MADRONA DYING – March 2, 2017

Welcome to a new month. So far March has been cooler and mostly cloudy with a few sprinkles so I guess I’d have to say it’s coming in like a tame lion.

I really didn’t find any good photo ops this morning but I did notice a couple of interesting things I documented.

First stop, the Coupeville Wharf. A few posts ago I had a picture of a guy pressure washing the boat dock. They’ve completed that and have moved on to the pier. You can see in this photo just how far he’s gotten. It’s going to look great when it’s all done.

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Because the wind was blowing pretty good I tried to walk in the lea of the island. That worked pretty well. I walked out Madrona Way and noticed something really disturbing. The Madrona trees appear to be dying.

Madrona Way is lined with beautiful, red barked, Madrona trees. The road goes west from Coupeville for three miles to highway 20 along scenic Penn Cove, the mussel farm and Kennedy Lagoon. Sadly it looks like about 70% – 80% of the trees are dying. I don’t know if anything is being done to try and save them. Doing a quick search on the internet it sounds like it could be one of several causes; foliage diseases, branch dieback and trunk canker diseases, and root diseases.

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It was good to see you all today as we had a nice four mile walk, whew! I hope to see you again tomorrow.

DRAMATIC SKIES – February 22, 2017

What better way to start the day than with a nice four mile walk around Coupeville. So get your shoes on and let’s go!

I spotted this boathouse at the bottom of a cliff by Penn Cove. I liked all the nautical stuff they’ve attached to the outside. My camera was zoomed all the way in to get this photo.

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I’ve taken a number of photos of this old Walnut tree but I thought with the dramatic sky it would make a nice silhouette and it certainly did. Captain Thomas Coupe, the namesake of Coupeville, and his wife Maria lived in the house you can just barely see at the bottom of this photo. Maria planted this walnut tree in the mid 1850’s.

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I don’t do a lot of panorama’s but the dramatic sky this morning was begging for it. This is looking north across Penn Cove.

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Thanks for joining me on this beautiful hump day! I hope to walk with you again soon.

NEW ROOF – February 16, 2017

I mentioned a few posts back that the Captain Joseph Clapp house was going to get a new roof. Well it’s finally happening and it’s going to be beautiful as well as protect this beautiful old Victorian home  for many more years.

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The Captain Joseph Clapp house was built in 1886. It’s one of my favorite Victorian, Queen Anne-style, homes. Captain Clapp was a sea captain, as were many of the people who settled in Coupeville. He died in 1940 at the age of 97. He was the last of the original sea captains  who settled here.

To give you a better sense of where this beautiful home is I took this photo from about five blocks away. Imagine how great the view must be from inside the house. It sits right along Penn Cove.

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If you’d like to have a nice little home that sits along Penn Cove I found one for you. It’s on a high bluff right on the water. It’s located on the corner of the Coupeville Town Park. Built in 1867 I believe it was originally two houses put together as one.

It’s 1,534 square feet, has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 3 fireplaces and is currently the Cliff House B&B. This lovely place can be yours for only $749,000! I’d jump right on it but it doesn’t have a garage or woodshop and I don’t have anywhere near that kind of money. But if you do it’s a lovely place.

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And that’s a wrap for Thursday. Thanks for walking with me and if the weather holds we’ll do it again tomorrow.

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE… February 13, 2017

It was a little on the chilly side again this morning but I just bundled up and went for it. I turned around part way up the street that goes past my house and liked what I saw. I decided I’d share my neighborhood with you this morning.

The closest house on the left, with the portable garage, is our home. Inside the portable garage is the teardrop camper trailer I’m building although not a lot is going on these days because there’s just no way to heat it. The good news is warmer weather is on the way in the not too distant future.

It’s obviously trash and recycle pickup day and you can see Penn Cove in the background.

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I must have several hundred photos of the Coupeville Wharf but I never get tired of it and I hope you don’t either. This morning I liked the lighting, reflection and Mt. Baker in the background. It also looks cold which is so true.

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I hope that gets your week started and you’ll come back and walk with me again real soon. Enjoy your week ahead!

COUPEVILLE TOWN PARK – January 24, 2017

This morning was gray with very flat light meaning poor pictures. But all you fellow walkers seem to enjoy seeing different things around and about my wee island village.

I’m sure that almost every town in these United States have town parks so today I took pictures of our Town Park because I think it’s something to be proud of.

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The first thing that greets you as you approach the park is this big slice of an old tree estimated to be well over 700 years old.

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old-tree

There is a nice big kitchen that can be reserved and used along with a bunch of picnic tables. The Coupeville Lions Club are refurbishing it getting it ready for this summer. The Lions Club always has a huge salmon bake each summer.

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There’s a nice little playground for the kiddies and in the background you can see the restrooms, which are very nice, as well as the tennis court.

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And like many parks we have a bandstand. Well not “just” a bandstand it’s a “huge” bandstand. It’s a wonderful venue for summer music concerts which happen every year.

bandstand

I did walk out toward Ebey Prairie just to add a few more miles to our walk and by golly, despite the poor light, I got a couple of pretty good photographs of this old barn. It’s on the property where they process all the mussels from the Penn Cove Mussel Farm. You can certainly tell which side of the barn faces south.

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And with that I’ll cut you lose. Have a wonderful day and thanks for walking with me, you’re the best!

ONE RED APPLE – January 10, 2017

ONE RED APPLE – January 10, 2017

The radar map this morning was showing possible rain or even snow but I bundled up and weather it. To my surprise the clouds parted and the sun came out. It ended up being a beautiful walk and I hope you enjoy it.

I have been trying to get a photo of this apple tree that’s still loaded with apples. This morning I finally found an angle that worked and to my surprise I spotted “One Red Apple”. It’s not a great photograph but I thought it was kind of cool.

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Along the way I spotted a small herd of deer roaming the neighborhood. We have several small herds like this around town.

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If you had a big ol’ power meter planted in your front yard how would you disguise it? I’m not sure how successful this effort was but I found it interesting just the same.

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And just to prove to you that it was a stellar morning here’s that big pile of snow called Mt. Baker just beyond Penn Cove to the northeast.

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Thanks for walking with me I enjoyed your company. I look forward to seeing you again tomorrow.

TOO COLD! – January 5, 2017

TOO COLD! – January 5, 2017

I’m sorry folks but no walking around Coupeville today, it’s just too darn cold. It’s currently 22 degrees F and dropping. You can call me a “wimp”, “woos” or anything you like but I prefer to be called “Warm” in my nice little island home.

I did stick my nose out and took the rather frosty looking photo of my neighborhood from my front porch with Penn Cove in the distance.

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Just for fun I though I’d share a couple of photos I took during my hiatus this fall. This young buck was just coming into his antlers. He’s going to be magnificent!

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This sunrise was spectacular and almost looked to be on fire.

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I hope you have a nice day and with any luck, and warming, we’ll go walking tomorrow.