AUTUMN AT ITS BEST – October 30, 2017

I’d like to remind you that if you are reading this on Facebook, please click on the link to see all the photos, I got some good ones today, thanks and enjoy.

It was a beautiful morning around Coupeville and a great day for a long walk. But before I get into that I wanted to share a few photos of our “Torchlight Parade” on Saturday. While there were no torches or floats there was a rather large army of crumb crunchers. As the costumed kids walked down Front Street the local merchants handed out treats. Here’s a shot of the arriving mob lead by the high school cheer squad and fire truck.

Full Parade

Now on to my walk. These red, fall, trees were unbelievable in the morning sunlight.

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The Sherman Prairie Produce farm had this huge display of pumpkins. A nice contrast against the red barn.

Shermans Pumpkins

This big buck scared me as I didn’t see him until I was right next to him. This was right in front of the hospital.

Buck

And now for my “Phantastic Photo of the Day”. I actually took this Saturday afternoon on my way home from the parade. I don’t get many photos late in the day but I’m glad I got the opportunity to capture it. We call that beach house the “Popeye House” because it looks like a place where Popeye would live. Mount Baker is lit by the setting sun.

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I hope you have a fantastic week as we wrap up October. Thanks for spending the time with me.

MORE TULE FOG – October 24, 2017

I’d like to start today by saying; If you are reading this on Facebook please click on the link associated with the picture, that way you get to see all of them. Thanks and enjoy.

This mornings walk was crystal clear until I got to Ebey Prairie where the tule fog had rolled in. I really like taking photos with tule fog, it really adds a cool effect. I think you’ll agree.

First a pumpkin patch with tule fog in the background. I have to say that those are some tiny pumpkins!

Pumpkin Farm

Looking across Ebey Prairie toward the sunrise and Cascade Mountains.

Ebey Prairie in Fog Cascade Mountains

This photo is also looking east with the Sherman Farm buried in the fog and the Cascade Mountains in the background.

Sherman Farm in Fog Cascade Mountains

I need a little help with the next photo. It’s a beautiful field of ???????  It looks like it might be cabbage but the leaves look fuzzy like Dusty Miller, I’m just not sure but it made for a pretty picture.

Leafy Vegetable Crop

And finally, I found the “Tin Family” dressed in their Halloween costumes. I wonder what kind of threats they like?

Tin Family in Costume

And that completes today’s four and a half mile walk. Thanks for joining me and I’ll try to see you again tomorrow!

THE OLYMPICS – September 22, 2017

This is running a little late because I walked six miles this morning and that took a while. Then I had to sort through the sixty some photos I took and that ate up more of the morning.

I have a couple of corrections for last Wednesday’s blog. First off it wasn’t the first day of fall, today is.

Secondly, Coupeville was established in 1853 not 1953, jeez!

This morning I walked across the Ebey Prairie over to Ebey’s Landing. I wanted to get a good photo of the morning sun just as it was lighting the Olympic Mountains. Happily it didn’t disappoint. Here they are looking across Admiralty Inlet and Port Townsend.

Olympic Mountains first sunlight

This next photo isn’t all that great but it might be of interest to you. It’s a picture of a tug boat going out to meet a very large container ship. My best guess is that it will pull alongside and a Puget Sound ships pilot will board the ship to take it into Puget Sound. The waters can be a little tricky and boat traffic can be a hazard. The pilots always do this with large ships so they arrive at their dock without incident.

Container Ship & Tug

At the Sherman Prairie Produce farm I spotted these huge pumpkins. They are already getting ready for Thanksgiving. They always have great displays and lots of things for families to do, besides buy pumpkins.

Sherman Farm big Pumpkins

Back home our cactus has bloomed for the second time this year. This is the first time that has happened. Usually it gets five to seven blooms in early summer and that’s it. What a fragrant surprise, it smells even better than it looks.

Cactus Flower

Thanks for walking with me this week and now onward to the weekend. I hope you make it a good one 🙂

PRAIRIE SUNRISE – August 29, 2017

This morning I walked 4.65 miles out to the Ebey Prairie Reserve and back. Along the way I spotted another defibrillator. This one is located right at the front door of the Prairie Center, Red Apple grocery store. I think it’s important to know where these are located, just in case…

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Prairie Center Defibulator2

A little further out I spotted these pumpkins, WHAT? I thought pumpkins knew the seasons better than this. October is still a long way away!

Pumpkins

If you like blueberries you can get all you can eat along Black Road. These wild blueberry bushes are really producing and you could fill up a bucket in a very short amount of time.

Blueberries

And now the frosting on the cake. I watched the sun break just over the trees and slowly rise. Quite often it goes from a first bright red to a very bright yellow before it gets higher above the trees.  This morning it stayed red for the longest time. I just kept taking photos and of all I took I liked this one the best.

The farmhouse and trees lining the edge of the prairie made for a nice contrast.

Prairie Sunrise

I hope you enjoyed that walk and I didn’t tire you out 🙂 Have a great day and will see you again soon.

YESTERDAY’S NEWS

This mornings photos are brought to you from yesterday’s walk with my sister Diane. We have a full day on our plate and I won’t be walking, at least not around Coupeville so, as I mentioned yesterday, I have more to share.

Out on Ebey Prairie the squash and pumpkins are ready to be harvested. My brother Ron, of Walking Fort Bragg fame, asked a good question, “How do pumpkin’s know to turn orange just in time for Halloween?” Coincidence, I think not.

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Of course some still have a long way to go before they become Halloween material. But I really liked this flower.

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I really like the way Sherman’s Pioneer Produce advertises the fact that they have pumpkins for sale. They paint these hay-rounds every year and place them in a field leading to their farm.

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And finally one more scarecrow we found on Front Street at the Penn Cove Gallery. Who knew scarecrows could be artistic?

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With that I wish you a great day ahead and I’ll be back walking and gawking tomorrow. Please join me if you can and invite your friends along as well.

THE SUN RISES AGAIN

I’m always happy that the sun comes up every day but unfortunately we don’t get to see it every day. We’ve had a run of cloudy mornings lately but this morning was sunny and very special. I hope you like today’s offerings.

This photo almost looks like I’m looking down at reflections of the sunrise on the water but it’s clouds that are so nicely lit up.

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Looking west the sky was pretty as well with these Canada Geese flying in the foreground.

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Further out on the Ebey Prairie Reserve I though this tule fog surrounding the farm was nice.

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It appears that “Sherman’s Pioneer Produce Farm” is open for business. Every year they put out these big hay rounds painted like Jack-O-Lanterns.

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Back in town they are making progress on replacing the perfectly good ADA ramps with new ADA ramps, I guess we have money to burn.

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I spotted a new scarecrow this morning in front of an insurance company. It’s kind of a play on words as the Coupeville High School Mascot is the “Wolf”.

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And finally out on the wharf I saw that the tide was in so no beach to rest on for the seagulls. I guess the roof of the wharf does just fine.

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Enjoy your hump day unless your retired, then there’s never any hump 🙂