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!

SAILBOATS AT SUNRISE – August 25, 2017

As we approach the last few days of August, the dark mornings are getting longer and change is in the air. I keep leaving a little later each morning trying to catch the sunrise and this morning did not disappoint.

Perhaps you’ve heard the old song, “Red Sails In The Sunset”, well this morning it was “Red Sailboats in the Sunrise”. This was taken from the Coupeville Wharf where the sailboats were moored overnight.

Sailboats Red Sunrise at Wharf

Several of you asked if I would take a photo of the beautiful old home that was being painted a very dark color, when it was done, so I did. Now that it’s done it’s quite striking and looks more dark blue that it did against the original yellow color.

Black House

At the end of my walk I decided to take a photo of our volunteer sunflower. There is a pot of flowers on the porch and a few weeks ago what looked like a weed started to sprout. Rather than pull it we decided to see what it was. We think a squirrel most likely planted the seed to be eaten at a later date.

Well it grew and grew and grew and a couple of days ago the flower opened up. What a spectacular addition to our home.

Sunflower Home

So that’s what I saw on our little 2.4 mile walk this morning. Of course I saw lots more but that’s enough for this week.

Have a grand weekend and if you happen to be in the Seattle area swing by the Hiram Chittenden Locks in Ballard, my big swing band, The Tempos, will be performing Sunday from 2:00 – 4:00. Grab me and say hi, I love to meet people who walk with me. I hope to see you there!

BOATS DEER BIRD WATER – August 1, 2017

Welcome to August 2017! It’s my favorite month of the year because it’s the middle of summer and the weather is usually fantastic plus it’s my birth month, a memorable moment indeed.

Get your good walking shoes on because we’re going to walk four miles this morning. First stop Ebey Prairie Reserve. In the golden sunrise this farm really popped out. The Olympic Mountains are in the background with just a wee bit of snow near the top.

Barn and Olympics

Then back over to the other side of the island for some boats. I really like this green boat that’s been anchored out in Penn Cove for over a month. What a wonderful place to swing on a hook.

Green Boat in Penn Cove

The tide was way out this morning and the Coupeville Wharf was standing tall. I’m always amazed that there is enough water under the dock for the big sailboats to dock without hitting bottom

Wharf at Low Tide

And last but not least, “Boats Deer Bird Water”! I don’t know what this deer was looking for out there but it went out a ways and looked like it was getting his feet stuck to in the muddy bottom but it got back to shore just fine.

Boats Deer Bird in Water

I hope you enjoyed that little walk and will come back tomorrow. Enjoy the great month ahead.

LOVE BIRD’S – June 30, 2017

Two days in a row, how about that?

This morning I’ll take you on a little over three mile walk around Coupeville. It was a foggy morning so it made taking photographs a little tricky but like my brother Ron always says, “On a foggy day take foggy pictures”, so that’s what I did.

First up, “The Wharf”. I liked the way these flowers framed the foggy wharf.

Foggy Wharf with Flowers

Out on the wharf I looked back at the backside of Coupeville’s Front Street, huh?

Front Street From Wharf Fogg

And then I spotted my old friend “Frank” the Great Blue Heron. Here he’s sitting on his favorite pole, flanked by foggy sailboats in the background that are anchored in Penn Cove.

Frank in Fogg with Boats

He was posing so nice I think he wanted a close up so I obliged. Frank’s happy now and I got a great shot.

Frank in Fogg

And finally on the backside of the wharf, on the gas dock, were two Pigeon Guillemont’s kissing! It was a beautiful display of affection as they kissed over and over. Is nature great or what?

Pigeon Guillemont Kiss

That should wrap this week and now onward to what should be the start of the Fourth of July holiday.

Thanks for walking with me and I’ll knock on your door soon so we can do it again.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR – January 2, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR – January 2, 2017

Happy New Year to all my friends. After a rather long hiatus I’m back! I guess I should also wish you a happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

I spent the summer designing and building, from scratch, a 5′ X 10′ teardrop camping trailer. It’s about 95% complete but the cold weather has stifled my activities on it. I’ll finish it up and post pictures in early spring. For right now this is a sneak peak from inside the portable garage.

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In the meantime I thought I’d start the year out right with a little walk around my wee village of Coupeville. It was cold and still fairly dark when I walked so the photos aren’t great but they should give you and idea of how things are looking around town.

First of all the dock to the wharf, as well as a lot of the town, is still lit up with Christmas lights.

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There were two sailboats docked at the wharf with Mt. Baker in the background at first light. This was taken around 8:30am.

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The little town park is still decorated from Christmas and I thought the kids playing in the Christmas lights was nice. Normally they are basking in the summer sun with the boy dumping water on his head from the bucket. The Admiralty Inn is in the background.

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It’s hard to get good photos in poor light without a tripod but I hope you enjoyed our walk just the same. I’ll try to do a lot better this year and spend more time with you. Have a great year ahead!

LILIES AND SNAILS – April 13, 2015

Happy Monday and welcome back. It was a dark cloudy morning and I didn’t walk very far but wanted to share what I saw this morning.

First stop was the wharf where I saw this raft of sailboats just breaking up and heading out. I hope they enjoyed their time in my wee town.

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On the way back home I noticed this beautiful “Zantedeschia aethiopica” or “Arum Lilies”. They are growing along the fence of the local waste treatment plant. I call it “Coupe’s Poop Plant” because it’s sandwiched between the Captain Thomas A. Coupe park and boat launch, and Coupe’s original home built around 1854. Coupe is where Coupeville gets its name.

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If you look closely you may notice the snails munching away on the leaf just to the left of the tallest right flower. Well here, let me show you.

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If you look even closer at the lower most flower you’ll see another snail way down inside next to the stamen.

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It’s really amazing what all you’ll see if you just stop and smell the flowers.

Thanks for walking with me today and I look forward to you joining me again real soon.

On The Waterfront

Hi boys and girls, welcome to another wonderful week in Coupeville. It was a beautiful morning for a small walk along the waterfront to the Coupeville Wharf and back. I’m always amazed at what all I find in a few short blocks.

Before the sun came up this morning I spotted Jupiter and Venus close together on the horizon.

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It was a real pastel sunrise with these sailboats in the foreground.

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As you regular followers know I just can’t resist a sunrise photo of the Coupeville Wharf. The  tide was going out.

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I really liked the coloring from the sun on the old wood siding of the Aqua Gifts building.

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I spotted this “art piece” on a house I walk by almost every day. I’m not sure if it’s new or I just missed it but I really like it.

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In the same house I noticed this sailboat made from animal horns, what a clever idea.

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Coupeville’s Front Street was rather vacant this morning but it sure was nicely lit.

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Out on the wharf I met a fellow photographer, he is from Nashville, Tennessee. His name is Steve Shapiro and is a professional photographer here as part of a photography class at the Pacific Northwest Art School here in town. You can check out Steve’s wonderful photos at www.steveshapirophotography.com.

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Heron are a large part of our nature scene and this one looked really nice in the morning sun.

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And finally, on the way home, this beautiful old Chris Craft was leaving Penn Cove after a night at the wharf.

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I hope you have a wonderful week ahead and I look forward to having you along on more walks this week.