Penn Cove Water Festival

The Penn Cove Water Festival is an annual revival of the historic Coupeville Water Festival. It brings families together to enjoy Native American canoe racing, entertainment, crafts and culture. and by giving them a chance to learn about, appreciate, and protect our environment.

The Water Festival is always a great photo opportunity. Here here are few shots from 2018.

Looking toward the wharf from the boat launch area.
Two canoes competing in a race.
Great view of Mount Baker as seen from the boat launch area.
They had races for children.
Can’t get too much Mount Baker!

 

Coupeville – Port Townsend Ferry Lunch Run

We experience many joys living on Whidbey Island. One is waking up on a beautiful Saturday morning and deciding what outdoor thing to do. So, we decided on a Coupeville-Port Townsend Ferry Lunch Run. The Coupeville Ferry Terminal is about 5 minutes from our house. Moreover, we just park our car near the terminal and walk on. Then, 35 minutes later we are walking in downtown Townsend, planning our day.

Coupeville-Port Townsend Ferry Lunch Run Scenery

The ferry ride is the most beautiful aspect. Look toward Port Townsend and one sees the Olympic Mountains. Look back toward Coupeville and you get glimpses of the Cascades. Mount Baker loomed large on this sunny day.

Coupeville - Port Townsend Ferry Lunch Run
Amazing view of the Olympic Mountains hovering over Port Townsend as we approach on the ferry.
Coupeville - Port Townsend Ferry Lunch Run
As we approach Port Townsend, we look back toward Whidbey Island and Mount Baker. I thought the Hyundai cargo ship added some perspective and interest.

Port Townsend’s Victorian Architecture

Victorian architecture is Port Townsend’s signature. Houses and office buildings reflect Victorian influences. Consequently, part of downtown wandering included gazing at the buildings.

Coupeville - Port Townsend Ferry Lunch Run
I like this vertical view on the downtown Port Townsend buildings. And, the warm color scheme provides a nice contrast to the deep blue sky.
Coupeville - Port Townsend Ferry Lunch Run
This is a typical Victorian style office building in Port Townsend. Moreover, the blue sky contributes to the blue building color scheme.

Port Townsend is home to one of the best tea shops in the Seattle area, Pippa’s Real Tea.

Coupeville - Port Townsend Ferry Lunch Run
Pippa’s has aroma jars for all their teas. So, one can sniff away.

We had lunch at the Owl Sprit Cafe, fulfilling our the “lunch” part of our Coupeville-Port Townsend Ferry Lunch Run. Tt is a pleasant place to grab a quick bite. I don’t know why it is “Sprit” instead of “Spirit.” (I wanted to note that so no one thought I had a typo!)

Coupeville - Port Townsend Ferry Lunch Run
Image of Mount Baker peeking through the Port Townsend marina buildings.

Other Whidbey Island Posts

Check out some of my other Whidbey Island posts for ideas on short, fun things to do.

Embrace Island Winter Days

Whidbey Island is a tourist destination in warmer weather. However, one should embrace island winter days. Days like this have their own beauty. I think of quietness. But, I also feel an edge to nature. It is as if nature is imposing itself more forcefully.

Dinah and I were visiting possible publicity photo shoot locations for the new singing group she is organizing – the Saratoga Sirens. Dinah derived the name from the mythological sirens, combined with Saratoga, the name of the passage on the eastern side of Whidbey Island.

Locations included Long Point, Libbey Beach, and Fort Ebey State Park.

Wind Helps Us Embrace Island Winter Days

Wind makes a winter day feel raw. However, it creates more natural drama when it comes to water. Today was breezy. Moreover, the Whidbey Island surf is typically on the calm side. But, today we had some exciting surf. A sneaker wave even caught me while taking a photograph. Casualties included wet pants legs and shoes. But, my camera stayed dry!

Embrace Island Winter Days
Long Point features great access for a photo shoot. However, the only real visual feature is driftwood.

Surfers Enhanced the Day

Today’s surprise find – two surfers at Fort Ebey. This is not a common site on Whidbey Island.

Embrace Island Winter Days
I ran into two surfers while at Fort Ebey State Park. This one is wearing a 5 mm wet suit. Brr!
Embrace Island Winter Days
Enough wave action to make it interesting with the Olympic Mountains in the background.
Embrace Island Winter Days
One surfer getting up on a wave.
Embrace Island Winter Days
Success!

Finally, after visiting our winter island locations, we decided Fort Ebey is the best location for the photo shoot. See the spot below. Next up, plan the publicity photo shoot.

Embrace Island Winter Days
Driftwood creates great visual interest when combined with water and a cliff. This is our favorite photo shoot location of the day.

I leave you with a quote by Andrew Wyeth:

I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape. Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn’t show.

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Pacific Northwest Fall Color

In the United States, mention Fall Color and most think of New England. However, Pacific Northwest Fall Color is a worthy alternative.

For this post, two locations presented ample color viewing options. So, I used Bellevue and Whidbey Island as my logic locations. I work in Bellevue and live on Whidbey Island. And, look beyond leaves to see Fall colors. Scroll down to see more color finds.

Pacific Northwest Fall Color – Bellevue

Bellevue has beautiful downtown landscaping. I shot the following photos as I walked to the downtown Transit Center. (I am a bus commuter.)

Pacific Northwest Fall Color
Brilliant yellow tree with the Microsoft Building behind it.
Pacific Northwest Fall Color
Blazing red in front of Bellevue City Center.
Pacific Northwest Fall Color
Lovely shaped tree with yellow leaves in front of Skyline Building.
Pacific Northwest Fall Color
More red next to Skyline Building.
Pacific Northwest Fall Color
Looking up toward the Microsoft offices.

Pacific Northwest Fall Color – Meerkerk Gardens

Meerkerk Gardens near Freeland showcases rhododendrons. However, even when out of blooming season, Meerkerk offers Fall beauty. Consequently, Dinah and I made a quick stop on our way to Langley.

Pacific Northwest Fall Color
Monkey Puzzle tree cones.
Pacific Northwest Fall Color
View from the Meerkerk Gardens gazebo area looking toward Camano Island.
Pacific Northwest Fall Color
Red with forest backdrop.
Pacific Northwest Fall Color
I took this photo in aperture mode with a shallow depth of field.

Pacific Northwest Fall Color – Langley

After visiting Meerkerk, Dinah and I stopped for lunch in Langley. While walking around, I saw the Halloween broom display on Langley’s downtown sidewalk. Also, I noticed a glass shop operating out of the old Langley Firehouse. Notably, Fall color is not just for trees!

Pacific Northwest Fall Color
Halloween broom display.
Pacific Northwest Fall Color
Colorful glass for sale out of old firehouse.
Pacific Northwest Fall Color
I like the fish.

Take Time to Observe Fall Beauty

If you live an area with Fall color, slow down. And, observe beauty. You might see colorful leaves. Or, notice painted brooms. And, see seasonal art. Take a moment and renew your soul. Fall is perfect for that. Albert Camus wrote: “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Most importantly, enjoy the season!

Interesting Pacific Northwest Places

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Be sure and check out my Trover and Twitter posts for more photos.