“HERE COMES THE SUN” – January 6,2017

“HERE COMES THE SUN” – January 6,2017

It’s amazing what eight degrees warmer will do for getting my butt out the door and walking. This morning it was 30 degrees F so I hit the bricks.

I got out a little before sunrise so I headed for Ebey Prairie in hopes of catching a nice sunrise and it did not disappoint. “Here Comes The Sun”!

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I have taken a number of photos of this old garage/shed and every time it looked worse and worse. This morning was pretty much the end of the line. It still makes for a nice photo but not much of a shelter.

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On the way back home St. Mary’s Catholic Church caught my eye. Here’s a little history on this beautiful old church.

In January, 1889, a committee was appointed to solicit money ($1000) to build a church, and in June of 1889 they began building.

The church was officially dedicated as the “First Congregational Church of Coupeville” on January 26, 1890.

In the year 1890, there arrived in Coupeville a bell from the McShane Bell Foundry of Baltimore, Maryland. It weighed 800 pounds, was made of “bell metal” – i.e. 80% copper, and 20% tin, and cost $205.00. It was a gift to the church and was inscribed as follows: “O Come, Let Us Worship” Presented to the First Congregational Church, Coupeville by T.W. Calhoun & E.J. Hancock 1890.

In June of 1934 the Congregational Community sold the church and dormitory to the Catholic Church for $1500. The new Catholic Church was named St. Mary’s, and her pastor was Fr. John E. O’Brien.

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I hope you have a great weekend and will come walk with me again next week!

IN-SPIRE-D

Happy Monday, hope you  are having a great day to start the week, I know I am. It started with a really nice walk in the sunshine with big puffy clouds hanging around, perfect for what I do!

I start with a play on words as the moon was beside the spire on St. Mary’s Catholic Church. It “in-spire-d” me to take a photo 🙂

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On my way to Ebey Prairie I spotted Mt. Rainier, a 104 miles away as the crow flies, and captured the moment. You don’t see Mt. Rainier very often from Coupeville this time of year.

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Out on the prairie I just had to take another photo of this barn. I’ve taken an number of different photos of it but this mornings sun lit it just perfectly along with the clouds in the background.

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And finally this panorama of the prairie with more dramatic clouds. This is looking toward Port Townsend and the Olympic Mountains.

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With that I return you to your regularly scheduled program. As always, thanks for walking with me, I hope to see you again tomorrow!

KNOCKIN’ ON HEAVENS DOOR

It seems to be darker and cloudier every day this week. The good news is that it adds a certain effect to the scarecrows that are still popping up around town. They’re all part of The Haunting of Coupeville.

But before we get to the scarecrows I wanted to show you this Western Flicker (Red-Shafted Flicker) making a heck of a noise tapping on the steeple of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church of Coupeville. It was as if it were “Knockin’ on Heavens Door”.

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From there we turn to the newest scarecrows.

The New Beginnings Thriftique was exhibiting this really cool two headed wolf that apparently has eaten the wicked witch. It must be a good wolf!

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Whidbey Island Bank displayed “Gilda the Good Witch” reminding everyone to follow the Yellow Brick Road.

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Island Life Clothing found this “Sharknado” wandering around this old house.

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Coupeville Coffee and Bistro has a great display of what appears to be the Grim Reaper sneaking up on Sleeping Beauty.

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Ok, consider yourself “scared”, at least I think that’s what scarecrows are supposed to do.

While the weather prognosticator’s are not talking favorably about the weather for the rest of the week, with any luck we’ll get in another nice walk tomorrow. I look forward to you joining me.

PATTERNS

See Update Below;

While I had a really nice 3.5 mile walk but for some reason I was not very successful at finding things that would leave a “Coupeville Impression”. What I did find were patterns. While they don’t say much about the Coupeville area I do like finding different patterns.

This clean-out door on a red chimney made an interesting photo.

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The windows of St. Mary’s Catholic Church displayed a nice pattern.

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The fire trucks in the fire station are ready to roll.

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I love rusty old far equipment and the louvered engine cover on this antique tractor looked kind of neat.

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There’s a foot bridge overpass that crosses the main highway. The wire that helps hold the fencing in place has rusted in the sea air and left interesting patterns on the concrete.

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And one photo of the local wildlife. I have never seen deer under the dock going out to the Coupeville Wharf. What these two were doing down there I have no idea. It’s all saltwater, seaweed, mussels and clams. I don’t believe any of those are part of a deers diet but I could be wrong.

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If you are one of those hard working people who are helping to pay my social security have a great “Hump Day” and thank you. If not then enjoy the day, whatever day it might be 🙂

UPDATE:

Here’s an update regarding the deer on the beach. David from Larsen Island, Alaska sent the following comment and photos.

Every morning this doe would walk my beach munching on the kelp newly arrived via the tide… about two weeks later she dropped her fawn and came by to introduce us… soon the meadow grasses were apparently more to her liking and I only saw them from time to time in the garden.

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Thank you David, I appreciate that!