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September 30, 2010

There are no rules anymore

Two days after temps hit an unheard of 103 here in the 'Bu, it rained. Hard.


And this morning, the coastline is swathed in chilly, shifting fog. Go figure.

the fog

September 29, 2010

Another sunrise

more pink

After the gloom and fog of our alleged summer, these sunrises in which there is actual sun and, thanks to a scrim of clouds, refracted light that shatters and scatters color everywhere, I'm pretty sure it's going to be a while before I can stop shooting the sunrise.

My apologies for being so one-note.

September 28, 2010

It was 103 here yesterday

So yeah, yesterday. Hot enough that the official thermometer broke. At least 113 in the city, and in Malibu, an unheard of 103.

Here's today's sunrise amid clouds and haze which, so far, are keeping us a bit cooler.

For a second the sun broke through:
the sun comes

But it's gone now, thank god. And here's downtown LA at dawn, braced for another onslaught. Good luck, everyone!dawn

September 27, 2010

The knoll 2.0

We lose open land at an alarming rate here in Malibu, like this lovely knoll.Knoll before construction

The new owners fenced in an enormous swath of land, cutting off several wildlife trails in the process, and are building this, um, house. mcmansion and drilling rig

There's something Mad Max about the photo above with the brooding clouds, the tiny helicopter and that massive drilling rig flying the flag.drilling rig

September 26, 2010

Bunny hop

big bunny

This rabbit may have had his back to Maisie on our morning walk, but his ears tracked her ever move. She took her shot but (sorry) quick as a bunny, he was gone. The tiny Labrador never had a chance.

September 25, 2010

Signs of Saturday: For Sale

For sale. Yep, I've gotta go.

Yes, it's true. My house is for sale. And that's as much as I can bear to say about that. Thanks, Sam Zell, you're a real peach.

September 24, 2010

Morning snapshots

Sometimes I think I must have synesthesia because I can hear the light here.

morning light

Maisie and Jake hear something:
morning dogs

morning dogs

Oh! It's our neighbor, headed for his daily paddle at dawn.
paddle out

September 23, 2010

And it's gone...

After sporting colorful story poles for the better part of the spring and (alleged) summer, this little trailer was finally dismantled last week.


And then it vanished.
fall 010

September 22, 2010

It's the first day of fall

fall 015

Welcome to the season of slanted light.

September 21, 2010

Goodbye, summer


We would mourn this, the last day of summer, except for the fact that we're still waiting for it to show up.

September 20, 2010

The early bird catches...

morning fish

A couple of anglers early to the beach yesterday morning, bringing home something to fry up for breakfast.

September 19, 2010

The beach here today

foggy surfy 048


September 18, 2010

Signs of Saturday: Burke's cocktail guide

1934 cocktail book

Not sure when or where I picked up this little cocktail guide, published in 1934 just as prohibition ended, but it makes for a delightful bit of time travel.
1934 cocktail book

September 17, 2010


surfPretty quiet here today, except for the surf.

September 16, 2010

Under the pier

beneathYou guys, it's cold here today.

September 15, 2010



Even without the shortened days and thinning light, the daily shift of the sunrise, edging ever southward, hammers it home -- it's almost autumn.

September 14, 2010

Loving ROY

Because it's been cold here all summer and because this somehow prompts me to bring flowers with warm colors into the house, you're now held prisoner by my fascination with the ROY portion of the visible spectrum.




September 13, 2010



So we're driving along the canyon road and it's sunny, the pavement dappled with that syrupy late summer light, and under the trees there's a hawk. He's bulky, a graceless silhouette, either drinking from or bathing in a puddle.

We get closer and he hops along, bumps along and I worry he's injured but no, he's just young and still gawky. He gets a grip on his wings and makes it to a branch where I try (and fail) to get a decent shot.

But he's beautiful so here he is anyway.

September 11, 2010

Signs of Saturday: September 11

pepperdine 9/11 memorial

It's the third year of Pepperdine's 9/11 memorial, a display of flags that stops traffic.

This year, there's a sign:
pepperdine 9/11 memorial

pepperdine 9/11 memorial

September 10, 2010

Morning light

morning light

This is the time between, when summer retreats and fall draws near, and only those with their senses tuned off and out can question whether we in California have seasons.

September 9, 2010

Waiting room etiquette

waiting room

These labs in the vet's office were so well-behaved, Maisie actually took notes.

September 8, 2010

Village Green

Village Green

We spent Labor Day in one of my favorite spots, Village Green in the Baldwin Hills.

Village Green
It's 64 acres of lawns and trees (1,600!) rimmed by modest condos, all facing inward.

Roads and parking spaces are relegated to the outer rim of the property, which makes the heart of the place an oasis.

Village Green

September 7, 2010

Easy as pie

So I baked a cherry pie on Sunday morning:
just baked

And brought it to the KCRW pie contest to be judged:cherry pie

A LOT of people showed up to check out almost 200 entries:pies

Though I didn't win, these people did. And my pie was gone in minutes:gone!

The end.

September 5, 2010

Blue skies


It was warm on this walk, warm in a summery way, and the fog bank playing cat and mouse with us through all of July and August and now September, was far, far out to sea.

September 4, 2010

Signs of Saturday: Chili Cookoff

cool old truck 006

And so it's here, the annual Kiwanas Club Chili Cookoff and carnival, moved from the vacant swath of land in the center of town (which is now being manicured into a park) and onto another vacant swath of land, where someone wants to build what Malibu so desperately needs: another shopping mall.

September 3, 2010

Remember the Pier View Diner?

pier view gone

The Pier View Diner, before Larry Ellison bought and shuttered it for years and years, was the last of Malibu's cheap and casual seaside spots. Drinks were affordable and, occasionally, even strong. Tables on the deck overlooked the beach. Waiters didn't hover, didn't try to tell you the provenance of your fries.

Now it's gone, something chichi taking its place. Because that's the way of the world here in Malibu, out with the old, in with the expensive and over-done.

September 2, 2010

Back by popular demand


Maisie. Need I say more?

September 1, 2010

September's foggy start

foggyHere's what we saw this morning in Malibu -- not much.

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