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!

FIND THE FACE – February 17, 2017

This morning I walked out to Ebey Prairie and back for a total of 4.2 miles. Along the way a few things caught my eye.

First off I saw this setting in the front yard of a home and thought to myself, “This is what you do when your front porch is too small for the furniture you have 😉

front-yard-seating

Out on the prairie is could see a field of what I think is winter cabbage. It’s got a ways to go but the heads are forming nicely.

cabbage-field

When I saw this tree my first though was that it looked like a frizzy head of hair. I was thinking about Photoshopping a face onto it and then all of a sudden it popped out at me. Do you see the face? It was hard to get a good angle on it but it’s there.

tree-face

 For all you working people it’s TGIF and for use retired people it’s another wonderful day. Thanks for walking with me and enjoy your weekend ahead.

OLYMPIC BACKDROP – January 31, 2017

Can you believe today is the last day of January 2017? Me neither! Where do the go?

I took you on a nice long and brisk 4.6 mile walk that only yielded one good photo. I took a bunch of other photos for a project I’m working on that I’ll share with you later on but for now this is it.

This old farm is on the far side of Ebey Prairie and it just hollers late 1800’s. I’ve taken several photos of this farm over the years but I never get tired of it. I hope you don’t either.

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You’re now free to get on with your day. Thanks for walking with me.

UNSEEN BEFORE – January 27, 2017

I find it amazing that after walking around Coupeville and Ebey Prairie for the last six or seven years I see things that I’ve never seen before, and I’m not talking about things like new homes.

This morning I spotted what I believe is remnents of the old Highway 20 that runs past Coupeville. I saw this guard rail off in the bushes and what looks like an old road bed that leads straight to Black Road which could also be part of the old highway.

old-highway-20

Here’s the new Highway 20 that runs along the old road but much higher due to all the fill.

new-highway-20

I’ve been walking past this old lamp post that’s left of the arched gate for years and never noticed it. Of course it no longer looks much like a lamp post as the growth on top has removed all traces of the lamp. It’s no big, I just really thought it made for a nice photograph.

light-post

Thanks again for walking with me and discovering new things. Have a great Friday and then onward to the weekend.

TIMING’S EVERYTHING – January 20, 2017

The weather has finally broke and the storms have subsided. Fifty mile per hour winds and heavy rains are not very conducive to morning walks and especially taking photos. But this morning it was 43 degrees F, no wind and no rain!

One of the problems with walking and trying to get good landscape photos is timing. This morning I could tell that there was going to be a good sunrise.

I headed out the door and beat feet for Ebey Prairie for a photo I’ve been wanting to take. On the way I saw the sunrise happening but I hadn’t reached my target yet. While it’s a pretty sunrise there seems to always  be things in the way.

Here you see the sunrise with all the power poles and power lines in the way.

sunrise-with-power-poles

When I finally reached the spot I’d hoped for the sunrise photo it had fizzled. You’ll just have to superimpose an image if the first photo over this one. I think it would have been great!

barn-and-sunrise

Oh well maybe next time.

Thanks for joining me this morning and now onward to the weekend!

“HERE COMES THE SUN” – January 6,2017

“HERE COMES THE SUN” – January 6,2017

It’s amazing what eight degrees warmer will do for getting my butt out the door and walking. This morning it was 30 degrees F so I hit the bricks.

I got out a little before sunrise so I headed for Ebey Prairie in hopes of catching a nice sunrise and it did not disappoint. “Here Comes The Sun”!

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I have taken a number of photos of this old garage/shed and every time it looked worse and worse. This morning was pretty much the end of the line. It still makes for a nice photo but not much of a shelter.

falling-down-shed

On the way back home St. Mary’s Catholic Church caught my eye. Here’s a little history on this beautiful old church.

In January, 1889, a committee was appointed to solicit money ($1000) to build a church, and in June of 1889 they began building.

The church was officially dedicated as the “First Congregational Church of Coupeville” on January 26, 1890.

In the year 1890, there arrived in Coupeville a bell from the McShane Bell Foundry of Baltimore, Maryland. It weighed 800 pounds, was made of “bell metal” – i.e. 80% copper, and 20% tin, and cost $205.00. It was a gift to the church and was inscribed as follows: “O Come, Let Us Worship” Presented to the First Congregational Church, Coupeville by T.W. Calhoun & E.J. Hancock 1890.

In June of 1934 the Congregational Community sold the church and dormitory to the Catholic Church for $1500. The new Catholic Church was named St. Mary’s, and her pastor was Fr. John E. O’Brien.

st-mary

I hope you have a great weekend and will come walk with me again next week!

KISSED BY THE SUN – January 25, 2016

This morning turned out great and I hope you enjoy the walk.

Being a “walking” photographer it can be hard to time things with the sun and the weather. There are just so many variables that change so quickly.

Some days it looks promising and like last Friday which was a wash out. Other days start to develop but by the time I get to a good spot it has fizzled.

This morning it looked a little iffy with lots of clouds around but as I got closer to the prairie I could see that sun was just kissing the tops of the Olympic Mountain Range. I kept walking faster and faster to try and find the best photo spots. I was almost running the last mile. But it was all worth it.

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Instead of it fading fast it just kept getting better and better. This was taken above Ebey’s Landing overlooking Admiralty Inlet with the Port Townsend Lighthouse just below the Olympics.

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There is a historical marker just above Ebey’s Landing, where I took the above photo, that tells of the location where Colnel Isaac N. Ebey was not just “killed by Indians” but beheaded. I don’t remember the whole story but it was a revenge killing for the killing of a chief’s son. Ebey did not kill the chief’s son but was in a position of power so they chose him to get even.

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On my way back I spotted my friends Al-the-Walker and Deborah walking the high ridge along Ebey Reserve. I’m sure they were getting a spectacular view from up there.

Here’s how far away they were and then the closest I could get with my telephoto.

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And that starts the last week of January 2016, hard to believe. Thanks for walking with me I always enjoy the company.