After a couple of fabulous days the marine layer rolled in this morning. That made for some difficult but interesting photography as evidenced by the Coupeville Wharf as seen from Captain Thomas Coupe Park.
If you look closely you can see the schooner Suva tied up to the right end of the dock. Walking out on the wharf I got a better look and I do believe she’s ready for this coming weekends “Whidbey SailFest”. You can read all about it here.
And my old friend “Frank”, the great blue heron, is back at his post keeping an eye on Coupeville and Penn Cove. He’s looking a little rough but still a magnificent bird.
With that I’ll fade back into the fog and let you get on with your day. I hope it’s a good one and we can do this again real soon.
Hey everyone, I’m back and so is Frank. Actually neither one of us were really gone, Frank was out there hunting for food like always and I was in full hibernation mode.
I don’t like walking in the rain, strong winds or the cold and that’s all we’ve had for a very long time. I’ve been hold up in my wood shop and remodeling our bathroom. I don’t know how “regular” I’ll be but I’ll work on doing better. I know there are a number of Whidbey Island readers that no longer live here and enjoy revisiting this beautiful place.
This morning the sun was peaking through one remaining cloud.
Along the way I spotted Frank the Great Blue Heron sitting on a rock along Penn Cove hunting for his breakfast.
I was disappointed to find one of my favorite little trails closed this morning. It runs from the center of town up to the Town Park. I’m not sure if it’s temporary or permanent. As I mentioned earlier, we’ve had a very wet spring and the trail runs along a high bluff. Perhaps it just a precaution until things dry out. The high bluffs around Whidbey Island have been known to collapse, especially when saturated with water.
Thanks to everyone for being so patient with me and I’ll try to do better as we move toward summer. I really appreciate you all walking with me!
I walked out the door this morning into a powerful sunrise. I was afraid it would fizzle by the time I got down to Penn Cove but it lasted a very long time.
So without any delay here ya go!
First up a Great Blue Heron flying over a red Penn Cove. While this is a nice photo it’s too grainy to blown up and print.
Along the way I caught Mt. Baker in the blazing sunrise.
And finally a look over Whidbey Island from the Coupeville boat launch.
I believe it was well worth the effort to get bundled up and walk a few miles on this chilly morning. Thanks for joining me, your company helps keep me warm!
Boy, it’s hard to believe October is here already, what happened to September?
This morning’s walk was really pretty although there were lots of clouds in the sky.
Every year the town of Coupeville celebrates the Halloween season with the “Haunting of Coupeville” which includes the witch contest. Businesses around town compete for having the best witch display.
I saw my first entry this morning at the Penn Cove Gallery. It’s the Tin Man walking the “yellow brick road”. The sign says: “Off to see the Wizard of Art”.
I hadn’t seen any white deer for a while but this morning this one posed very nicely for me.
Out on the Coupeville Wharf “Frank”, the great blue heron, was posing pretty for yet another cameo.
Finally, this shot, from the Coupeville Wharf of the Coupeville waterfront with the pink clouds, really caught my eye.
There, that should get your week going. I hope you enjoyed the walk and look forward to more as the week goes along.
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.
Here it is looking east from ground level.
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.
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.
Have a great hump day and enjoy the fall season ahead.
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.
Down by the Coupeville Wharf there were hundreds of seagulls swimming around and standing on the beach. Here are just a few.
I wondered what the attraction was and I think I found it. It would appear that the crabs are in and easy pray.
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!
Any my “beauty shot” for the day is some boats tied up to the dock basking in a beautiful Penn Cove 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By contrast here is a beautifully kept lawn here in Coupeville on Whidbey Island. Oh, by the way, it’s mine 🙂
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.
A few minutes later the sun was up a little more and I captured this photo and I really like it.
And then as the sun rose even more I was able to frame “Frank” in front of the sun making for a nice 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.
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”.
As I got closer the Heron decided it was time to skedaddle and took flight.
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 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.
On the way back home I spotted this eagle soaring through the sky. What a lovely way to start the day.
Thanks for joining me on this beautiful Monday morning. I hope you have a great week ahead and I’ll do the same.