The wind blew all night here in Paradise Cove and it's blowing still. On this last day of November, the sun glows red through a shifting scrim of dust, and the gulls are flying sideways.
OK, back to not blogging.
It may come as a shock, as this blog updates almost every day, but I may take a little break. Family's in town and there's shopping to do and simple carbs to eat. So you might be seeing this photo of the '49 Plymouth in the canyon for a little while.
But then again, maybe not. We shall see.
Every day the sun edges closer to Palos Verdes, edges ever closer to the winter solstice, the true new year.
Is there anyone who watched the Leonid meteor shower this week who didn't long for a darker sky? Even here in Malibu, where we see stars at Starbucks and even bigger stars in the sky, the proliferation of security lights and landscape lighting and uplights to illuminate treetops at night, off all things, has made our ever-less-rural sky a lighter shade of pale.
From far away these blooms don't look like much, haphazard spots on a somewhat scraggly plant. Close up, though, I love the carnival colors, the waxy, witty shapes, real flowers riffing on fake flowers, showing how it should be done.
In case you missed Kevin's link, here's Mark Gold's post on his Heal the Bay blog about the ongoing battle over sewage in Paradise Cove. Residents have struggled with city and state agencies, and with the Cove management for decades. Here's a shot of a sewage flow back in 2007, before the new septic system was installed. Are things any better? Read Mark's piece and you'll see what he thinks.
Meanwhile, here's something else we worry about when the winter winds get to blowing -- miles and miles of power lines amid the tinder-dry brush.
So we're on our morning walk, the dogs and I, and the birds are singing and sun is rising and the treetops are all lit up with that early light when some crows start cawing and cackling and sounding their alarm. And there it is, high on a eucalyptus branch, a hawk.
It's a cold, cold morning and he's waiting for the sun to warm his wings, to warm the air a bit so he can fly and glide and maybe catch a thermal. And there they are, the gathered crows, above and below and all around him, cawing.
But he sits and waits, ignores them utterly. The only move he makes is a head tilt in my direction as the camera shutter snaps. And one by one the crows grow bored, fly away, and the hawk is alone again, waiting to take flight at precisely the right moment.
Saw this sailboat yesterday, moored near the Malibu Pier -- and just north of Carbon Beach, aka Billionaires Beach. Wish I'd had time to get closer for a better shot because really, it looked amazing.
Still can't quite get used to Evinrude being gone so here's another photo of The Rudest One. That was a
cranky magnificent cat.
This was just one flank of the fleet, which leaves you wondering -- what were they catching, and will there be any left?
More than a few of you who have been to the house and saw the remodel pix wrote to say you're confused by all the newness, disoriented, even, by how much has changed.
I'm pretty sure this photo isn't going to help you much.
OK, not so much before-and-after as before and during, in which "during" is the leap forward when you know something good is coming but whatever that good thing may be, it's still far enough away that you're pretty sure you'll be sleeping in the study forever.
Way, way up high in one of our canyons, right where the crumbling asphalt gives way to a tooth-jolting washboard of packed dirt, someone sprayed this warning on an open grate.
Seems to me this message could apply to any road or street or lane or grate or culvert anywhere and everywhere in L.A. because eventually, everything does drain to the sea.
Have I mentioned lately that we're living in controlled chaos with the contents of the closet spread around the dining room, the kitchen filled with boxes of tile, and the bed crammed into the study where two dogs now spend their time making sure the contractor knows they're available for patting?
Yesterday, amid all that fog (which, after a bright and lovely start this morning, is wafting back inland from the ocean) we saw more story poles, which means another house, which means more landscaping, which means more fences and tall walls, which means adios to even more open space.
And so it's here, the autumn fog, wrapped tight around the coast. It presses on the window panes, drips from the eaves, sends scented tendrils, salty sweet, through keyholes.
One of our neighbors here in the Cove is the drummer for a famous band and since he's on tour all the time, his deck tends to go native. You'll see a squirrel squatting on the roof, birds nesting in the arbor, a stray cat asleep on the stairs. And on Halloween morning there was this spider, as big as a golf ball, quivering in the midst of an enormous web. It waved as I got the shot, then settled in to wait for the mailman.
It's 7 a.m. on a Sunday morning at our local Starbucks, though it feels a lot like 8 seeing as how Daylight Saving (* that's Saving and not Savings, as I've been saying ever since I learned to speak English) Time is over and we've gained back that hour someone borrowed last spring. It's definitely the day after Halloween, though, and everyone's talking, about the various doings and dramas of their evenings, about tricks played and costumes worn, about plans for an even bigger bash next year.
But it's the shoes that aren't headed for CostCo later on, the shoes that won't be running laps or running errands, those are the shoes that have everyone in the place thinking...something.
I know, I know, another sunrise? But look how pretty, how calm and lovely. It would be just plain wrong to let these pixels lie fallow.