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!

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.