EBEY PRAIRIE SUNRISE – April 10, 2015

Good morning and Happy Birthday to my brother Ron, he turns 74 today. To celebrate his birthday he is going to ride his bicycle 74 miles, no small feat at that age. In support of that I walked 7.4 miles this morning, no big deal compared to him.

I walked out to Ebey Prairie and took the Ridge Trail to Ebey Landing.

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Just before the trail starts you find the Jacob Ebey farm house and block house built in 1855. You can read all about it HERE.

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At the end of the trail I looked back over the prairie and took this panorama shot. The prairie looks almost exactly as it did when the area was claimed and settled over 160 years ago. The freshly plowed fields really stand out against the green grass. If you click on the photo it will open up in a much larger format.

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On the way back home I spotted this tractor harvesting a crop. I’m not sure what would be ready to harvest this time of year but I do believe it’s beats.

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After that I think I’ll give you a break and take the weekend off. Thanks for walking with me and make a great weekend.

OLD FARM EQUIPMENT – April 8, 2015

It was overcast again this morning so I had a hard time finding something “photo worthy”. But with perseverance and four miles of walking I found these old pieces of farm equipment that are about to be devoured by the spring foliage.

I couldn’t make out the the model of tractor but I do know it’s old.

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Right in front of this tractor was a very old overgrown combine.

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Along the way I got a peak at Mt. Baker with a layer of clouds below and the orange/pink glow of the sunrise above.

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And finally a “herd” of dogs. Every day the people who live in this house put these stuffed dogs out in their front yard. They even have water bowls for them, pretty cute.

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So that’s my offering for today. As always, thanks for walking with me and hopefully we’ll get to do it again tomorrow.

CALL THE COPS!

It looks like people are really taking “The Haunting of Coupeville” to heart. Since I’m aware of that I won’t be calling the cops despite some disturbing observations during this morning’s walk.

This was found in a neighbors yard.

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Then I saw this mummy hanging in the second story window of this old home.

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It would appear that this old tractor has come back to life and taken vengeance on the owner who let it rust away.

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Down on Front Street the Knead and Feed Bakery/Restaurant had this nicely done witches pot that has consumed the witch.

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At the entrance to the Coupeville Wharf was this display of “Magic Wishing Pumpkins”.

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I touched a pumpkin, made a wish and indeed I’m having a most “Special Day” 🙂

Here’s are close-up’s of the signs:

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My friend the heron is back on his perch.  I’ve decided to name this heron, I’ll call him “Frank”!

Why would you call a bird “Frank”?

Bird books have a unique way of verbalizing the sounds that birds make. For instance an Olive Sided Fly Catcher calls “Whip Three Beers”. To replicate the sound that a heron makes lower your voice and in a raspy tone call out “FRANK”! Now sit back and wait for the heron’s to flock around you 😉

So with that tale, here’s my “shot of the day”.

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In the words of Forest Gump, “Have A Great Day”:

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NO FOCUS

This morning I was a little distracted by the fact that today we are going to go pick up our camper and bring it home in preparation for a nice vacation in the near future. While you may not believe it walking and taking nice or interesting photos requires lots of focus and I’m not talking about the optical kind. Therefore today’s offerings are a little fragmented but I hope you like them just the same.

The first thing I spotted was this 1973 AMC Javelin SST. It has just been drug out from a back yard and is now sitting alongside the street. I hope they can save it and bring it back to original condition.

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I’ve seen a lot of interesting boat trailers in my life but this one takes the cake. The boat launch is only about six blocks from this house so it might just make it there and back. “Street Legal”? I doubt it!

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I’ve walked past this chair a hundred times but never saw it before. This morning it caught my eye and just needed to be recorded.

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Once again I stopped at Sherman’s Pioneer Produce and was able to capture three rusty tractors in one shot.

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At Rudy’s, another one of my favorite spots, I saw this tricycle delivering flowers. I just love all his two and three wheeled yard art.

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And with that we start yet another week all be it a short one. Thanks for walking with 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!

BARNS AND TRACTORS

This morning I went for a monster walk, 6.8 miles across the Ebey Prairie to Ebey Landing and back. It was the longest walk I’ve done since my radiation treatments and it really kicked my butt but on the other hand I really kicked Prostate Cancer’s Butt!

I took way too many photos to post here but I’ll share a few that I liked.

First off, the morning sun was lighting the sky around Mt. Baker. There was a pink haze in front of the mountain that only lasted for about five minutes.

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As I got to the prairie the light was equally nice on this old barn.

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Further out on the prairie I spotted this tractor that must have stopped for the day and just parked in the middle of the field.

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I liked this photo because of the barn reflection in the pond out in the field.

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I spotted this old tractor and barn on the Willowood farm. The yellow morning sun really lit it up.

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I thought this little barn/house/shed had a nice peaceful feel to it.

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Just for fun I included this photo of a freighter crossing the road. Notice the sign! I love Photoshop 🙂

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At Ebey Landing this Long Billed Curlew posed for this wonderful photo with the nice rocks in the foreground.

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Well that was fun, thanks for walking with me. I’ll see you tomorrow for more!

HAPPY MONDAY

I can be so stupid sometimes. This morning I was so excited that the sun was coming out with very few clouds, I was anxious to get out for my walk. About a quarter of a mile out I noticed that my feet didn’t feel quite right. Turns out I forgot to change shoes and was wearing my deck shoes, flat soles and no support. Oh well, I still managed to get in 2 1/2 miles although my doggies are a little sore now.

While out and about I noticed some more spring in the air and some beautiful flowers.These three trees really caught my eye.

Pink Camellia I believe.

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Clematis

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Magnolia

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Not sure what this is but they pruned the bottom part when the buds were on, interesting look.

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Some other photos I took just because they caught my eye. This old McCormick Deering tractor looked really nice in the morning light.

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I also like the lighting on the Joseph Libby house built in 1870.

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And this is me going into Kruger Woods with the sun at my back.

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That starts the week off for me and I hope you have a good start as well. Maybe my photos will help 🙂