SUNRISE SENTINEL – July 18, 2017

Gooooooooood Morning Everyone and what a great morning it is! Get you shoes on and let’s go.

This morning we get to share the sunrise with a Bald Eagle, or rather he’s sharing it with us.

Eagle-Mt Baker-Sunrise

Out on the Coupeville Wharf we had “Pretty Boats All in a Row” with the sunrise and Mt. Baker in the background. Like I said, what a glorious morning.

Boats at Dock-Mt Baker-Sunrise

Walking through town I spotted another new roof on and beautiful old Victorian home. It’s the Lovejoy – Parker House built in 1886.

Lovejoy-Parker House 1886

One of the things I like best about walking around Coupeville are all the different animals I see. Quite often I get to interact with them. Sometimes it seems as though birds are walking with me, they fly ahead, land on a fence, and when I catch up they fly ahead again and wait once again for me to catch up.

This morning it was a deer I was playing with. He was sort of hiding behind a gnarly tree and when I came walking by he’d look at me and when I moved to where he couldn’t see me he’d peek around the tree. I kept moving back and forth and he kept moving to see where I was. It was a great game of Peek-a-Boo.

Peek-a-boo Deer

And that’s a wrap of Tuesday. I hope to have you walk with me again tomorrow.

HERE COMES THE SUN – July 5, 2017

Let me start off by saying that I really do know how to spell “Declaration” and no I don’t believe our independence is “Decelerating”, but yesterday I miss typed it and the spell checker didn’t catch it. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it!

This morning we’re going to have a short walk around Coupeville. I’ve got a lot on my plate today that I’ll share with you tomorrow.

When photographing a sunrise, timing is everything, especially when you are walking. Most people would leave early, drive to a spot, get set up and wait for the sun but not me. I left early, walked as quickly as I could to a good spot and the sun was just starting to crest the Cascade Mountain Range.

Here Comes The Sun

I waited a couple of minutes and the sun was almost up and starting to shed its morning colors onto Mount Baker.

Mt Baker Sunrise

By the time I got up the trail to Coupeville Town Park and turned around the sun was up and everything was awash in gold!

Wharf Sunrise

While processing this last photo I saw what looked like a large land mass in the upper right corner, like a huge mountain or something but it’s not really there. What it turned out to be was the shadow from the cliff against a hazy sky. The sun reflecting on the water is what’s creating it, pretty cool, eh?

Finally I have another nice heritage house for you that’s for sale. It’s the Hasselgrave House built in 1890. It has been very well maintained and has a view of Penn Cove. It can be yours for a mere $529,000.

Hesselgrave House 1890

Thanks for joining me today I really appreciate the company. I you like my blogs please share them with your friends by suggesting they sign up to receive them in an email or share them on Facebook. I appreciate that 🙂

FOR SALE – July 3, 2017

Welcome to July! It’s the time of year to plug your ears and be safe.

Speaking of safe, here on Whidbey Island we have lots of deer and right now there are many fawns running all over the place. There’s a saying here on the island; ” You will almost hit a deer, you know someone who has hit a deer or you have hit a deer!”

With the in mind it looks like the parents of the fawns are teaching them some good lessons. I spotted this fawn crossing with the light in a crosswalk. Pretty smart if you ask me.

Deer Crossing

The sunrise this morning was very dark and dramatic. So get your shoes on and let’s go!

Sunrise

I know many of you live in my small town through my blogs but if you are thinking about moving here I found some opportunities for you. First up this lovely old Victorian is for sale. It certainly needs some work but could be a real show place. From the pictures in the listing it looks like the interior could be brought back to what it looked like in the late 1800’s.

Victorian House For Sale

Of course if you’re going to live here you’ll need something to do. How about owning and running a garden business. “Sally’s Garden” is for sale. It’s been in business for eighteen years so it’s well established and everything goes with it.

Sally's Garden

Sally's Garden Sale Sign

Or how about starting your own business from scratch. Here’a prime building on historic Front Street. It’s the 1936 Tom Howell’s Barbershop building. It’s a nice space with lots of possibilities.

Tom Howell's Barbershop

And of course the biggest advantage is you’d be able to walk with me around town 🙂 But until then I guess my blog will have to do.

Be safe and come walk with me again tomorrow.

SUNRISE WEST- February 10, 2017

I keep hoping for some really nice, warm, dry, wind free kind of days but for now it’s still winter in Washington State. Yesterday I did walk but all by myself. It was threatening rain so I walked the north/south streets that are quite steep. I walked fast to put on some miles so not much looking around or photos. At about two miles it started to sprinkle so I beat feet for home and just as I got in the door it started to really rain.

So that brings us to today. It’s was fairly clear with big puffy clouds. Unfortunately the wind was howling!!! I saw a 38 MPH gust when I got home. Needless to say that’s not great for walking. I even got blown back a couple of times. But despite that I managed to take a few photos.

While sunrises to the east are quite spectacular if you look west they can be just as spectacular with the rising sun shining on the clouds. This is the Coupeville Wharf as seen from the end of the street I live on.

wharf-and-clouds

A little further down the road the sky was still looking good and I love split rail, cedar, fences. It makes for a good contrast.

cedar-fence-and-clouds

I spotted a beer truck stocking up Toby’s Tavern. I stopped and asked the driver if he could stop by my house and deliver some brew but I guess not 😦

tobys-beer-truck

It’s Friday and that means the weekend is upon us. I hope you have a great one and thanks for walking with me this week.

TIMING’S EVERYTHING – January 20, 2017

The weather has finally broke and the storms have subsided. Fifty mile per hour winds and heavy rains are not very conducive to morning walks and especially taking photos. But this morning it was 43 degrees F, no wind and no rain!

One of the problems with walking and trying to get good landscape photos is timing. This morning I could tell that there was going to be a good sunrise.

I headed out the door and beat feet for Ebey Prairie for a photo I’ve been wanting to take. On the way I saw the sunrise happening but I hadn’t reached my target yet. While it’s a pretty sunrise there seems to always  be things in the way.

Here you see the sunrise with all the power poles and power lines in the way.

sunrise-with-power-poles

When I finally reached the spot I’d hoped for the sunrise photo it had fizzled. You’ll just have to superimpose an image if the first photo over this one. I think it would have been great!

barn-and-sunrise

Oh well maybe next time.

Thanks for joining me this morning and now onward to the weekend!

“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”!

01-06-16-sunrise-2

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.

falling-down-shed

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.

st-mary

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

TOO COLD! – January 5, 2017

TOO COLD! – January 5, 2017

I’m sorry folks but no walking around Coupeville today, it’s just too darn cold. It’s currently 22 degrees F and dropping. You can call me a “wimp”, “woos” or anything you like but I prefer to be called “Warm” in my nice little island home.

I did stick my nose out and took the rather frosty looking photo of my neighborhood from my front porch with Penn Cove in the distance.

winter-morning

Just for fun I though I’d share a couple of photos I took during my hiatus this fall. This young buck was just coming into his antlers. He’s going to be magnificent!

buck-deer

This sunrise was spectacular and almost looked to be on fire.

sunrise

I hope you have a nice day and with any luck, and warming, we’ll go walking tomorrow.