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!”

BARNS AND NOBLE MOUNTAINS – April 4, 2015

Welcome to April, now go fool someone 🙂

This morning we walked four miles, I hope you didn’t get too tired. I think you’ll enjoy what we saw though.

The skies to the southwest had a more colorful sunrise than looking east so I took advantage of that, along with the fact that the Olympic Mountains had a dusting of new snow. I hope you like my “Barns and Noble Mountains” photos. These are three different barns out on the Ebey Prairie. All the fields are so green a pretty now, it’s an absolutely beautiful place to walk.

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Along the way I just couldn’t resist the cutest sign of spring I saw anywhere. Welcome to the world little guy or gal!

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As always, thanks for walking with me and hopefully we can get in a few more walks this week.

FOGGY BARNS – February 24, 2015

This morning’s walk took me on a loop out to the Ebey Prairie and back through Coupeville. It was another beautiful morning but there was some tule fog on the prairie that made for a couple of nice photos.

This first one is of the Sherman’s Pioneer Farm barns with a layer of tule fog down low, or is that “On the down low?” 😉

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Not far from there I captured this farmhouse with the Olympic Mountains standing tall.

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Back in Coupeville I thought I’d share a photo of “town”. The historic center of Coupeville is Front Street which is about two blocks long. This photo is looking up Front Street to the sunrise in the east.

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And that wrapped up our walk for today. I’m not sure what tomorrow will bring as sprinkles are coming back into the forecast. If I do get out for a walk please come join me, I always enjoy your company 🙂

JUST A SLIVER – February 17, 2015

Wow, what a gorgeous morning for a walk. It was a little nippy at only 37 degrees F but no wind. I got out extra early because I could tell that there was going to be some great light during the “golden hour” today.

Along the way and just by chance I spotted the moon. As you can see in this photo it was just a sliver and disappeared shortly after this photo.

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From there it was on onward to the Ebey Prairie. The Olympic Mountains were standing tall in the morning light.

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I’ve taken a number of photos of this old barn but this morning it was just begging me to take another one so I obliged and I’m glad I did.

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Back in Coupeville Mount Baker was also standing tall and looking good in the morning light.

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And then a “rocket ship” caught my eye. While it was probably a passenger jet I’d like to believe that it was a rocket ship on its way to a far and distant planet.

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I hope you enjoyed that little three and a half mile walk, I sure did.

MORE CLOUDS – February 4, 2015

I guess I should stop whining about the gray skies and clouds, after all it’s still winter and that’s what we get most days. Fortunately Snohomish Slew, the “Frognosticator Extraordinaire” on January 31st, Washington State “Groundfrog Day”, did not see his shadow so we’ll be having an early spring. For now I’ll take blue and gray photos.

I walked across the island again and caught a peek of the Olympic Mountains above the cloud bank. This really is how blue it was when I took this photo.

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Down on Ebey Landing I pointed my camera west and took a picture of the cliff and beach. It’s not great but gives you an idea of the beauty that is all around Coupeville.

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Heading back home I spotted these unusual vegetables in the garden at Willowood Farm. They kind of look like beats but not. Any ideas?

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So on our 6.5 mile walk this morning that’s all I saw that needed it’s picture taken. The blogs may get a little sparse the rest of this week since we have rain in the forecast for the next four days.

Thanks for joining me today and I’ll see you soon.

SPECTACULAR OLYMPICS – January 21, 2015

For the first time since my prostate cancer surgery and radiation treatments a year ago I walked over 3.5 miles and out to the middle of Ebey Prairie. I walked 4.78 miles and it felt pretty good. What made it feel “Real Good” was the spectacular sunrise on the Olympic Mountains.

How many miles would you walk for photos like these?

I hope you enjoy them.

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And just for good measure I threw in a Photoshopped “Art Photo” that I took at Sherman’s Pioneer Produce Farm just for good measure.

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Thanks for walking with me today and with any luck we’ll do it again tomorrow!

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Happy Monday, hope you  are having a great day to start the week, I know I am. It started with a really nice walk in the sunshine with big puffy clouds hanging around, perfect for what I do!

I start with a play on words as the moon was beside the spire on St. Mary’s Catholic Church. It “in-spire-d” me to take a photo 🙂

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On my way to Ebey Prairie I spotted Mt. Rainier, a 104 miles away as the crow flies, and captured the moment. You don’t see Mt. Rainier very often from Coupeville this time of year.

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Out on the prairie I just had to take another photo of this barn. I’ve taken an number of different photos of it but this mornings sun lit it just perfectly along with the clouds in the background.

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And finally this panorama of the prairie with more dramatic clouds. This is looking toward Port Townsend and the Olympic Mountains.

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With that I return you to your regularly scheduled program. As always, thanks for walking with me, I hope to see you again tomorrow!