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.

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!