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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

SHERMAN’S FARM SUNRISE – January 19, 2016

This morning was another dark, cloudy morning but it looked like it had some possibility to turn into a spectacular sunrise. I rushed out the door and beat feet for Ebey Prairie. My plan was to get to the west ridge of the prairie for the sunrise.

Well I got there in time but the sunrise didn’t get the memo! What I ended up with was a shot across the prairie, Sherman’s Farm and the Cascade Mountains in the background.

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Walking on around to the other side of the farm I thought this photo of one of the barns with what look like hay rakes on the roof was pretty good.

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Earlier in my walk Front Street caught my eye. Even though Christmas is over and all the hoopla of New Years is gone the town is still lit up like a party.

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I keep hoping for more light but will take what I can get. Have a wonderful day and as always; “Thanks for walking with me!”

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016 – January 1, 2016

Happy New Year everyone! I almost mistyped the date above. I guess I have something new to get used to.

It’s still really cold out but I thought I’d start out the new year right with a nice 4.5 mile walk around Ebey Prairie. It was a beautiful clear morning and The Olympics were absolutely stellar in the chilly morning light. I put this panorama together but to get the full impact you’ll have to click on it for a much larger view.

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I was going to cut through Kruger Woods on this trail that is really fun to walk because it goes through the dense woods. Fortunately I didn’t go that way as this is what it looked like on the other side of the woods.

The weather right now is fantastic but this reminds us that we had the second wettest fall in history.

I guess I could have brought my ice skates 😉

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And on a local note some good news. Frontier Lumber is opening a store in little ol’ Coupeville, woot!!! Up until now the closest lumber store was in Oak Harbor about fifteen miles away. This is right across the street from the high school gym in the old Pro Lumber store. They are opening on Monday the 4th. I’ll be there to cheer them on.

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I hope you have a wonderful year and I’ll do the same. As always, “Thanks for walking with me!”

RACCOON AND FAWN – June 22, 2015

I trust you all had a nice Father’s Day Solstice weekend. Our weather was perfect and I’m sure many picnic baskets were emptied.

This morning I walked three and a half miles and as usual found some things from around Coupeville to share.

First I noticed this raccoon and as I was getting my camera turned on and positioned it started running at me! I snapped this photo and then looked out from behind the camera and it was gone. It just disappeared into thin air. But then I noticed the culvert running under a driveway and that’s where it disappeared.

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Just up the road from the raccoon was a family of deer with this tiny fawn posing nicely for me. I just love this time of year when all the babies are out and about.

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One thing we seem to have plenty of are sitting places to enjoy the wonderful views of Penn Cove. This sitting spot is in front of a house just up the road from us. They have a great view and what a fabulous place to sit watch the sun go down.

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Out on Ebey Prairie I couldn’t resist taking another photo of this old Allis and Chalmers tractor that’s been retired to the front yard of Sherman’s Pioneer Farm Produce. It’s being swallowed by a rose bush but you can still envision it plowing the fields out on the prairie, back in “the day”.

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With that we start a new week. I hope it’s good for you as I’m sure it will be great for me 🙂

EBEY PRAIRIE SUNRISE – April 10, 2015

Good morning and Happy Birthday to my brother Ron, he turns 74 today. To celebrate his birthday he is going to ride his bicycle 74 miles, no small feat at that age. In support of that I walked 7.4 miles this morning, no big deal compared to him.

I walked out to Ebey Prairie and took the Ridge Trail to Ebey Landing.

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Just before the trail starts you find the Jacob Ebey farm house and block house built in 1855. You can read all about it HERE.

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At the end of the trail I looked back over the prairie and took this panorama shot. The prairie looks almost exactly as it did when the area was claimed and settled over 160 years ago. The freshly plowed fields really stand out against the green grass. If you click on the photo it will open up in a much larger format.

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On the way back home I spotted this tractor harvesting a crop. I’m not sure what would be ready to harvest this time of year but I do believe it’s beats.

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After that I think I’ll give you a break and take the weekend off. Thanks for walking with me and make a great weekend.

REFLECTION – April 9, 2015

I hope I didn’t wear you out today as we walked 6.87 miles, whew!

I went on a big loop around Ebey Prairie over to Ebey Landing. Out on the prairie I spotted these barns reflecting in a small pond of rain water.

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A little further out I spotted this scarecrow family apparently guarding the chickens and turkeys.

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Here’s a nice long shot of Ebey Landing and Admiralty Inlet. This is where people came to Whidbey Island in the late 1800’s arriving from the Olympic Peninsula and on south to Seattle. They would take a horse and buggy or stagecoach from the landing to Coupeville.

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 Just as I was nearing the landing I spotted these two eagles way up in the top of this big tree. I don’t think I’ve ever seen two eagles sitting in a tree that close to each other.

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So I’m pooped and ready to get on with the day. I hope you make a great day as well.

NOBODY HOME – April 6, 2015

I started the week off with a nice walk out to the Ebey Prairie and back. I saw some interesting things along the way that I’d like to share as you walk with me.

Just up the hill from our house I spotted a “herd” of deer. While I’m not sure what actually constitutes a “herd” there were six deer which I think is the most I’ve seen roaming together in one group around town.

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One of them was just begging me to take his photo so I obliged.

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I always get a kick out of this “knit” bicycle that’s out in front of Whidbey Isle Yarns. Someone put a lot of work into it.

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One of my blog followers mentioned that they’d like to see more old houses around Coupeville so I thought I’d do just that. I’m sorry I don’t remember the person’s name.

This is the Jacob Jenne home built in 1889. I was built for Jake, as he was called, by H. B. Lovejoy who built many beautiful old Victorians around Coupeville. Jake moved to Whidbey Island in 1876 and was a farmer up until 1886 when he purchased the Central Hotel on Front Street. He died in 1908.

It currently is a Thai restaurant called “Pra Nakorn Thai Cuisine”.

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Here’s a photo of it from around the time it was built. This photo came from “Images of America, Coupeville” by Judy Lynn, Kay Foss and the Island County Historical Society and Museum.

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Unfortunately I couldn’t get a very good photo from that side of the building because there are too many tall and bushy trees.

And finally I saved the best for last and the reason this edition is called “Nobody Home”. I do believe the photograph is self explanatory. I really liked it and I hope you do as well.

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Thanks for walking with me, I hope you have a great week ahead and come back again soon.