WELCOME OCTOBER – October 2, 2017

Boy, it’s hard to believe October is here already, what happened to September?

This morning’s walk was really pretty although there were lots of clouds in the sky.

Every year the town of Coupeville celebrates the Halloween season with the “Haunting of Coupeville” which includes the witch contest. Businesses around town compete for having the best witch display.

I saw my first entry this morning at the Penn Cove Gallery. It’s the Tin Man walking the “yellow brick road”. The sign says: “Off to see the Wizard of Art”.

Penn Cove Gallery Tinman

I hadn’t seen any white deer for a while but this morning this one posed very nicely for me.

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Out on the Coupeville Wharf “Frank”, the great blue heron, was posing pretty for yet another cameo.

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Finally, this shot, from the Coupeville Wharf of the Coupeville waterfront with the pink clouds, really caught my eye.

Front Street from Water Pink Sunrise

There, that should get your week going. I hope you enjoyed the walk and look forward to more as the week goes along.

INDEPENDENCE DAY – July 4, 2017

Happy Birthday America! 241 Years and counting. Today would be a good day to read the Deceleration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America, after all that’s what it’s all about.

Clapp House

Today’s walk will be 4.6 miles at a brisk pace, I hope you can keep up. We’re going out to Ebey’s Prairie for the first time in quite a while, but first.

I spotted a new mailbox and thought I’d share it. I believe whoever owns it must be a fisherman or perhaps a fisher-woman.

Fish Mailbox

There’s a lot going on this time of year as planting and harvesting is well underway on the prairie. This is one time I wish I was able to share the smell of this fresh cut alfalfa hay. It took me right back to Nebraska where I spent my youth. The Olympic Mountains are in the background. They’ve lost a lot of snow since winter.

Alfalfa Hay

I’ve taken pictures of the rusty farm equipment at Sherman’s farm before and now here’s another one. I love white roses and rust!

White Roses and Farm Equipment

And I spotted another young “White Deer”. This one still has some of the darker hair but it will be all white once it’s fully grown.

White Deer

Thanks for walking with me and I hope you have a fun and safe Fourth of July.

GOOD MLK DAY TO YOU – January 16, 2017

Today we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King. Here in Coupeville the Lions Club is out installing American flags along the main streets to celebrate. By the time they are done there will be around 100 of them.

This guy was grousing as he was trying to put the flag in the hole but not because he had to do it. He was grousing because the little holes that are permanently along the street had frozen water in them making the job much more difficult.

Thanks to the Coupeville Lions Club for all they do to make our little town a better place to live!

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Out with the old, in with the new. It looks like they’ve improved the Coupeville high school, Wolves baseball park. They’ve built a new storage shed for all their equipment and it appears as though they are replacing the bleachers as well.

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When I was walking over the highway on the overpass walkway I spotted Mt. Rainier way off in the distance. It’s 102 miles away, as the crow flies, but I zoomed in as far as I could and this is what I got. Not great, not terrible but kind of pretty. You’ll notice that the mountain is “wearing a cap”. That’s a saying we have around there that describes the cloud cover over the very top of the mountain. It means that rain is on the way. There you learn something every day!

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I have photographed several white deer over the years but they are very rare and seldom seen. This morning, for the first time, I spotted this young white deer. I’ve never seen one this young before. Who knows we may have a herd someday.

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And that’s a wrap. It was good to get out and walk with all of you again and look forward to it again soon although the rain in the forecast might slow that down.

Have a great week ahead ๐Ÿ™‚

 

LABOR DAY 2014

Happy Labor Day everyone, I hope you are enjoying a nice holiday, I sure am.

I walked a little further this morning and it yielded some more nice photos, I hope you enjoy them.

The first thing I spotted was this “Practice Fence”. The person that lives here is a wood turner and while he was learning he turned many bowls. He hung his early efforts on the fence and I really like the way they look.

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While I often walk Main Street it never dawned on my as to how pretty the old building are lining the street all in a row. This the the Methodist Church and the two Blue Goose Inn buildings.

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The tule fog is starting to come onto the prairie and it always makes for some nice photos. It looks like the hay is all loaded in the barn for the winter ahead.

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I finally got our resident “White Deer” to pose for a photo. His horns are really starting to grow.

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I love this old Dodge truck that is often parked in front of the museum advertising Local Grown, a wonderful little coffee and pastry shop out on the end of the Coupeville Wharf. Not only do they have coffee and pastry but many items from local growers and artisans. If you’re ever out there say hi to William, the owner.

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Have a great holiday and short week ahead!

GREAT BLUE HERON

It was another beautiful day for a walk. As I started out I just couldn’t seem to find anything to photograph, some days are like that. But as fate would have it I ended up taking 108 pictures that I sorted down to seven for you to enjoy.

Like I said, it was beautiful as evidenced by this silhouette of the Coupeville Wharf in the morning sunshine. I really tried not to take a photo of the wharf but just couldn’t resist.

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For only the second time I spotted the rare “White Deer”. Unfortunately it didn’t cooperate much for a photo but here he is.

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There is a beautiful house on the cliff, right at the edge of the Town Park, that was built aroundย 1896. I believe it’s actually two smaller houses that were joined together. It was recently remodeled and it’s now a cottage for rent. It’s called the Coupeville Cliff House and should be a very nice place to stay. This is the front of the house.

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It has a fantastic view of Penn Cove and Mt. Baker. This is the Cliff House taken from the wharf hidden in the woods.

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If you look closely at the first picture of the wharf you’ll see a small spot on the railing just a little to the right of center. It’s a Great Blue Heron and I had a lot of fun with it. Here it is a I approached from Front Street.

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Shortly after that photo it flew down to the boat dock you see in the background. I followed it down there and tried to make it fly. I wanted to try the “burst” on my new camera. It is capable of taking 12 frames a second! I’m still learning how to use it to get the best photos but I think these two are a pretty good start.

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I hope you enjoyed that walk as much as I did, I really enjoy having all of you walk along with me ๐Ÿ™‚

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Before we get on with our walk for today I’d like to wish my wonderful wife Marilyn a Happy 15th Anniversary! She’s the love of my life and I’m looking forward to the next fifteen and more ๐Ÿ™‚

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Last year I posted a photo of a white deer. Several people commented that they were not all that uncommon here on Whidbey Island but that was the only one I’d ever seen until this morning. This one was hanging out with a couple of “regular” deer.

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I saw something new at the end of our street today. The stop sign has been replaced with a “YIELD” sign so I “yielded” to the deer crossing the street.

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Last week I posted a photo of a Peonie bud in our front yard. Well spring has sprung and so has this Peonie, just beautiful!

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Out on the Coupeville Wharf I spied a Great Blue Heron posing just for me.

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Have you ever noticed how much they look like Ed Sullivan?

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OK, it’s getting silly out so I’ll hang up for today. We’ll walk again tomorrow.