EAGLE, SEAL AND CORMORANT OH MY – April 21, 2015

This morning we had flat, gray skies. Not real great for landscapes but it still managed to get some interesting shots. So get suited up and let’s go.

First stop, this big eagle out on Ebey Prairie powering up for the day.

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Then back to the Coupeville Wharf where I found this Harbor Seal trying to hide from me. Every time I pointed my camera it would dive. Finally I got one photo showing more than just rippling water.

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As I got around to the other side of the wharf this Cormorant popped up. It was every bit as hard to capture as the seal. I believe there is a code among the animals that if you see a camera pointing your way count to three and dive!

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Some of you have commented that you’d like to see more of the old Coupeville buildings. I liked the looks of the Gillespie Meat Market building built in 1887. Today Collections, clothing and jewelry store, is housed in the front and the Port of Coupeville in the back. It sits right at the end of Coupeville Wharf which seems quite appropriate for a port office.

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Thanks for walking with me today, what a great way to start the week. I’m not sure how much we’ll get to walk the rest of the week as there are off and on showers forecast for the rest of the week.

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.

SCARECROWS, MYTHICAL AND REAL

The Coupeville scarecrow contest continues. Once again I got rained on which shortened my walk a little but I did find some more scarecrows and other things of interest.

This scarecrow was spotted on the library porch, it’s “Fancy Nancy”.

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On Front Street I saw “The Little Prince” at the Penn Cove Gallery.

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I really like the idea of this next one. It’s “Christopher Robin” and it’s in front of “Christopher’s” restaurant.

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These scarecrows are not in the contest but are real “live” scarecrows, can you say that about scarecrows? They are guarding this garden by the Four Square Church.

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The roadwork around town continues. They were putting a new surface on Coveland Street this morning.

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And I finally got a pretty nice photo of our Harbor Seal, it posed very nicely and didn’t swim away as soon as I pointed my camera.

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I hope you enjoy my daily efforts to bring you a taste of my wee town of Coupeville.

COUPEVILLE HISTORY LESSON

I temped the weather gods again this morning and won. I got a nice five mile walk in with many threatening clouds. One really nice thing about Coupeville is we live in the “shadow” of the Olympic Mountains. What that means is that the Olympic Mountains block the rain generating clouds from dumping on us. Here’s an excellent radar image of this mornings weather courtesy of AccuWeather.com.

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These are some of the clouds that are being “pushed” around our wee town.

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On the wharf in Coupeville I finally got a photo of a Harbor Seal. The reason I say “finally” is because these guys have a strong sense of when you are about to take a photo. Just as you squeeze the trigger they dive leaving a photo of “water”!

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And finally a little bit of little known Coupeville history. This is a walnut tree but not just “any” walnut tree. This tree was planted by Maria Coupe, wife of Captain Thomas A. Coupe, the namesake of Coupeville. It is next to his house and was planted sometime around 1870.

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I hope you enjoy my little history lessons about Coupeville, the Ebey Prairie Reserve and the Penn Cove area.