss

That should wrap this week and now onward to what should be the start of the Fourth of July holiday.

Thanks for walking with me and I’ll knock on your door soon so we can do it again.

 

I’M STILL HERE – June 29, 2017

Well hello boys and girls! I know it’s hard to believe but I’m still here. I’ve been busy with my two main projects, building a teardrop camping trailer from scratch and restoring my 1960, Series I, Sunbeam Alpine, sports car. Neither one of them is done but I needed a break and what better way to take a break then walking. So get your shoes on and let’s go.

We’ll only walk about two and a half miles this morning, down through town, up through the Coupeville Town Park and back home.

The first thing to show you is the new roof on the Captain Joseph Clapp house. If you remember the old roof had a couple of holes that were letting rain in. Well, thanks to the “Ebey’s Forever Historic Preservation Grant Program” the new roof was installed and the old Clapp house should be preserved for another 131 years.

Before:

cptn-joseph-clapp-house-1886

After:

Cptn Joseph Clapp House New Roof

Going through town I saw that they were finally making some great progress restoring the old “Mad Crab” restaurant building that was housed in the old 1866 Robertson’s Store building. It’s no longer going to be the “Mad Crab” but instead there will be shops and other businesses.

Mad Crab

Walking up the trial to the Town Park a Great Blue Heron scared the crap out of me as it took flight with great fanfare, squawking and yelling all the way. It landed in another tree where I had this great peek-a-boo view of it.

Frank in Tree

On the way back home I spotted this beautiful trawler anchored out on Penn Cove with more of Whidbey Island in the far shore. Oh what a beautiful morning!

Trawler

Thank you so much for walking with me today. I’ll really try to do more walking in the future. I know how much you enjoy our walks and It’s really good for me.

See you soon and keep walking!

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!