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The fade

The southern California coast has begun to reclaim its true hue...

April 2:

green greener greenest ever

April 24:

the fade


There's the Labradoodle, the Goldendoodle and (I wish I was making this up) the Cockerdoodle, but here we have the honor of living with a wackadoodle.

oh walter

Cloud cover

fog rolls out

Catching up from a few days ago, when the fog kept us cool and atmospheric.

Signs of Saturday: The doctor is in

puppy doctor

Here kitty kitty kitty

mountain lion

A friend sent me this photo she took yesterday as a mountain lion strolled through her community in the Santa Monica mountains. She said that just moments before, the LA County Sheriffs had been driving along Mulholland Highway, using a bullhorn to warn residents that the big cat was nearby. Not sure whether you can tell -- it's a cell phone shot from a distance -- but the mountain lion's wearing a geocollar, so its every movement was being tracked.

tbt: I miss the smell of drywall in the morning

It's been nearly three years since the last remodel and I confess I'm beyond antsy. As I wait (and wait and wait) for the next project, looking back at the last one will have to do.

those lights!

AFTER: kitchen to back of house

kitchen before

kitchen after

Little frog?

Ranunculus -- an ugly word for a pretty flower. Wikipedia says it's 'late Latin' for 'little frog'. Whatever, it takes my mind straight to carbuncle, which sounds just like how it looks.

Beautiful ranunculus, you deserve better.



gold and layers

Are the trees of Southern California doomed?

the squirrel sycamore

I generally expect to find the worst news of each day in the National sections of our valiant newspapers as Constitutional norms creak and strain under the non-stop assault from the junta in the White House, abetted by a near-dormant Congress that refuses to check or balance the escalating abuses.

How naive.

This difficult story by Louis Sahagun in the LA Times about the swift and perhaps irreversible demise of the urban canopies of Southern California breaks your heart from an entirely new direction.

The trees that shade, cool and feed people from Ventura County to the Mexican border are dying so fast that within a few years it's possible the region will look, feel, sound and smell much less pleasant than it does now.

"We're witnessing a transition to a post-oasis landscape in Southern California," says Greg McPherson, a supervisory research forester with the U.S. Forest Service who has been studying what he and others call an unprecedented die-off of the trees greening Southern California's parks, campuses and yards.


Among the hardest-hit native species of urban trees are California sycamores, typically found along streams and commonly used as shade and street trees in places such as Griffith Park and along downtown's Wilshire Boulevard.

"Here's the sad news about sycamores," said Akif Eskalen, a plant pathologist at the University of California, Riverside. "If we cannot control the shot hole borer, it will kill all the sycamores in California. And when they're done with sycamores, they'll move to other trees."

Fair warning -- video on the page is annoyingly on auto-play.

It's just so beautiful right now.

mulholland highway

Monday morning classic

Let's soothe that spikey sugar hangover with some infinite blue.

infinite blue

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