NOLYMPICS – December 5, 2017

This morning it was absolutely beautiful outside. It was a chilly 34 degrees F and the sun was oh so slowly rising. I decided to head for Ebey Prairie because I thought the Olympic Mountains would be spectacular in the morning sun with a bunch of new snow on top.

This us what I expected to see: (This is from January 2016)

Sunny Olympics

This is what greeted me:

Cloudy Olympics

It’s a nice photo but where are the mountains?

On the other side of the island Mt. Baker was just the opposite with a large amount of nice fresh snow reflecting the morning sunshine.

Mt Baker

Along the way I spotted Mr. and Mrs. Clause. They were a couple of the nicest wall hangings I’ve seen. I don’t know what they were made from but they sure did look real, or maybe surreal!

Mr Mrs Clause

Speaking of Santa Clause, look who came by our house last night and gave us some candy canes.

Santa Clause Firetruck

Every year the fire department travels the streets of Coupeville with Santa and his reindeer spreading Christmas cheer 🙂

Thanks for walking with me and I look forward to having you join me again real soon.

MORE TULE FOG – October 24, 2017

I’d like to start today by saying; If you are reading this on Facebook please click on the link associated with the picture, that way you get to see all of them. Thanks and enjoy.

This mornings walk was crystal clear until I got to Ebey Prairie where the tule fog had rolled in. I really like taking photos with tule fog, it really adds a cool effect. I think you’ll agree.

First a pumpkin patch with tule fog in the background. I have to say that those are some tiny pumpkins!

Pumpkin Farm

Looking across Ebey Prairie toward the sunrise and Cascade Mountains.

Ebey Prairie in Fog Cascade Mountains

This photo is also looking east with the Sherman Farm buried in the fog and the Cascade Mountains in the background.

Sherman Farm in Fog Cascade Mountains

I need a little help with the next photo. It’s a beautiful field of ???????  It looks like it might be cabbage but the leaves look fuzzy like Dusty Miller, I’m just not sure but it made for a pretty picture.

Leafy Vegetable Crop

And finally, I found the “Tin Family” dressed in their Halloween costumes. I wonder what kind of threats they like?

Tin Family in Costume

And that completes today’s four and a half mile walk. Thanks for joining me and I’ll try to see you again tomorrow!

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!