FOR SALE – July 3, 2017

Welcome to July! It’s the time of year to plug your ears and be safe.

Speaking of safe, here on Whidbey Island we have lots of deer and right now there are many fawns running all over the place. There’s a saying here on the island; ” You will almost hit a deer, you know someone who has hit a deer or you have hit a deer!”

With the in mind it looks like the parents of the fawns are teaching them some good lessons. I spotted this fawn crossing with the light in a crosswalk. Pretty smart if you ask me.

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The sunrise this morning was very dark and dramatic. So get your shoes on and let’s go!

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I know many of you live in my small town through my blogs but if you are thinking about moving here I found some opportunities for you. First up this lovely old Victorian is for sale. It certainly needs some work but could be a real show place. From the pictures in the listing it looks like the interior could be brought back to what it looked like in the late 1800’s.

Victorian House For Sale

Of course if you’re going to live here you’ll need something to do. How about owning and running a garden business. “Sally’s Garden” is for sale. It’s been in business for eighteen years so it’s well established and everything goes with it.

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Sally's Garden Sale Sign

Or how about starting your own business from scratch. Here’a prime building on historic Front Street. It’s the 1936 Tom Howell’s Barbershop building. It’s a nice space with lots of possibilities.

Tom Howell's Barbershop

And of course the biggest advantage is you’d be able to walk with me around town 🙂 But until then I guess my blog will have to do.

Be safe and come walk with me again tomorrow.

TREE AND TWO HOMES – May 19, 2016

Well look at this, I’m back for a second day in a row!

It always amazes me to see things that I’ve walked by a hundred times and never noticed. Sometimes the morning light changes things enough to bring out those hidden gems.

This morning I noticed this beautiful, gnarly, old tree in font of the historic Williams House built in 1896. It now houses the Whidbey Island Conservation District office.

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Here’s a closeup of the tree in the golden morning light.

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Walking down Main Street I spotted this beautiful Victorian house with the blossoming rhododendron out front. It’s the Coupe-Gillespie House built in 1891. Today it’s the Blue Goose Inn.

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And this just in; Marilyn took this photo of brand new fawns in our neighbors yard while I was typing. We believe that they were born in the last two days. The mother sure does seem to be bonding with her baby.

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Thanks for joining me on this morning’s walk and hopefully we’ll do it again tomorrow.

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 🙂

BAMBIES – June 17, 2015

Hey, let’s go for a walk and see what’s happening around Coupeville.

First stop, baby deer! I spotted these beautiful little fawns trying to hide behind the bushes. “I’m hiding, you can’t see me!”

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A little further up the road this “Tin Man” caught my eye. It was hanging on a miniature windmill.

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As I passed by I looked back and was surprised to see that it’s a birdhouse.

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Coming down into Coupeville I just couldn’t help myself and had to take another beautiful photo of the Coupeville Wharf with these wild roses in front.

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Down on the wharf I spent quite a bit of time chasing this Kingfisher. These little guys are very skittish and won’t let you get very close. It finally landed on the railing of one of the historic Front Street buildings and I got it! Not great but there ya go.

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Thanks for walking with me on such a beautiful morning. I look forward to doing it again real soon.

ONWARD

Well today will be my last “Coupeville Impression” for a while. We’re headed for points east with a family reunion in the middle of our trip. We’ll be camping and suffering through the 103 degree heat in Eastern Washington but we’ll have a good time just the same. Unfortunately our house/kitty sitter doesn’t walk or blog so no news from Coupeville for a while. I will try and post a blog now and then while on vacation but it will be mostly dependent on the availability of WiFi. We’ll check in with our house/kitty sitter daily to keep a remote eye on our wee town and say “Hi” to Ms. Kitty Kitty 🙂

I thought I’d try something a little different this morning. I generally take two types of photos during my walk, “pretty pictures” and “public interest”. This morning I have some of each and will post the “pretty pictures” large and “public interest” smaller.

First off “Pretty Pictures”. This doe and fawn posing in the yellow morning sun were just waiting for me to take their photo.

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The “SuperMoon” is starting to wain but still made for a nice photo.

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Every time I try to take a photo of harbor seals they take a dive just as I’m about to push the button. This morning I got lucky and caught this little guy just before he dove.

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Speaking of Photography, this is John Deir a fellow member of the Whidbey Focus Facebook group. He has a particular interest in time-lapse photography and he was taking a long time-lapse of the sunrise and the wharf. It will be fun to see what he comes up with once it gets edited down. Keep an eye on the Whidbey Focus Facebook page to see his efforts. While your there why not “Like” and “Follow” Whidbey Focus we have some really nice photographers and photos posted.

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As a segue to “Public Interest” I found this little stuffed dog on the porch of the Joseph B. Libbey house, circa 1870. Joseph moved to Coupeville around 1859 when he was nine years old. He built this home when he was only 20. He served as County Treasurer for two years, County Auditor for five years, and was Clerk of the School District No. 2. He died in 1922. (source: “A Particular Friend, Penn’s Cove” by Jimmie Jean Cook).

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The house has been vacant for many years and there has often been talk about moving it. Today I noticed a bunch of white things piled up behind it along with the pile of wire on the front porch. Something seems to be going on. I hope they are going to do something good with it.

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If you remember from a few days ago I showed you the new path along Front Street that’s been rebuilt now that the sliding bank has been determined to be stable. Well they’ve improved it even further with a really nice pole rail.

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And I thought this was funny. There’s a small cabin on Front Street, down the cliff by the water. There is no address sign for the house and I guess the owners decided they really needed one. To the right of this photo are the steps going down to their cabin you can’t see it from the street.

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Here’s their solution!

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Thanks for walking with me today and have a great week ahead. With any luck I’ll have a fun blog from somewhere around Twisp, Washington in a day or two.

DA MOON

I didn’t walk this morning for two reasons. First the wind was gusting over 30 MPH and while waiting for it to subside I got busy and just didn’t make it out. Fortunately that didn’t stop my photo efforts.

I spotted “Da Moon” out the back window and just had to take a picture.

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Then out the front window I spotted the fawn, which was wearing its winter coat, munching away on our Bergenia. They aren’t supposed to like those, that’s why we plant them out front. Oh well, so much for that idea!

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Have a great day and with any luck we’ll go for a walk tomorrow.

FLYING DEER?

But first… On this mornings 6.4 mile walk I went east on Parker Road all the way to Highway 20 and back. Nice walk but as always not a lot to see on Parker due to the heavily wooded road. But I did see a large number of deer this morning so I decided to capture a few, photographically speaking.

I’d like to start with a picture I took Tuesday near our house of a very young fawn hunkered down near our house. It was so cute and stayed perfectly still just as I’m sure it’s mother told it to do.

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These guys looked confused, two crossing the road one way and the other two going the opposite direction.

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With a lot of deer on the island we have to be very protective of our gardens as they really like to munch them down to the nubbins. This is one persons solution to the problem but it looks like some of the plants are growing above the screen and I sure will be trimmed by the deer.

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Other people have gotten much more aggressive such as this neighbor of mine.

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And here’s the problem.

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As I got closer to Coupeville and home I spotted these deer down by Penn Cove. I’ve never seen the deer walking along this beach.

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I was always told “don’t drink the water” because it’s saltwater. Well maybe a little isn’t so bad. Perhaps it’s like a liquid “saltlick”.

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And finally to the subject of this blog, “Flying Deer”! Something scared these deer along the shore and they took off running toward me. But like deer do they don’t just run but “hop” and “leap” like rabbits. While it’s a little hard to see, these guys are about three feet off the ground when I caught this. It was shooting from quite a distance away and from above so it makes it difficult to how high they are.

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And on that “hoppy” note, have a great day 🙂