SOME FALL COLORS – October 16, 2017

I got in what might be the last walk of the week. Nothing but rain in the forecast from this evening on through the week. The weather prognosticators are even warning of potential flooding!

Not only did I get some nice fall colors we also had a nice sunrise that made for some interesting shots.

This photo was taken yesterday afternoon in front of my house. It’s our fine leaf maple and every year it seems to get more beautiful.

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This one was a little closer to town center. The morning sunrise really made the colors pop!

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As day break was just starting to happen I captured the town coming to life on Front Street. This is what goes on while the rest of Coupeville sleeps. The delivery trucks and garbage truck were getting the shops ready for another day of fine dining and the exploration of our many little shops.

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I walked through Krueger Woods and as I was leaving the east end of the trail I snapped this one of another walker heading into the beautiful sunrise.

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And finally I found another “Haunting of Coupeville” witch display. This one is at Ciao Italian Restaurant where my band, the Island Jazz Collective, plays. The Wicked Witch is wreaking havoc along with the Flying Monkeys. To my eyes this is the best display!

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With that we start another week. I hope it’s good for you I’m positive it will be for me. With any luck I’ll be back tomorrow for our morning walk but it could be a washout, stay tuned.

PEEK-A-BOO – January 30, 2017

This morning’s walk was very nice but kind of disappointing in the photo department. It looked like the sunrise was going to pop but then it did pop, just like a balloon. The lighting was poor so not a lot to share but here’s my Monday offering just the same.

There seems to be a lot of anger and rage among the people of the United States these days. I’m really getting tired of it and so I offer this as a suggestion.

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Even though early January was rather chilly around here, the month is ending with Daffodil’s popping up from the ground, oh boy!

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There is a group, “Whidbey Island Rocks” on Facebook, that paint rocks and places them around the island. Coupeville is no exception and this morning I discovered this rock painted by LJK on October of 2016. It was on the trail that goes through Kruger Woods. Their Facebook page says that you can either keep the rock or put it somewhere else for others to enjoy. I took the rock and will place it in a different location in a few weeks. If you live in, or visit Coupeville, be on the lookout for this one.

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Thank you for walking with me on this rather gray morning but I wish you sunshine for the week ahead!

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016 – January 1, 2016

Happy New Year everyone! I almost mistyped the date above. I guess I have something new to get used to.

It’s still really cold out but I thought I’d start out the new year right with a nice 4.5 mile walk around Ebey Prairie. It was a beautiful clear morning and The Olympics were absolutely stellar in the chilly morning light. I put this panorama together but to get the full impact you’ll have to click on it for a much larger view.

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I was going to cut through Kruger Woods on this trail that is really fun to walk because it goes through the dense woods. Fortunately I didn’t go that way as this is what it looked like on the other side of the woods.

The weather right now is fantastic but this reminds us that we had the second wettest fall in history.

I guess I could have brought my ice skates 😉

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And on a local note some good news. Frontier Lumber is opening a store in little ol’ Coupeville, woot!!! Up until now the closest lumber store was in Oak Harbor about fifteen miles away. This is right across the street from the high school gym in the old Pro Lumber store. They are opening on Monday the 4th. I’ll be there to cheer them on.

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I hope you have a wonderful year and I’ll do the same. As always, “Thanks for walking with me!”

MONSTER WALK

This morning’s walk was a “Monster Walk”, not because I walked a long way but instead because of the route I took. Here’s my 4.28 mile  “Monster Walk”!

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The first thing I spotted was this neatly trimmed lilac tree.

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Just as I was going into Kruger Woods the “Monopoly Houses” caught my eye. At least they remind me of Monopoly houses.

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Out on the Coupeville Wharf this pair of Pigeon Guillemont’s were nicely posed on the gas dock.

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As I was leaving the wharf the rays of the morning sun started shining through the clouds creating this rather spectacular photo.

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Well that was fun, thanks for walking with me. I’ll catch you again tomorrow!

CURIOUS MIND

This morning there was nothing that really caught my eye for a great photograph but my mind started questioning the things I did see. Unfortunately I didn’t come up with any answers but…

What are they going to build in this small square marked out near the trail that goes through Kruger Woods?

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What is the landscaping going to look like in front of this new home? Look closely and you can see orange lines winding all over the place.

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How much longer is this mossy roof on the restrooms at the Town Park going to last?

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What would this tiny room with a chimney coming out of its roof be for?

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And my final question, who decides the pecking order when seagulls line up in a row? Also, why are they so perfectly spaced?

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So there ya go. Enjoy our walk and enjoy the day.

HAPPY MONDAY

I can be so stupid sometimes. This morning I was so excited that the sun was coming out with very few clouds, I was anxious to get out for my walk. About a quarter of a mile out I noticed that my feet didn’t feel quite right. Turns out I forgot to change shoes and was wearing my deck shoes, flat soles and no support. Oh well, I still managed to get in 2 1/2 miles although my doggies are a little sore now.

While out and about I noticed some more spring in the air and some beautiful flowers.These three trees really caught my eye.

Pink Camellia I believe.

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Clematis

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Magnolia

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Not sure what this is but they pruned the bottom part when the buds were on, interesting look.

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Some other photos I took just because they caught my eye. This old McCormick Deering tractor looked really nice in the morning light.

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I also like the lighting on the Joseph Libby house built in 1870.

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And this is me going into Kruger Woods with the sun at my back.

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That starts the week off for me and I hope you have a good start as well. Maybe my photos will help 🙂

FA-18 SUNRISE

Once again it was cold but also overcast so the lighting was really poor for photos. Because of that I don’t have a lot to share with you but here are a few photos of interest.

I spotted this FA-18 from NAS Whidbey (Naval Air Station). It was flying well above a 1,000 feet and it was high enough for the morning sun to shine on it. While it’s not a great photo I thought it was interesting.

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Near Kruger Woods I always see these townhouses and think the look like something you’d use with Monopoly.

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Two more  snowmen showed up in town this morning.

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This one was done by the Pacific Northwest Art School, nicely done.

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These were down by the wharf along with the Christmas tree.

Stay warm my friends.