EBEY RESERVE PRAIRIE – July 11, 2017

This morning’s 4 3/4 mile walk took us out to the Ebey Reserve Prairie again. I just love the prairie in the morning with the fresh cut alfalfa hay, oh how I wish you could smell it!

Here’s a little history I lifted from Wikivoyge: “Three large natural prairies cover over 5000 acres of the Reserve. These prairies formed over 13,000 years ago by the receding glaciers. All are defined by ridges that embrace the rich fertile soils, an especially valuable resource. About one-third of the prairie lands are planted in squash, grains, forage, seed and feed crops. The remainder are a mixture of wetlands, pastures, woodlands, and farmsteads. Together these features form a cohesive character area, one that holds the telling physical remnants of human history-old fence lines, hedgerows, orchards, field patterns, weathered barns, and historic farmhouses.”

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Along the way I spotted this old fence post with a plant growing out of the top and the moon above. Nothing special I just kind of liked it.

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Of course no visit to the prairie would be complete without talking to the “Tin Family”, they are always standing watch over the prairie.

Tin Family

During this mornings walk I counted fourteen deer. Four were fawns and the rest were about half yearlings and half adults.

Four Deer

One of the things I find difficult to photograph are Kingfishers. They fly really fast and don’t stay in one place very long. Well that all changed this morning with this great looking mail box topper.

Steel Kingfisher

And finally, we’ve been watching a show on TV called “Aliens on the Moon”. It’s an interesting show with lots of things pointing to the possibility that they are there. So this morning I took a look and doggone it I didn’t see a single one 😉 But hey, I got a nice photograph!

Waning Moon

Enjoy the rest of your day and thanks for spending a little time walking with me. I hope to see you again tomorrow.

MORNING MOON – March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Sadly I didn’t get much green for all my Irish friends but I did get a couple of photos for you. They’re not great but felt I had to post something.

The moon was just a sliver in the morning light and had a nice contrast against the pine tree.

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I usually try really hard to keep power, cable and telephone lines out of my photos. Sometimes I even Photoshop them out but not today. I call this one “Converging Lines”. I’m not sure why but I found it kind of interesting. Your impression may vary.

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Have a great day and go find something green.

MOON OVER COUPEVILLE

First I want to apologize for being absent most of the week but the weather has really been crappy and we had some appointments on the mainland that interfered with our walks. But this morning was a real sparkler with the full moon setting in the west.

First up, before we get to the moon, is this nice waterfront photo of Coupeville from the wharf with the sunrise starting to happen to the east.

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Out on the wharf this seagull was just begging me to take his photo so I obliged.

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This moon shot is through the old walnut tree that was planted by Capt. Thomas Coupe, Coupevilles namesake’s wife, back around 1860.

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The moon was over the wharf and reflecting onto Penn Cove. I had hoped to get a photo with the moon closer to the horizon but the further down it went the fainter it became and was not to be.

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But wait, what’s this?

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OK, all together now, “Photoshop”! Yep I just couldn’t resist, I have the tools, I have the knowledge and I had the photos to work with. The only thing I didn’t do was put the reflection on the water. That process takes a lot of time and I’ve got better things to do.

Hopefully we’ll have a better week of walking next week and I hope you’ll all come along. In the meantime have a great weekend!!!

MOVIE TIME

It was really cloudy and gray for my walk this morning so I didn’t find many photo-ops but I did want to share a couple of photos I took earlier.

Saturday my wife spotted this “Rainbow Spiderweb” and wondered if I could take a picture of it. “Of course I can”!

It didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped but at least it gives you a good idea as to the beauty she saw.

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Last night the full moon was beckoning to have its picture taken so I obliged.

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This morning I walked around Pennington Loop which is very residential and wooded. That combination does not generally make for great photos but this group of plants caught my eye. I don’t know what they are and I like the old split rail fence running along behind.

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And now for the “Movie”. This past weekend my friend Bill Schaub visited our wee island town coming all the way from Dublin! Dublin, California that is 😉

He has really gotten into quad-copters and has a very nice DJI model with a GoPro camera mounted on a gimbal. I took him around Coupeville and Fort Casey to capture some of the area. After we were done shooting I edited it down into this video. I hope you enjoy the little tour of Central Whidbey Island. Just click on the photo below.

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Have a great week ahead and don’t work too hard 🙂

BIG TREE

I’m sorry we haven’t walked much this week. Tuesday Marilyn and I had appointments on the mainland so that precluded the walk. Wednesday and Thursday it was raining and I was a woos! While I’m not crazy about walking in the rain I’m even less enthusiastic about trying to take pictures in the rain. But today the skies cleared and I had a nice walk out to the Ebey Prairie and back.

Before I share today’s photos I though I’d share a couple from yesterday. In the afternoon we had a real “Frog Strangler” come through right at sunset. That created a really nice rainbow similar to one that I shared a couple of weeks ago.

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Once the rain stopped the sunlight on the clouds just got better and better. Here’s what it looked like from my front porch.

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This morning as I left the house I couldn’t help but notice the moon. It’s no longer a “Blood Moon” but instead a “Blue Moon”.

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Out on the prairie this big tree caught my eye. I thought the silhouette against the blue sky was stunning.

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With that I’ll wrap up our week and say “Thank you once again for walking with me”. Have a great weekend!