FRONT STREET FALL – September 20, 2017

In the previous post I said Coupeville was established in 1953, it should have been 1853, that makes a lot more sense.

Welcome to “Fall” 2017. After the most fantastic summer I can every remember we now transition into fall.

This mornings three mile walk showed me signs of fall on Front Street as well as some nice photographs of it.

It seems like most seaside towns have a street along the water named “Front Street” where the towns commerce first developed.

Coupeville was established in 1853 and over the next forty years grew from Front Street on up the hill. Today Front Street still hosts a lot of commerce, mostly in the form of curio shops, gift shops, clothing stores, restaurants and a tavern. Here’s what it looks like at 6:30 in the morning.

Front Street looking east as seen from the trail going from town to the town park.

Front Street Looking East from Trail

Here it is looking east from ground level.

Front Street Sunrise looking east

And the first sign of fall with the leaves on this maple tree changing colors a little early. This is looking west down Front Street.

Front Street Looking West Fall Tree-3

I almost feel like I need to apologize for this next photo but I just couldn’t help myself! Yup, it’s “Frank” again, our resident great blue heron sitting on its favorite lamp post over Penn Cove with the sunrise in the background, enjoy.

Frank Blue Heron at Sunrise from Wharf

Have a great hump day and enjoy the fall season ahead.

 

FOR THE BIRDS – September 18, 2017

Happy Monday and welcome to another wonderful week in paradise!

This morning’s walk wasn’t all that long as we have threatening skies but I did spot a bunch of birds. First up, Frank, one of our great blue heron’s, flying low over Penn Cove.

Frank Flying Low Over Water

Down by the Coupeville Wharf there were hundreds of seagulls swimming around and standing on the beach. Here are just a few.

Seagulls On The Beach

I wondered what the attraction was and I think I found it. It would appear that the crabs are in and easy pray.

Seagulls with Crab

Our weather has really changed the last two days, almost as though a switch was thrown changing it from summer to winter. Here’s just one more indication. It looks like the Canada Geese are heading south!

Geese Flying South

Any my “beauty shot” for the day is some boats tied up to the dock basking in a beautiful Penn Cove sunrise.

Boats at Dock at Sunrise

There, that should start your week, it certainly did mine. Have a great week and, weather willing, we’ll do this again tomorrow. As always, thanks for walking with me!

MORE FRANK – September 12, 2017

Perhaps you’ve heard the musical comment “More Cowbell”. Well this mornings walk presented another photo op for “More Frank”. But first…

I spotted this Madrona tree basking in the golden morning light. It certainly did make the red bark pop! There are a lot of Madrona trees here in Coupeville and mornings like this really makes them special.

Madrona Tree

And, as promised, “More Frank”! I really like this silhouette of Frank, our resident Great Blue Heron, against the morning sky looking over Penn Cove.

Frank - Sailboat - Sunrise

That’s it! I only walked two miles this morning but at least I got out and walked, that’s what’s important. I hope you walk as well and not just with me.

FOG BANK WHARF – September 1, 2017

Welcome to September 2017. It was a beautiful morning for a nice little walk. 52 degrees F and clear skies. I only walked 2 1/4 miles but that’s because I stopped a lot to look at the scenery and take photos. Here are just a few from my efforts.

First up “Frank Fishing”. This Great Blue Heron was frozen solid waiting for just the perfect breakfast to swim close enough to snatch from the water. At least while I was standing there it struck out. Maybe I distracted it.

Heron Fishing

One thing that is really beautiful on Whidbey Island are all the “high bank” areas that we have exposing millions of years of geology. This high bank is along Scenic Heights just southeast of Oak Harbor on the other side of Penn Cove from Coupeville. The morning sun really makes them stand out.

Scenic Heights High Bank

The Coupeville Wharf was basking in the morning sun as well but there was an ominous cloud bank behind it. Fortunately the cloud bank has dissipated and it’s going to be a beautiful day all over the island.

Whar and Cloud Bank

I have a busy weekend of music ahead. The Island Jazz Collective, a jazz group I play drums with, will be performing at the Ciao Italian Restaurant in Coupeville tonight  from 6:00 – 8:00PM. On Sunday we’ll be playing at the Oak Harbor Music Festival from 12:00 – 1:00 PM. If you get a chance, stop by and listen to some cool jazz and say hi!

Thanks for walking with me and have a great September.

55 DAYS – August 14, 2017

Good morning my friends! We got a little rain yesterday and I mean a little, .01″, but it was enough to stop our record run of the most days without any measurable rain. The old record was 52 days and we smashed it this year.

Of course the bad news is, because we live on an island water is limited. We don’t have any snow pack, rivers, streams or large reservoirs, only well water. So to discourage wasting water on things like washing cars or watering lawns our water bill almost doubles.

You can really tell the people who don’t seem to understand all of this. Here’s what we don’t like to see. Probably just the opposite where you live.

Green Lawn

By contrast here is a beautifully kept lawn here in Coupeville on Whidbey Island. Oh, by the way, it’s mine 🙂

Home Brown Lawn

Moving on to this morning’s walk. With an on-shore breeze and a little rain, most of the smoke from the Canadian forest fires has been cleared out but that doesn’t mean our spectacular sunrises are gone.

I timed my walk perfectly this morning to be on the Coupeville Wharf right when the sun was breaking over the horizon, Cascade Mountains and Penn Cove. This first one is my friend “Frank”, the Great Blue Heron, sitting on his favorite lamp post with sailboats in the background.

Frank Sunrise Sailboats

A few minutes later the sun was up a little more and I captured this photo and I really like it.

Sunrise Sailboats

And then as the sun rose even more I was able to frame “Frank” in front of the sun making for a nice silhouette.

Frank Sunrise Silhouette

So that’s it for this Monday. I hope you have a great week ahead and we are able to walk some more as the week goes along. Thanks for stopping by.

ON THE BEACH – July 17, 2017

I don’t know where to start! I shot 96 photos this morning and more than enough came out either really good or quite interesting. I’m not going to overload you with pictures or it would end up like my dad’s slide shows of our vacations 😉

So I’ll show you some today and more on another slow day sometime.

I walked the beach from the end of our street to the Coupeville Wharf, that’s about three-quarters of a mile. I’ll show you the wildlife today and interesting stuff later.

I first stumbled upon a Great Blue Heron and deer. I call this picture “Frank ‘n Deer”.

Frank n Deer

As I got closer the Heron decided it was time to skedaddle and took flight.

Great Blue Heron

Penn Cove is often called the “Mussel Capital of the World” be cause we raise some of the best mussels in the world and they are plentiful, as this picture shows. The rock is covered with barnacles and mussels.

Mussels on the Beach

Mussels also like to cling to pilings. These are the pilings leading to the wharf. It looks like there are a lot of people visiting our wee town by boat. I’ll bet many of the are enjoying our mussels which are served at all the local restaurants.

Beneath the Wharf

On the way back home I spotted this eagle soaring through the sky. What a lovely way to start the day.

Eagle wings up

Thanks for joining me on this beautiful Monday morning. I hope you have a great week ahead and I’ll do the same.

LOVE BIRD’S – June 30, 2017

Two days in a row, how about that?

This morning I’ll take you on a little over three mile walk around Coupeville. It was a foggy morning so it made taking photographs a little tricky but like my brother Ron always says, “On a foggy day take foggy pictures”, so that’s what I did.

First up, “The Wharf”. I liked the way these flowers framed the foggy wharf.

Foggy Wharf with Flowers

Out on the wharf I looked back at the backside of Coupeville’s Front Street, huh?

Front Street From Wharf Fogg

And then I spotted my old friend “Frank” the Great Blue Heron. Here he’s sitting on his favorite pole, flanked by foggy sailboats in the background that are anchored in Penn Cove.

Frank in Fogg with Boats

He was posing so nice I think he wanted a close up so I obliged. Frank’s happy now and I got a great shot.

Frank in Fogg

And finally on the backside of the wharf, on the gas dock, were two Pigeon Guillemont’s kissing! It was a beautiful display of affection as they kissed over and over. Is nature great or what?

Pigeon Guillemont Kiss

That should wrap this week and now onward to what should be the start of the Fourth of July holiday.

Thanks for walking with me and I’ll knock on your door soon so we can do it again.