FRONT STREET FALL – September 20, 2017

In the previous post I said Coupeville was established in 1953, it should have been 1853, that makes a lot more sense.

Welcome to “Fall” 2017. After the most fantastic summer I can every remember we now transition into fall.

This mornings three mile walk showed me signs of fall on Front Street as well as some nice photographs of it.

It seems like most seaside towns have a street along the water named “Front Street” where the towns commerce first developed.

Coupeville was established in 1853 and over the next forty years grew from Front Street on up the hill. Today Front Street still hosts a lot of commerce, mostly in the form of curio shops, gift shops, clothing stores, restaurants and a tavern. Here’s what it looks like at 6:30 in the morning.

Front Street looking east as seen from the trail going from town to the town park.

Front Street Looking East from Trail

Here it is looking east from ground level.

Front Street Sunrise looking east

And the first sign of fall with the leaves on this maple tree changing colors a little early. This is looking west down Front Street.

Front Street Looking West Fall Tree-3

I almost feel like I need to apologize for this next photo but I just couldn’t help myself! Yup, it’s “Frank” again, our resident great blue heron sitting on its favorite lamp post over Penn Cove with the sunrise in the background, enjoy.

Frank Blue Heron at Sunrise from Wharf

Have a great hump day and enjoy the fall season ahead.

 

FOR THE BIRDS – September 18, 2017

Happy Monday and welcome to another wonderful week in paradise!

This morning’s walk wasn’t all that long as we have threatening skies but I did spot a bunch of birds. First up, Frank, one of our great blue heron’s, flying low over Penn Cove.

Frank Flying Low Over Water

Down by the Coupeville Wharf there were hundreds of seagulls swimming around and standing on the beach. Here are just a few.

Seagulls On The Beach

I wondered what the attraction was and I think I found it. It would appear that the crabs are in and easy pray.

Seagulls with Crab

Our weather has really changed the last two days, almost as though a switch was thrown changing it from summer to winter. Here’s just one more indication. It looks like the Canada Geese are heading south!

Geese Flying South

Any my “beauty shot” for the day is some boats tied up to the dock basking in a beautiful Penn Cove sunrise.

Boats at Dock at Sunrise

There, that should start your week, it certainly did mine. Have a great week and, weather willing, we’ll do this again tomorrow. As always, thanks for walking with me!

FIZZLED SUNRISE – September 13, 2017

This morning I headed out the door early because I could see that there was a spectacular sunrise about to happen. There were lots of interesting clouds and with the forest fires in Eastern Washington it should be fantastic.

I walked really fast out to the Ebey Prairie to be in position for it to happen. Along the way I spotted this bank of tule fog behind this beautiful farm. The trees kind of look like they are on an island.

Farm Tule Fog

An then it started to happen! I caught it at it’s peak which kind of fizzled. I did manage to get a nice photo but not what I was expecting.

Cloudy Sunrise

On my way back home I got one last peek at the waning sunrise. I spotted these clouds with the highlighted edges that only lasted for about thirty seconds. I think it’s at least interesting.

Pink Edged Clouds

And that’s all I got for a three mile walk. Thanks for joining me and hopefully we’ll do it again tomorrow!

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…

Prairie Center Defibulator1

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 ­čÖé Have a great day and will see you again soon.

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!

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┬áCoupeville 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.

55 DAYS – August 14, 2017

Good morning my friends! We got a little rain yesterday and I mean a little, .01″, but it was enough to stop our record run of the most days without any measurable rain. The old record was 52 days and we smashed it this year.

Of course the bad news is, because we live on an island water is limited. We don’t have any snow pack, rivers, streams or large reservoirs, only well water. So to discourage wasting water on things like washing cars or watering lawns our water bill almost doubles.

You can really tell the people who don’t seem to understand all of this. Here’s what we don’t like to see. Probably just the opposite where you live.

Green Lawn

By contrast here is a beautifully kept lawn here in Coupeville on Whidbey Island. Oh, by the way, it’s mine ­čÖé

Home Brown Lawn

Moving on to this morning’s walk. With an on-shore breeze and a little rain, most of the smoke from the Canadian forest fires has been cleared out but that doesn’t mean our spectacular sunrises are gone.

I timed my walk perfectly this morning to be on the Coupeville Wharf right when the sun was breaking over the horizon, Cascade Mountains and Penn Cove. This first one is my friend “Frank”, the Great Blue Heron, sitting on his favorite lamp post with sailboats in the background.

Frank Sunrise Sailboats

A few minutes later the sun was up a little more and I captured this photo and I really like it.

Sunrise Sailboats

And then as the sun rose even more I was able to frame “Frank” in front of the sun making for a nice silhouette.

Frank Sunrise Silhouette

So that’s it for this Monday. I hope you have a great week ahead and we are able to walk some more as the week goes along. Thanks for stopping by.