RANDOMNESS – July 18, 2017

Most mornings I try to follow some sort of theme from something that inspires me but this morning nothing specific stuck out so I have a rather odd collection of photos from this morning’s 3.6 mile walk.

First up, we’re getting a new highway surface on Highway 20. That’s the main highway that runs the length of the island. Just in case you didn’t know, Whidbey Island is the longest island on the Pacific Coast of the United States, 58 miles! That’s a lot of blacktop.

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Walking through Kreuger Woods something strange caught my eye. At first glance it looked like a tall, white, goose deep in the woods, like maybe it was trapped. Well it was trapped all right but it wasn’t a bird it was a plastic bag. I sure wish people would do a better job of controlling their plastic trash or better yet take your own bags to the store and decline the plastic bag.

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One of the Victorian homes that I really like is the John Gould home built in 1894. Not only is it a beautiful home but the new owners have really done a wonderful job bring it back to all the glory of the original home. Talk about symmetry!

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On the way back home I passed the Prairie Center grocery store and they had just put out a beautiful batch of new flowers.

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I hope you have a nice “Hump Day” and the rest of your week is grand! I hope to see you again tomorrow.

STILL AROUND – July 16, 2015

Hi All!

I know I’ve been missing in action but I’m still around.

I thought once the weather got nicer I’d be walking and blogging more but along with good weather came many projects that I put off during the winter months. We even went camping for a week.

Anyhow I thought I’d let you know that I’m doing just fine and will post a blog whenever I get a chance. In the meantime I thought I’d share a few photos that I’ve taken recently.

First a couple of flower shots from around our house. These flowers are on our front porch.

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These Daisies are volunteer and just exploded this year.

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Last weekend we went to a crab feed at my sister-in-law and her husband’s home here on the island. They have a wonderful view of Honeymoon Bay where I spotted this eagle begging me to take it’s picture. It was a very long ways away but I was able to zoom in with my little Canon SX30is. They are kind of grainy but you get the idea.

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I hope you are having a great summer and doing lots of walking even if it isn’t with me.

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!

SPRING IS SPRINGING – March 2, 2015

Welcome to March! It is coming in like a lamb which is just fine with me. So get your shoes on and lets get going.

I just love when the signs of spring start to appear. This morning didn’t disappoint as I found a flowering tree and a flowering bush.

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This row of houses along the Ebey Prairie ridge were really popping in the morning sun with the dark menacing clouds behind. I did like the trace of pink reflecting the sunrise off the clouds.

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I tried a little different angle for a photograph of the Coupeville Wharf. I’m not completely pleased with it but I think it’s a good starting point. I’ll work on some better ones.

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And that starts a new week and a new month. I hope it’s all good for you!

BENCH AND FLOWER

Once again I didn’t get out for a walk but I did want to share some more photos from our outing around Central Whidbey yesterday. This time I’m focusing on my new camera and seeing what it will do. Some of these have been “enhanced” with Photoshop but nothing too radical.

For some reason I focused on benches and flowers. I hope you enjoy them.

We stopped at the Hummingbird Farm to checked out their gift shop and gardens. While there aren’t any hummingbirds this time of year I did like this blue bench and pink roses.

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I found this beautiful pink rose in their gardens as well.

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At the Spinnaker B&B this white bench and red rose caught my eye.

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Lavender Wind Farm had a nice bench hidden in the trees as well. I really had to look for it but I think the photo made it worth the hunt.

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And finally, I’m not sure where I took this flower but I just really like the way the photo turned out.

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I think I’m really going to like my new camera, once I get to know it better. I hope you enjoyed my photos and will come back for more!

MISTY MORN

It was a real seaside kind of morning with fog and a slight mist in the air. Non the less it was still beautiful, like it always is here in Coupeville.

I was gone missing the last couple of days due to a little project and warm weather. We’re getting ready to go on vacation and I’m in the process of waxing our little trailer. I’ve been getting up and at it early in the mornings before the sun gets to it. I should finish it today.

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But I digress :-). Back to our walk this morning.

With all the excitement over the recent World Cup Soccer Match this setting caught my eye. It looks like the game is over!

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The Coupeville Library has beautiful hanging baskets of flowers.

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As the subject of today’s blog is “Misty Morn” it requires a couple of “misty” photos. Here’s the backside of the buildings along Front Street taken from the wharf.

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Here’s a misty shot of the wharf.

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The old John Robertson’s Store, built in 1866, is finally getting a makeover. It’s been closed for the past couple of years after being several restaurants. It’s now going to be turned into four shops and three apartments, one upstairs and two downstairs. Here’s a rather poor shot of the plans that are posted in the front window.

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These are pictures of the outside and inside of the building as of today. In talking with the owner they still don’t have a name for it.

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And I spotted these beautiful flowers on my final leg home.

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It’s nice to have you join in my walk this morning. I’m already looking forward to tomorrows walk.

YARD ART

Despite some threatening skies I managed to get in a couple of miles and it felt good. If you’re not a walker I suggest you get out and give it a try. Otherwise it’s always a pleasure to have you walk with me 🙂

Today I walked around town looking for “Yard Art” and found some interesting things that people have placed in their yards. Here’s what the day yielded, enjoy!

First stop was just up the hill by the Coupe D Art house. A local artisan makes these birds and they are wonderful. It’s unfortunate you can’t see the whole thing because the body is made from a big rock. It is mounted to the legs with a swivel and the rock and birds head rocks back and forth perfectly balanced. Still it’s a nice photo.

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While we have lots of fawn’s around this time of year this fake one caught my eye.

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Some yard art is pretty funny as exhibited by this ???

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And these “Beaded Flamingo’s” indicating that this person must be retired.

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Yard art comes in all sizes and this piece is in front of the hospital, it’s huge.

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And back over at Sherman’s Pioneer Produce Farm there is more yard art than you can shake a stick at.

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While this isn’t “Yard Art” I thought it was a pretty picture. These flowers were displayed in front of our local Prairie Center grocery store.

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As always, thanks for walking with me and I hope to see you again tomorrow.