SAD DAY ON THE PRAIRIE – MARCH 10, 3017

The weather gave me a break and I finally got off my derriere and went for a nice four and a half mile walk. I headed out to the Ebey Prairie to check things out. Along the way I spotted a herd of deer.  It’s pretty unusual to see six deer in one spot, but here ya go.

Deer Herd of Six

Then it was on to my final destination and why the sadness on the prairie. One of the most photographed farms on the prairie is the Willowood Farm built in the 1800’s. Here’s one I took a few months back.

Smith Farm Before

Unfortunately it no longer looks like that. Monday night, March 6th, the Smith barn caught fire and burnt to the ground. Here’s a photo from the South Whidbey Record newspaper taken by Whidbey Island Custom Photography.

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Here’s the story in the South Whidbey Record. Not only was the barn a total loss but a lot of their farm equipment was destroyed as well.

The Smith’s have always been a very generous family often letting local groups use their barn for fundraisers. Now they need help! There is a “Go Fund Me” page that has been created for them. If you’d like to help please go to “https://www.gofundme.com/never-finished-farming-smith-barn” and give what you can, thank you.

And here’s the farm today. It’s kind of ironic that the mountains are gone as well as the barn, sort of sobering look. Hopefully with the generosity of many people they’ll have a new barn in the near future although it won’t be the historic one that burnt.

Smith Farm Burnt Barn

Just a comment about this photo, that is not smoke where the barn was, it’s a fog bank across Admiralty Inlet by Port Townsend.

Thanks for walking with me today and with any luck the weather prognosticator will be nicer to us next week. Have a great weekend!

KISSED BY THE SUN – January 25, 2016

This morning turned out great and I hope you enjoy the walk.

Being a “walking” photographer it can be hard to time things with the sun and the weather. There are just so many variables that change so quickly.

Some days it looks promising and like last Friday which was a wash out. Other days start to develop but by the time I get to a good spot it has fizzled.

This morning it looked a little iffy with lots of clouds around but as I got closer to the prairie I could see that sun was just kissing the tops of the Olympic Mountain Range. I kept walking faster and faster to try and find the best photo spots. I was almost running the last mile. But it was all worth it.

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Instead of it fading fast it just kept getting better and better. This was taken above Ebey’s Landing overlooking Admiralty Inlet with the Port Townsend Lighthouse just below the Olympics.

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There is a historical marker just above Ebey’s Landing, where I took the above photo, that tells of the location where Colnel Isaac N. Ebey was not just “killed by Indians” but beheaded. I don’t remember the whole story but it was a revenge killing for the killing of a chief’s son. Ebey did not kill the chief’s son but was in a position of power so they chose him to get even.

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On my way back I spotted my friends Al-the-Walker and Deborah walking the high ridge along Ebey Reserve. I’m sure they were getting a spectacular view from up there.

Here’s how far away they were and then the closest I could get with my telephoto.

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And that starts the last week of January 2016, hard to believe. Thanks for walking with me I always enjoy the company.

GAFFED HEAD’SYL SCHOONER – April 27, 2015

Happy Monday one and all 🙂

The  flat gray mornings just keep coming but it did make for a comfortable walk and this nice photo of the Alcyone gaffed head’syl schooner out of Port Townsend, Washington. The Alcyone is a classic 81′ gaff rigged topmast schooner. In 1956, Seattle master shipwright Frank Prothero launched a boat he had been working on for six years. She’s a training vessel and I believe she can also be chartered. If you want to go for a virtual boat ride just click here.

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That’s all I’ve got for you today as we head to a couple of appointments off island. Hopefully I’ll be back tomorrow with more Coupeville Impressions.

Enjoy your week ahead!

EBEY LANDING – January 27, 2015

Once again we had heavy overcast which made for grainy photos. I decided to extend my walk and walked to Ebey Landing on the other side of the island. That ended up being around six and a quarter miles.

It really was difficult to get any good photos but the exercise was great! Below are the results of that effort.

You can see from this photo looking east how heavy the clouds were.

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This is looking across Admiralty Inlet to Port Townsend. The white cloud is steam coming from the cardboard factory.

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I zoomed in and was able to capture the Port Townsend lighthouse just as the red beacon flashed.

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In the middle of the prairie I thought this sign with the vegetables and old farm in the background made an interesting photo.

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Of course, as I’m typing this blog, the sun just came out, go figure!

Thanks for walking with me today I really enjoyed it.

A FAVOR PLEASE

I have a favor to ask of you before we get on with our walk. If you receive my blog in your email inbox would you please click on this LINK. It will open up my blog in your web browser. I’m trying to get an idea of how many people walk with me each day and by doing this I’ll have a better idea.

If you click on my blog link in Facebook or other ways just read on and enjoy.

Today I walked 6.4 miles from “sea to shining sea”! It was a beautiful morning with many photo ops.

To help you relate where I walk I thought I’d include a map of my route along with numbers where the photos were takes. I won’t do this every day but thought you might find it interesting to see where all you walk.

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#1. I saw this great view looking over our little town and out into a mirror-like Penn Cove.

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#2. This Robin looked so pretty and was singing it’s morning song. I just couldn’t resist.

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#3. Out on the Ebey Prairie I decided to get artsy and take a low shot from the road over toward Port Townsend and the Olympic Mountains across Admiralty Inlet.

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#4. This is Ebey Landing and it looks like someone has built a two bedroom beach house.

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#5. Back toward town I ran into my two walking buddies, Al and Deborah. We don’t walk together as I walk at a different time but we cross paths and have a nice conversation most days. They claim to be in the “Coupeville Witness Protection Program” and I’m not supposed to show their pictures but, Oh Well! They are really fun people 🙂

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#6. I spotted this Black Bird, at least I think it’s a Black Bird and just liked the way it looked. Sometimes you need to try and get “glamor shots” of the “lesser” birds.

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#7. Out on the Coupeville Wharf I noticed another interesting yacht. I know nothing about this one but it sure has interesting lines.

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And back home our Crabapple is in full bloom and looking great. It’s the oldest Crabapple tree on the island and it probably won’t be with us for very many more years but for now we sure do enjoy it.

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I hope you enjoyed our walk today and clicked on the link I suggested above, I really appreciate it. Have a great week ahead!

SPRING IS HERE!

While it’s still kind of chilly, cloudy and rainy there are definite signs of spring. This group of flowers in the Captain Thomas A. Coupe Park garden, that’s maintained by the Coupeville Garden Club, caught my eye.

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I saw several interesting things around Coupeville during my walk. No particular theme here just random photos that I like.

I’d never seen these old vehicles before, one “sweet”, one “work in progress”.

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Out on the Ebey Prairie I noticed an unusual rainbow, if you can call it that. It was basically a “blob” of color over Port Townsend. The phenomena probably has a name, anyone know what it’s called?

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I call this one “Beached”. I do believe this boat has seen it last days on the seas.

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On the north side of the island I spotted this sea monster. I think it needs further study to know exactly what species it might be.

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And finally, I love this small town. Many places you go you will see big ugly signs that say “Keep Out” or “No Trespassing” but here in Coupeville we take a kinder and gentler approach.

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Thanks for walking with me and enjoy your day, the weekend is just around the corner.

FARM REFLECTION

This morning’s walk as out on the Ebey Prairie again after a big rainstorm and wind storm yesterday. It left lots of standing water in the farm fields and the reflections in this pond caught my eye.

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I’ve been checking out this barn for a while and this morning the sun was just right for Mr. Canon  to get a good photo.

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Over by Ebey’s Landing I looked across Admiralty Inlet to see what looked like Port Townsend burning. Of course for those who live around here knows that its’ steam from the Port Townsend Paper Company founded in 1928.

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Back on my side of the island I saw these beautiful little Bubbleja Globosa, Orange Ball Bubbleja flowers.

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I also saw this Lilac along the fence of our waste processing plant, how nice.

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Down at the wharf there were two immature eagles. A early morning kayaker was getting up close an personal with one of them sitting on an old piling and lamp post.

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The other eagle posed very nicely for Mr. Canon.

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And finally for today I want to remind you about the upcoming Penn Cove Water Festival this Saturday the 18th. It’s a really fun time for families with lots of activities for kids and the Indian dugout canoes races are always fun to watch. You can read all about it HERE.

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Have a nice day and please share my day with you friends using whatever way works best for you.