SUNRISE & MOON – October 6, 2017

These fall days have just been perfect for an early morning walk. It’s chilly but the sunrises have been spectacular. This morning was the capper for the week. The sunrise lasted for the longest time providing lots of photo-ops.

First up, looking across Penn Cove and Saratoga Straits at Mt. Baker basking in the bright pink and orange sunrise.

Red Mt Baker Sunrise

When I got to the Coupeville Wharf the pinks had turned more yellow but still a beautiful shot of the waterfront.

Waterfront Sunrise

Just in case you didn’t know, last night we had the “Full Harvest Moon”. I got a couple of pictures of it when it was rising in the east using my cell phone but discovered that it does not take low light pictures worth a darn.

Fortunately the full moon was still shining bright this morning but it was darting in and out of the pink clouds to the west, illuminated by the sunrise. Here’s what it looked like!

Harvest Moon Pink Clouds

With¬† that I’ll wrap up the week and onward to the weekend. I hope you enjoyed walking with me this week and I hope you have a grand weekend!

HAZY SUNRISE – September 25, 2017

On my three mile walk this morning the sunrise was very different and kind of hazy. Fortunately it made for some nice and interesting photos. So let’s get right to it.

First up, an interesting hazy sunrise with trees half hidden in the fog.

Hazy Sunrise trees

On my way to the Coupeville Wharf I spotted a fleet of sailboats at anchor on Penn Cove reflecting in the calm seas.

Anchored Sailboats on Penn Cove

Here’s the Schooner Suva from the wharf, basking in the hazy sunrise.

Schooner Suva Hazy Sunrise

On the way back home I spotted Mt. Baker just moments before it was eaten by the low lying clouds. This sort of reminds me of some Japanese paintings I’ve see of their mountains.

Mount Baker Hazy Sunrise

And with that we start the last week of September. What a great month it’s been. Enjoy what’s left and then onward!

As always, thanks for walking with me, I really enjoy your company. Please share this with your friends so they can join in as well. Thanks!

DRAMATIC CLOUDS – September 19, 2017

This morning’s three mile walk was really too dark to get any good pictures of anything except some very dramatic clouds that were in the east. We do have a 60% chance of rain today so I guess this should be expected.

This one was taken looking east over Pennington Loop in Coupeville.

Dramatic Sky 1

This one is overlooking Penn Cove, again looking east.

Dramatic Sky 2

And that’s all I got! More rain on the way for tomorrow so walking will be hit or miss. Of course I’m always hoping for a “HIT!”

FRONT STREET FALL – September 20, 2017

In the previous post I said Coupeville was established in 1953, it should have been 1853, that makes a lot more sense.

Welcome to “Fall” 2017. After the most fantastic summer I can every remember we now transition into fall.

This mornings three mile walk showed me signs of fall on Front Street as well as some nice photographs of it.

It seems like most seaside towns have a street along the water named “Front Street” where the towns commerce first developed.

Coupeville was established in 1853 and over the next forty years grew from Front Street on up the hill. Today Front Street still hosts a lot of commerce, mostly in the form of curio shops, gift shops, clothing stores, restaurants and a tavern. Here’s what it looks like at 6:30 in the morning.

Front Street looking east as seen from the trail going from town to the town park.

Front Street Looking East from Trail

Here it is looking east from ground level.

Front Street Sunrise looking east

And the first sign of fall with the leaves on this maple tree changing colors a little early. This is looking west down Front Street.

Front Street Looking West Fall Tree-3

I almost feel like I need to apologize for this next photo but I just couldn’t help myself! Yup, it’s “Frank” again, our resident great blue heron sitting on its favorite lamp post over Penn Cove with the sunrise in the background, enjoy.

Frank Blue Heron at Sunrise from Wharf

Have a great hump day and enjoy the fall season ahead.

 

FOR THE BIRDS – September 18, 2017

Happy Monday and welcome to another wonderful week in paradise!

This morning’s walk wasn’t all that long as we have threatening skies but I did spot a bunch of birds. First up, Frank, one of our great blue heron’s, flying low over Penn Cove.

Frank Flying Low Over Water

Down by the Coupeville Wharf there were hundreds of seagulls swimming around and standing on the beach. Here are just a few.

Seagulls On The Beach

I wondered what the attraction was and I think I found it. It would appear that the crabs are in and easy pray.

Seagulls with Crab

Our weather has really changed the last two days, almost as though a switch was thrown changing it from summer to winter. Here’s just one more indication. It looks like the Canada Geese are heading south!

Geese Flying South

Any my “beauty shot” for the day is some boats tied up to the dock basking in a beautiful Penn Cove sunrise.

Boats at Dock at Sunrise

There, that should start your week, it certainly did mine. Have a great week and, weather willing, we’ll do this again tomorrow. As always, thanks for walking with me!

MORE FRANK – September 12, 2017

Perhaps you’ve heard the musical comment “More Cowbell”. Well this mornings walk presented another photo op for “More Frank”. But first…

I spotted this Madrona tree basking in the golden morning light. It certainly did make the red bark pop! There are a lot of Madrona trees here in Coupeville and mornings like this really makes them special.

Madrona Tree

And, as promised, “More Frank”! I really like this silhouette of Frank, our resident Great Blue Heron, against the morning sky looking over Penn Cove.

Frank - Sailboat - Sunrise

That’s it! I only walked two miles this morning but at least I got out and walked, that’s what’s important. I hope you walk as well and not just with me.

FOG BANK WHARF – September 1, 2017

Welcome to September 2017. It was a beautiful morning for a nice little walk. 52 degrees F and clear skies. I only walked 2 1/4 miles but that’s because I stopped a lot to look at the scenery and take photos. Here are just a few from my efforts.

First up “Frank Fishing”. This Great Blue Heron was frozen solid waiting for just the perfect breakfast to swim close enough to snatch from the water. At least while I was standing there it struck out. Maybe I distracted it.

Heron Fishing

One thing that is really beautiful on Whidbey Island are all the “high bank” areas that we have exposing millions of years of geology. This high bank is along Scenic Heights just southeast of Oak Harbor on the other side of Penn Cove from Coupeville. The morning sun really makes them stand out.

Scenic Heights High Bank

The Coupeville Wharf was basking in the morning sun as well but there was an ominous cloud bank behind it. Fortunately the cloud bank has dissipated and it’s going to be a beautiful day all over the island.

Whar and Cloud Bank

I have a busy weekend of music ahead. The Island Jazz Collective, a jazz group I play drums with, will be performing at the Ciao Italian Restaurant in Coupeville tonight ¬†from 6:00 – 8:00PM. On Sunday we’ll be playing at the Oak Harbor Music Festival from 12:00 – 1:00 PM. If you get a chance, stop by and listen to some cool jazz and say hi!

Thanks for walking with me and have a great September.