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March 31, 2012

Signs of Saturday: Fire danger?

Zuma fire station

Fire danger? That's one of the perpetual questions around here and, like all county fire stations, No. 71 in Zuma always has an answer.

March 30, 2012

Fogged in

Our walk this morning -- cool and quiet.

foggy morning

Tire tracks

tire tracks

Vehicles on the beach in the Cove -- I don't get it.

March 29, 2012

Duck X-ing

duck crossing

A pair of ducks have taken up residence in this stretch of the creek, where a one-lane road forms a bit of a dam. We don't see the female much these days -- she must be sitting on a nest somewhere -- but the mallard keeps himself busy swimming and fishing and, when the mood strikes him, directing traffic.

March 28, 2012

First light at the pier

The tide was low so we walked east instead of west:

morning beach

And saw the sun rise in one of my favorite spots:

paradise cove pier at sunrise

Under the pier in Paradise Cove:
paradise cove pier at sunrise

March 27, 2012

Garden planning

You know who else is hoping this year's garden turns out as nice as last year's?

barn garden

first harvest

corn from the garden

This guy:
damned gopher

March 26, 2012

And it all flows to the sea

We had 12 hours of nonstop rain here and everywhere you look, water is moving.

This creek bed, dry all year, suddenly filled:

sudden creek

It joined forces with Sierra Creek:

swelling creek

And flowed onward:
rainy creek

I'd love to know the path it took, over rocks, through scrub, down the mountainside, until it emerged here, where this bit of SoCal meets the sea.

it all flows to the sea

March 25, 2012

Rainy creek

rainy creek

Yes, I stood in the rain and took this photo of Sierra Creek for you. Now it's me and Patrick Berry, battling it out over the Sunday crossword. Thank you, rain gods. (And Will Shortz.)

March 24, 2012

Signs of Saturday: For Sale

yep, for sale

Yep, my house here in the Santa Monica mountains is for sale. And no, I'm not sure yet what's next. We can talk about that in the days to come.

Meanwhile, I got to visit another sign last week. You may have heard of it?
below the hollywood sign

Check out my story on Native Intelligence. Lots more pix there.

March 23, 2012


You guys?

I painted my house. By myself. On the world's tallest ladder.


OK, so the photo exaggerates. A little.

It actually looked like this:


March 22, 2012

Stuff we saw

Stuff we saw on the first (or was it the second?) day of spring.

Oaks in the morning light:

And look -- a Muffinhead:


The hawk was there:

It was cold.


Later, at Bluffs Park, the light (or was it the photog?) went a little crazy:


And look! A Muffinhead!

bluffs park

March 21, 2012

It's the first day of spring!

Or is it the second day?

Up at the barn, the wisteria is blooming:

wisteria at the barn

And climbing up into the sky:

wisteria at the barn

March 20, 2012

Can I show you another egret?

Why, yes, apparently I can...

the egret

the egret

March 19, 2012

Two by two


Everywhere you look around here, the birds and animals, they're pairing off.

March 18, 2012

And the rain came down

The rain yesterday blew through here sideways, made the living room feel like the floor of a glass-bottomed boat.


Today, sunshine.

sunday morning after the rain

And there's downtown LA, caught beneath a ribbon of storm.

sunday morning after the rain

March 17, 2012

Signs of Saturday: Hungry

The Frontier Restaurant

Woke up craving a cinnamon roll from the Frontier Restaurant in Albuquerque. Do you think they deliver?

(Photo: from the archives. Sentiment: happening right now.)

March 16, 2012

The trouble with loving hawks




Every hawk represents a body count.

March 15, 2012

Play misty for me

morning mist

Our lake here is fed by a hot spring which ebbs and flows. On mornings when it's running fast, the mist comes up.

March 14, 2012

The spring thing


The 'no seasons in SoCal' contingent, please take note -- it's spring right now in Los Angeles.

March 13, 2012

The thing is, it's quieter

gray day

You know the cliche 'leaden sky'? Today we've got it. The way it happens here, though, it's beautiful. The grays, when you look, are deep, deep blues, and they shift. It's like you feel the earth on its axis.

Oh -- and it's quiet (maybe moist air isn't friendly to sound?) so when a wave sweeps through you hear the sand move, get rearranged.

Today, where the creek pools and the tide moves in and ducks come each year to breed, a hawk flew by. A bunch of crows followed but no one called out, not the hawk or the crows and in the quiet, you could hear their wings.

March 12, 2012

Imperfect, but the hawk!

It all happened so fast, the Little Dog and I walking along the trail, a rustle in the leaves, and then this hawk, exploding out of the underbrush.

We interrupted a meal, I think, all of us startled. I had time for this one, imperfect shot, the point-and-shoot never locking on focus, the hawk gone before we could quite believe he was there.hawk

and he's off

March 11, 2012

Here they come...

Out of the crispy landscape that is the Santa Monica Mountains, the wildflowers are beginning to emerge.




March 10, 2012

Signs of Saturday: Majestic Manor

mobile home names

One of my favorite things about vintage mobile homes (mine is circa 1973) are the names. My place in the Cove was a Meteor. Next door was a Golden Mansion. This week, while painting this house, I came across the given name of Casa Mulholland: Majestic Manor.

Just typing that makes me proud.

March 9, 2012

The way things are

Jake knoll

He's been gone two months tomorrow and the Little Dog and I, we're still listening for him. (That's why you'll find even more photos just below.)

jake and maisie cove

jake and maisie beach

jake and maisie beach

jake and maisie

jake and maisie hut road

jake and maisie bluffs park

jake and maisie knoll

jake jumps

March 8, 2012

Caution to the wind

Bluffs Park in Malibu

Bluffs Park in Malibu

Bluffs Park in Malibu

It was blowing so hard during this walk in Bluffs Park that even the Tiny Labrador, as stocky and low-slung as she is, was knocked off course.

March 7, 2012



new green

We're caught between seasons here, the green of spring in the creekside trees and grasses, the mountain sycamores still bone white, still awaiting their vernal cue.



March 6, 2012

Oh those yellow feet

yellow feet

Ethereal in flight, a bit goofy on land. One of my favorite birds, the egret.

March 5, 2012

Pretty in pink


Last night, there was a ring around the moon, this morning, red sky. According to weather lore, this adds up to rain.

We shall see...

March 4, 2012

New view

new curtains

Have I mentioned we put up some curtains?

March 3, 2012

Signs of Saturday: Malibu Newsstand


You could buy your newspapers and books and magazines at one of the drug stores or grocery stores in town, but then you wouldn't have the delightfully analog Malibu Newsstand experience, browsing a surprising wealth of unexpected titles, often next to a bold-faced name, and being helped by people who have worked there for years, whose sense of humor and irony pop up in conversation and in the hand-lettered signs, which change every week.

March 2, 2012



It wouldn't be my blog if the week went by without a sunrise photo...

March 1, 2012

New neighbor

The shriek you may have heard yesterday afternoon? That would be yours truly in the moment I reached for the hose and the hose reached back.

(It's a Pacific bull snake, friendly and useful, as long as you're not a gopher.)

gopher snake up at the barn

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