Ebey Reserve Walk – January 23, 2017

Today’s walk took us across Ebey Reserve all the way down to Ebey’s Landing, a six mile round trip. It was a beautiful morning with more to see than I can report here. But, as always, I’ll share a few of the better photos.

First stop was to check out a new “Little Free Library” that just went up here in Coupeville. I really like the design of this particular one. I don’t know how many there are around here but there’s a bunch. I think my wee island town likes to read.

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I got to the prairie during the “Golden Hour” and it didn’t disappoint. This is Willowood Farm about half way across the prairie basking in the morning sun. They grow wonderful vegetables that will be available at our Saturday Market this summer.

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I was not the only one out enjoying the morning. There were lots of birds chirping and flying about. I liked these two robins caught silhouetted against the blue sky sitting on white branches.

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And finally the big reward for this mornings efforts. Driftwood is like clouds in that you can see different images in each one and each person sees them differently. This big piece of drift wood is on Ebey Landing beach with the big cliff on the south south side of Ebey Reserve in the background. Tell me what that log looks like to you!

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I hope I didn’t wear you out this morning and you’ll come back for another nice walk tomorrow.

MAIN STREET FLOWERS – March 30, 2015

I’m back! Well actually I wasn’t gone just kind of missing for a week or so. Several things got in the way of my morning walks. Things like the weather, getting up early and working on my antique sports car (1960 Sunbeam, Series I, Alpine) and Microsoft Check Disk ate my hard drive, of course that’s a whole story in itself from which I still haven’t completely recovered. But today I did manage to get out for a walk and I invite you to join me.

It was still pretty dark and overcast when I left this morning making photography a little difficult. I took a lot of photos on my way out to Ebey Prairie but unfortunately I had left my camera on manual focus from an earlier shoot and didn’t realize it so all the photos were out of focus, damn!

Once I got that figured out, on my way home, I took some photos of the flowers along Main Street. Either the Lions Club or the Coupeville Garden Club or maybe both put out beautiful flower barrels all along Main Street. Here are just a few of the barrels.

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Across the street I liked the three pink flowering trees in front of the Joseph B. Libbey house built in 1870.

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On my way home I took another photo of this old International Harvester pickup truck. I really like the rust and chrome in the morning light.

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Back home I found our rhododendrons in full bloom. The lighting wasn’t great but the flowers certainly are.

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Thanks for coming back and walking with me, I’ll try to do better going forward. Have a wonderful week ahead!

JUST A SLIVER – February 17, 2015

Wow, what a gorgeous morning for a walk. It was a little nippy at only 37 degrees F but no wind. I got out extra early because I could tell that there was going to be some great light during the “golden hour” today.

Along the way and just by chance I spotted the moon. As you can see in this photo it was just a sliver and disappeared shortly after this photo.

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From there it was on onward to the Ebey Prairie. The Olympic Mountains were standing tall in the morning light.

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I’ve taken a number of photos of this old barn but this morning it was just begging me to take another one so I obliged and I’m glad I did.

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Back in Coupeville Mount Baker was also standing tall and looking good in the morning light.

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And then a “rocket ship” caught my eye. While it was probably a passenger jet I’d like to believe that it was a rocket ship on its way to a far and distant planet.

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I hope you enjoyed that little three and a half mile walk, I sure did.

ANGRY BEAUTIFUL SUNRISE – February 9, 2015

Like most people on the west coast we’ve been getting slammed with the “Pineapple Express” river of rain and wind. This morning looked threatening when I left the house in the dark but by the time I got out to Ebey Prairie I found beautiful sunrise mixed in with the angry skies. I hope you like what I saw and photographed.

I really liked the silhouette of the trees in these next two photos.

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Heading back home I couldn’t help but notice how high the tide was this morning. The wharf appeared to be floating on the Penn Cove. It just a good deal that the wind wasn’t blowing waves up onto the wharf.

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Looking back at town from the Coupeville Wharf I could still see angry skies. It was a great contrast to the colorful buildings along Front Street.

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It’s hard to say at this point how the day will actually turn out but for now all is calm and quiet.

Have a great week ahead and thanks for walking with me around the wee town of Coupeville.

EBEY PRAIRIE – February 3, 2015

I left the house early this morning because I could see the moon and stars along with some scattered clouds to the east. That combination should make for a beautiful sunrise and I wanted to be in place to capture it. So I walked a little over two and a half miles to the cemetery above Ebey Prairie. From there you look east to the sunrise. I got there about 7:20 am and the official sunrise is 7:35 am, perfect!

The only problem is that it never happened. It clouded up and there was no sun to be seen. So what to do? I know, set up the tripod and take a bunch of cloudy photos over the Ebey Prairie. I’m happy with the results and I hope you like them as well.

I’ll start with a big panorama overlooking almost the entire prairie. Click on the photo for a bigger view.

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This is what I got looking straight toward the “sunrise” at 7:35. Off in the distance is the Ferry House built in 1860. It was a stopping place for people coming across Admiralty Inlet going to Coupeville. If you look closely you’ll see what appears to be a large bird sitting just above the top branch near the center of the tree on the right.

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Here’s a close up of the “Bird”! Turns out it’s a broke tree branch but looks pretty convincing.

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On the way back home I thought this red barn looked nice in the grayness of the morning.

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The last shot on my way home was looking up this treed sidewalk leading up to one of the historic homes out on the prairie.

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So there ya go, another wonderful walk with you and all my other virtual friends. Thanks a bunch of joining me and with any luck we’ll do it again tomorrow.

NO POOP! RIGHT! – January 20, 1915

I’m sorry about missing our walk yesterday but just as I walked out the door it started raining. I don’t like walking in the rain because it’s not very good for photos or my camera. A half hour later the rain had stopped so I got suited up again and out the door. As I got to the end of our driveway here it came again. That did it, done for the day.

This morning though it was beautiful and clear as I left the house in the dark. I did see one interesting thing. The Whidbey Isle Yarn shop has a knitted bicycle out front. It was too far away from the store to get them both in so I used a flash on the bike and lightened the background in Photoshop. I put the two together and here’s what I got. That was fun.

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When I got to Ebey Prairie the fog had rolled in and no photo-ops. But that all changed as I got to the Coupeville Wharf. The fog had rolled on shore and up the hill. I caught this sailboat with the fog rolling away and the morning sky coming to life.

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I took that photo from the end of the dock and as I turned around I thought the wharf looked photo-worthy as well.

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One of the problems with a seaside village is bird poop! We have many seagulls, crows, starlings and heron. You really have to look out for those heron, they can whiten a large area of a deck.

To prevent this from messing up the pier going to the wharf they string fishing line a few inches above the railings. This is supposed to make it difficult for the seagulls to land on the railing. I think it worked for a little while but our seagulls are pretty smart and have figured out that if they stand on the fishing line the can sit there and poop on the deck all they want 🙂

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So with that happy thought, onward to your week. As always thanks for walking with me.

SPECTACULAR SUNRISE Jan 07-2015

I hope you walked yesterday because I did but I had an appointment on the mainland and didn’t get a blog posted.

This morning I left the house in the dark with some fog rolling in. I didn’t expect much in the way of photo-ops but to my surprise we had a spectacular sunrise! These were two of my favorites although there were many more. Also these are pretty much straight out of the camera with very little “tuning”. I hope you enjoy them.

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Those were taken out on Ebey Prairie. When I got back into town it was foggy. Here is Coupeville from the wharf.

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On my way home I spotted a tiny little bird that was flitting all around and impossible to photograph. I chased it around for a while using the “burst” on my camera, 12 frames per second. I finally captured the little guy. It’s a Golden-crowned Kinglet and I don’t believe I’ve noticed them before around town.

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Thanks for walking with me this morning and hopefully we’ll do it again tomorrow!