Marine Layer – May 15, 2018

After a couple of fabulous days the marine layer rolled in this morning. That made for some difficult but interesting photography as evidenced by the Coupeville Wharf as seen from Captain Thomas Coupe Park.

Foggy Wharf

If you look closely you can see the schooner Suva tied up to the right end of the dock. Walking out on the wharf I got a better look and I do believe she’s ready for this coming weekends “Whidbey SailFest”. You can read all about it here.

Suva at Dock

And my old friend “Frank”, the great blue heron, is back at his post keeping an eye on Coupeville and Penn Cove. He’s looking a little rough but still a magnificent bird.


With that I’ll fade back into the fog and let you get on with your day. I hope it’s a good one and we can do this again real soon.

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!

DEFIBRILLATOR – August 23, 2017

This morning I have a safety announcement for the citizens of Coupeville and its visitors. I just spotted a defibrillator mounted to the side of the Collections Boutique store at the Front Street end of the Coupeville Wharf. We can only hope that no one ever needs to use it but it’s there should an emergency arrive.

Collections Store with Defibulator Box

Do you see it, next to the little library box?

Defibulator Box

I was out walking early this morning and the sun wasn’t quite up yet but I still got this interesting photo of Mt. Baker just above the trees.

Mt Baker Sunrise through Trees

And once again, I just couldn’t resist taking yet another photo of a sunrise over the wharf and Penn Cove. Who could get tired of this view?

Wharf Boats Sunrise

The schooner Suva was basking in the morning sun. I copied this description from the Suva website.

“Come aboard the Suva and sail back in time! This Gatsby-era schooner was built in 1925 for Coupeville resident and attorney, Frank J Pratt, Jr. She was designed by Ted Geary, a noted Seattle naval architect. Built in Hong Kong, then shipped to British Columbia for spars and rigging, Suva sailed into Coupeville making a grand entrance. Since that time, Suva remained in Puget Sound waters. She is now the proud flagship of the¬†Coupeville Maritime Heritage Foundation, only her sixth owner, and is open to the public for tours and sailing. Come discover her charm. Welcome aboard!”

What a beautiful old boat!

Suva at Sunrise

And that’s a wrap for this weeks Hump Day. Thanks for walking with me and I’ll see you again real soon.

WANING STORM – September 3, 2015

Welcome to September, a few days late. It has rained every day this month along with some pretty good winds. Last weekend it was gusting to 50+ MPH here on the island. Not my idea of “walking weather”.

Today was much better and it looks like the storm is finally waning. Here are a couple of photos showing it in graphic detail.

This one is looking east across Penn Cove.


This is from the Coupeville Wharf with a lovely yacht and the schooner Suva at the dock.


That was it, a nice walk and a couple of photos, I’m a happy guy ūüôā Have a wonderful day and I’ll see you again soon walking by my side.

FLOWERS AND BIRDS – May 18, 2015

Sorry for the long delay but I’ve been really busy and just haven’t had the time to post a blog. I know, I’m retired and should have all kinds of time but that doesn’t seem to be the case¬†I still get busy!

I only walked a couple of miles this morning but it was daylight and it got a few nice photos. It seems as though ‘flowers’ caught my eye first and then a couple of birds.

We’ll start with my neighbors front yard. These “Red Hot Pokers” line the entire length of her fence.


A little further down the road I spotted this very inviting gate and home.


Down on Front Street near the Coupeville Wharf this flower basket full of Geraniums caught my eye. They were hanging on the front of Collections Boutique.


I saw the Schooner Suva tied to the dock with a great sky in the distance.


On the wharf I spotted our resident Great Blue Heron sitting on it’s favorite post.


On the way home I captured this photo of an injured Ringneck Dove. I know it’s injured because yesterday it was sitting on our front porch bench and then jumped down to the deck. We were worried about all the cats that live on our block so Marilyn picked it up and put it in a safe place. This morning it was a block away sitting on a low branch of a tree, still not very safe.


So that was our walk for today. I hope you keep walking even on the days I miss, it’s really good for you. Enjoy your week.

IRIS SNAIL – May 6-2015

I left the house early so I might catch some warm morning light but the clouds rolled in and it was not to be. In fact, just after I got home it started to sprinkle.

I did manage to capture a couple of things I hope you like.

First up this beautiful Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana) growing in an English garden along 9th Street.


Then I spotted this snail that was enjoying the flowers as much as I was. I think it’s the rare “Iris Snail”.


Walking toward the Coupeville Wharf I spotted the Schooner Suva tied to the dock. She sure does look at home docked at the old 1905 warehouse, passenger waiting room and fuel dock.


Here’s a closer look at the Suva. She sure is a beautiful ship! Not a bad sunrise surprise either.


There, that should get you over the hump. Thanks for walking with me, now enjoy your day, it’s all downhill for here.

SUVA – May 4, 2015

Nothing like a perfectly sunny morning to start the week. I walked three miles and really only saw one good photo opportunity that Al-The-Walker pointed out to me.

I hadn’t seen Al in a few weeks as I’ve been getting out earlier and earlier to try and catch the sunrise. Al always leaves home at the same time.

The sunrise is¬†now so early that unless I get up at 4:00¬†AM and out the door by 5:00 I won’t get any sunrise shots. So this morning I gave up, slept in a little and still had a nice walk.

The Schooner Suva is now permanently anchored in Penn Cove near the Coupeville Wharf. A campaign has been going on for a while to purchase the old yacht and keep it in Coupeville for tourists to visit and go sailing. It will be a great addition as the 1925 vessel fits right into the history of our wee town.

You can read all about the 68 foot yacht HERE and the effort to bring her to Coupeville HERE.


While we’re on the subject of boats, I spotted this “flotilla” near the Mukilteo ferry landing this weekend on my way to the mainland. I believe they were fishing for shrimp since the season opened this weekend. I’m glad I was on a ferry.

05-04-15 fishing

Thanks for walking with me and enjoy the week ahead!