TALL SHIP AND EAGLE – May 21, 2018

Good morning, and a good one it is! The sun is back out and so am I, so get you shoes on and let’s go.

On my way to the Coupeville Wharf, to look at the Hawaiian Chieftan tall ship, I spotted this beautiful eagle perched atop a pine tree. The morning sun really made it pop.

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This weekend we celebrated “Sail Fest” in Coupeville. There were three large sailboats in Penn Cove, the Suva, Cutty Sark and Hawaiian Chieftain. The two smaller boats were gone but the tall ship was still docked. Here’s an aft view.

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This is the bow with the masthead.

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It’s so fun to see this great ship docked at the wharf. It congers up images of what it must have been like back in the middle to late 1800’s. Perhaps this is what it looked like way back then.

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I hope this gets your week of to a good start, I know it did mine. I hope to walk with you again soon.

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!

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”.

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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.

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

STILL AROUND – July 16, 2015

Hi All!

I know I’ve been missing in action but I’m still around.

I thought once the weather got nicer I’d be walking and blogging more but along with good weather came many projects that I put off during the winter months. We even went camping for a week.

Anyhow I thought I’d let you know that I’m doing just fine and will post a blog whenever I get a chance. In the meantime I thought I’d share a few photos that I’ve taken recently.

First a couple of flower shots from around our house. These flowers are on our front porch.

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These Daisies are volunteer and just exploded this year.

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Last weekend we went to a crab feed at my sister-in-law and her husband’s home here on the island. They have a wonderful view of Honeymoon Bay where I spotted this eagle begging me to take it’s picture. It was a very long ways away but I was able to zoom in with my little Canon SX30is. They are kind of grainy but you get the idea.

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I hope you are having a great summer and doing lots of walking even if it isn’t with me.

EAGLE AND SAILBOAT – May 29, 2015

Sorry for the hiatus but I’ve been working really hard getting our house ready for painting. Who knew that taking things like shutters and other things off the house could take so much time. Also I wanted to pressure wash all the decks and cement areas before they paint so I’ve been working all day, every day, this week.

But this morning I did manage to get out for a little walk before I hit it again. On the way to the Coupeville Wharf I spotted this beautiful eagle sitting on a post by our boat launch at the end of our street.

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I tried to get a little closer but unfortunately scared it away.

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Walking out on the wharf this sailboat caught my eye with the rather dramatic sky behind it. As you can see there’s wasn’t much of sunrise today.

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And now an update on Toby’s Tavern restoration.

They have the upper parts of the building done with new boards and paint. Next I believe they will  be adding the eve, bringing it back to the way it looked in 1900.

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I like the corbels they added along the top.

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Stay tuned, there’s more to come. But now it’s time to get on with your weekend. Thanks for walking with me today!

EAGLE, SEAL AND CORMORANT OH MY – April 21, 2015

This morning we had flat, gray skies. Not real great for landscapes but it still managed to get some interesting shots. So get suited up and let’s go.

First stop, this big eagle out on Ebey Prairie powering up for the day.

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Then back to the Coupeville Wharf where I found this Harbor Seal trying to hide from me. Every time I pointed my camera it would dive. Finally I got one photo showing more than just rippling water.

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As I got around to the other side of the wharf this Cormorant popped up. It was every bit as hard to capture as the seal. I believe there is a code among the animals that if you see a camera pointing your way count to three and dive!

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Some of you have commented that you’d like to see more of the old Coupeville buildings. I liked the looks of the Gillespie Meat Market building built in 1887. Today Collections, clothing and jewelry store, is housed in the front and the Port of Coupeville in the back. It sits right at the end of Coupeville Wharf which seems quite appropriate for a port office.

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Thanks for walking with me today, what a great way to start the week. I’m not sure how much we’ll get to walk the rest of the week as there are off and on showers forecast for the rest of the week.

FEEL THE POWER

This morning was overcast but it mostly burned off by the time I got home. It made for a nice comfortable walk, don’t you agree? 😉

The first thing that caught my eye was this huge eagle recharging it’s batteries on top of this power pole. I’m sure he was “Feeling The Power”!

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I look at this “house” almost every day and wonder what it would be like to live there. It might be perfect for the person who really wants to “downsize” big time.

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Oh boy it’s getting to be that time. It won’t be long before the jets aren’t the only thing keeping us up at night.

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I’m not sure how the Coupeville High School Wolves did at baseball this year but I thought their backstop made for a nice photo.

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And now for some cuteness. These two fawns were learning how to feast on the ornamental plants in peoples front yards.

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It seems like there is always someone or something watching me as I walk around the “hood”. These two cats certainly were doing their part.

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And I really couldn’t show a picture of cats without including our own Ms. Kitty Kitty, she would be so jealous 🙂

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For you good working folks, Happy Hump Day! For us retired folks, Happy Wednesday or Thursday or… well you get the idea.

PEACE

This morning I did a short walk again as I’m still babying the bursitis in my hip. I guess some days are better than others. I’m all new to this bursitis stuff and haven’t got it figured out yet.

There were some angry skies when I left this morning as this weather vane will attest to. By the time I got home it had cleared up some.

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On the way to town I spotted this Osprey or Immature Eagle sitting in a tree with a crow. I always see crows chasing eagles away from their nests and dive bombing them to keep them away. While the crow in this tree didn’t look very happy they weren’t fighting, very unusual.

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Out on the Coupeville Wharf I saw the same Great Blue Heron sitting on the same pole as yesterday only this time I took the photo from out on the wharf, I like it!

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I’ve shared photos of my neighbors International Harvester pickup before but thought this photo came out pretty well.

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Have a wonderful Thursday and “Peace” to you all 🙂

I’M BACK, sort of

I walked this morning for the first time in a few weeks. While I only walked a mile and a half my bursitis didn’t feel too bad. I going to sneak up on it and if it doesn’t get better I’ll probably get a cortisone shot in my hip

I walked down to the wharf and back and here’s what I saw. (You can follow along with the map) I was really surprised how many things have changed in that short amount of time.

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First stop was at John’s house at the end of our street. He’s a retired Art Teacher and has lots interesting things to look at. This is his garden and other stuff.

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By the boat ramp I spotted this Eagle with the sailboat behind and thought it was a great shot!

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This house sold over the winter and went for a relatively cheap price due to the fact that the bank across the road was starting to slip into the cove. It has since stopped and I think it will be many years before it would ever get even close to this house. In the meantime they have applied for permission to turn the space above the garage into a B&B. If it get’s approved there will be another really nice place, with a view, to stay when you come visit.

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If you’ve ever thought about moving to Coupeville this might just be the place for you. While it’s just under $500K it includes the main house that was the Fred Nuttall House, built in 1888, and the cottage behind it, to the left in this photo. You could buy the house and rent out the cottage to help offset the payments.

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Out on the wharf there is a new sign advertising “Sailing lessons, sailboat rental, tours and charters”. Here is the sailboat that it all happens on. It’s a 44 foot Catalina Morgan and looks like it would be fun.

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And back home! Marilyn in on the porch waiting for me on an absolutely beautiful morning in paradise 🙂

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Thanks for walking with me and I hope we can do it again real soon. I have really missed walking with all of you and need to get going again. They may not be long walks for a while but there’s always lots to see and photograph.

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We are into a stretch of weather that is just wonderful. It was 52 F when I went out the door at 5:45am and by the time I got home an hour later it was 60 F, perfect!

When’s the last time you heard the initials “GTE”? Probably June 30th 2000, that’s when they merged with Bell Atlantic and became Verizon. Despite that fact I noticed a pay phone that I walk by almost every day. To my surprise the sign says “GTE”. I really doubt that’s the case but I did find it interesting.

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On my way to Ebey Prairie I couldn’t help but notice the sign at the Coupeville Elementary School. I think maybe the person who put the sign together may have had some help from the kindergartner’s they are talking about. While it’s cute it doesn’t sent a very good example.

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The Olympic Mountains were being kissed by the morning sun so I just had to take this panorama photo. If you click on it you’ll get a nice big view of it.

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This crop is almost ready to harvest. I’m not sure what it is but it sort of looks like wheat but I don’t believe it is.

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And this field was freshly mowed but again I’m not sure what it is. I grew up on a farm in Nebraska where we mostly had corn and that’s my excuse for not knowing what these crops are.

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Way up on a power pole I spotted this immature Eagle. It sat still for one photo but then took off. Fortunately I was able to get one in flight as well.

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And with that, walk on my friends 🙂