WASH OUT – January 22, 2016

I got in a nice “half” walk this morning. It was a balmy 52 degrees F but very cloudy when I left home. I had checked radar and we had our “Weather Hole” that’s caused by the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains.

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I got half way across Ebey Prairie heading for Ebey’s Landing and heard a wild ruckus. It was a huge flock of ducks flying around and landing on a pond in a field. I grabbed my camera and managed to get a photo of it. It’s not great because it was still fairly dark out but you get the idea.

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Shortly after that the skies opened up and I turned around and headed for home. Sadly I had not taken my rain gear so by the time I got home I was soaked to the bone.

About a half mile from home the rain stopped and by the time I got home the sun was out, crazy weather.

Along the way I saw this cormorant  sitting on a mooring buoy looking like he owns the whole ocean.

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As I starting to dry out I spotted this gorgeous rainbow over my wee village. This place truly is a pot of gold!

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With that we out of the way we can get on with the weekend. I hope you have a wonderful one and will walk again with me next week.

LAND OF PLENTY

I had another nice walk this morning but before I get started I’d like to share a rainbow photo I took during yesterday’s storm. We had a real “gully washer” come through dumping half an inch of rain in just fifteen minutes, very unusual for our little island. We had what I call “Angry Skies”!

The rainbow never brightened up like I had hoped but what caught my eye was how “flat” it was. Most rainbows we see have a huge arch up in the sky, this one didn’t.

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But this morning the storm was all gone and I had a wonderful walk on a stellar morning.

Being a small seaside village we attract many artists and there is art to be found everywhere. Of course what one person calls art may get an entirely different comment from someone else. This “Art” caught my eye as possibly falling into the “something different” category.

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Walking out on the Coupeville Wharf the suns rays, peeking under the old “Livery” building, caught my eye. The Livery was erected in 1897 to capitalize on the Klondike gold rush. Charles Terry had a large orchard and hired local women to dry prunes for shipment to Alaskan miners. Potatoes and onions were also processed. In 1908, Carl and Laurin Gillespie, sons of the butcher next door, opened a livery stable, renting out horses and later cars. There’s  a second-floor opening to the hayloft. In the 1950’s it became Lindsay’s Marina. Today the Vail Wine Shop fills the front of the building selling fine island wines and offers wine tasting as well as a light lunch menu.

This historic information comes from the Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve pamphlet “Self-Guided Walking Tour of Historic Coupeville”.

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And now the “Land of Plenty”! Penn Cove is famous the world over for the finest mussels in the world. When the tide is out the mussel beds are exposed and the local birds just love them. Below are two photos, one of a Seagull and the other of a Starling munching down a wonderful breakfast of Penn Cove Mussels, yum!

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If you are a working person, have a great “Hump Day”, if your’re retired like me, enjoy whatever day you want it to be 🙂

BIG TREE

I’m sorry we haven’t walked much this week. Tuesday Marilyn and I had appointments on the mainland so that precluded the walk. Wednesday and Thursday it was raining and I was a woos! While I’m not crazy about walking in the rain I’m even less enthusiastic about trying to take pictures in the rain. But today the skies cleared and I had a nice walk out to the Ebey Prairie and back.

Before I share today’s photos I though I’d share a couple from yesterday. In the afternoon we had a real “Frog Strangler” come through right at sunset. That created a really nice rainbow similar to one that I shared a couple of weeks ago.

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Once the rain stopped the sunlight on the clouds just got better and better. Here’s what it looked like from my front porch.

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This morning as I left the house I couldn’t help but notice the moon. It’s no longer a “Blood Moon” but instead a “Blue Moon”.

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Out on the prairie this big tree caught my eye. I thought the silhouette against the blue sky was stunning.

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With that I’ll wrap up our week and say “Thank you once again for walking with me”. Have a great weekend!

PERKINS’ FARM

I stretched it out a little this morning and walked 4 3/4 miles in the sunshine. With a beautiful day coming on it was easy to walk that far. Here’s what Mt. Baker looked like as I started my walk.

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As I got out on the Ebey Prairie the Olympic Mountains were lighting up in the morning sun and I took this panorama shot that has kind of an interesting lighting effect. Click on the photo for a full view.

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Over the past year I’ve been watching the progress of the restoration of the 1890 Perkins’ Farmhouse. It looks like it’s all done and looks just wonderful. Here is a before (just as they got the new roof on and starting into the project) and the after.

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I think it’s just great how they are saving all these great old farmhouses.

Last night we had a rain squall come through right at sunset, it made for a beautiful rainbow right out our front window. This photo doesn’t do it justice but at least it gives you an idea of what we saw.

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Thanks once again for walking with me and have a great day!