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 🙂

FIZZLED SUNRISE – September 13, 2017

This morning I headed out the door early because I could see that there was a spectacular sunrise about to happen. There were lots of interesting clouds and with the forest fires in Eastern Washington it should be fantastic.

I walked really fast out to the Ebey Prairie to be in position for it to happen. Along the way I spotted this bank of tule fog behind this beautiful farm. The trees kind of look like they are on an island.

Farm Tule Fog

An then it started to happen! I caught it at it’s peak which kind of fizzled. I did manage to get a nice photo but not what I was expecting.

Cloudy Sunrise

On my way back home I got one last peek at the waning sunrise. I spotted these clouds with the highlighted edges that only lasted for about thirty seconds. I think it’s at least interesting.

Pink Edged Clouds

And that’s all I got for a three mile walk. Thanks for joining me and hopefully we’ll do it again tomorrow!

GOING, GOING … – July 6, 2017

This morning’s walk was during what photographers call the “Golden Hour”. That’s the hour just after the sun comes up. Everything has a golden glow to it.

I walked out to the Ebey Prairie again and just had to take another picture of this farm building. I’ve been taking pictures of it for years and it continues to just barely hang on. I’d guess that in another year it will be gone of at least completely overgrown.

Colapsing Shed

Yesterday I showed you “White Roses and Rust”, this morning I give you “Red Roses and Rust”. This old Allis-Chalmers tractor has long retired from service but still makes a pretty picture.

Allis-Chalmers Tractor and Red Roses

It’s great to see you again, have a nice day!

INDEPENDENCE DAY – July 4, 2017

Happy Birthday America! 241 Years and counting. Today would be a good day to read the Deceleration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America, after all that’s what it’s all about.

Clapp House

Today’s walk will be 4.6 miles at a brisk pace, I hope you can keep up. We’re going out to Ebey’s Prairie for the first time in quite a while, but first.

I spotted a new mailbox and thought I’d share it. I believe whoever owns it must be a fisherman or perhaps a fisher-woman.

Fish Mailbox

There’s a lot going on this time of year as planting and harvesting is well underway on the prairie. This is one time I wish I was able to share the smell of this fresh cut alfalfa hay. It took me right back to Nebraska where I spent my youth. The Olympic Mountains are in the background. They’ve lost a lot of snow since winter.

Alfalfa Hay

I’ve taken pictures of the rusty farm equipment at Sherman’s farm before and now here’s another one. I love white roses and rust!

White Roses and Farm Equipment

And I spotted another young “White Deer”. This one still has some of the darker hair but it will be all white once it’s fully grown.

White Deer

Thanks for walking with me and I hope you have a fun and safe Fourth of July.

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.

farm-and-olympics

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