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March 31, 2014

Walt says "Happy Monday" wroof


Also," throw the ball" wroof.

March 30, 2014

A splendid Sunday

Old-fashioned word, splendid, but today with the light and the sky and the breeze and the blue, the general California-ness of it all, that says it best.

California springtime


sunday light

March 29, 2014


In our house there's the make believe of Daylight Saving time:

daylight saving time

And then there's the clock that stays set to true time.

that was then

March 28, 2014

Lemon tree

The meyer lemon tree up at the barn is in bloom:

meyer lemon

meyer lemon blossom

lemon blossom

March 27, 2014


Every year this datura comes back, and every year I'm so glad to see it.


the datura


March 26, 2014

Orchard view

The avocado orchard near the barn is so pretty right now I just kept taking (almost) the same picture--

avocado trees


orchard near the barn

...and over--

avocados in the canyon

...and over again.

avocado orchard

March 25, 2014

Boys with guns

Remember this, a decades-old stand of prickly pear beneath a grove of oaks in the Santa Monica mountains?

prickly pear in the santa monica mountains

Now it's this, stubs surrounded by shattered beer bottles because, well, boys with guns.

prickly pear after the boys with guns.

March 24, 2014

Spring and fog

spring and fog

It didn't last very long but the marine layer hanging over the mountains this morning was a lovely surprise.

March 23, 2014

Oh rain, where are you?

Storm clouds over Malibu

California would throw you such a party if only you'd show up.

March 22, 2014

The pier and...

The Cove pier:


...and the orange of storey poles which means new construction.


March 21, 2014

Before they go


Shall we look at the wisteria up at the barn one more time before they go?

March 20, 2014

It's the first day of spring!


Ah winter, we hardly knew you. A few days of sprinkles and just one real storm, the rest of it dry and more dry with some freakishly hot (the hottest California winter on record) stretches. It'll be interesting to see what comes next.

Meanwhile, the Druids are out at Stonehenge, Google is celebrating with a doodle (you don't need a hyperlink to find that do you?), Bad Astronomy explains the seasons (so does Wikipedia), and my personal favorite, NASA brings you the vernal equinox from space.

Happy spring!

March 19, 2014

The light these days...

hummingbird so pretty.

March 18, 2014

Red-winged blackbird

He was very patient, this handsome red-winged blackbird, waiting for the photog to get a few shots and then, pretty please, leave him and the girl he had his eye on in peace.


blackbird singing

in the reeds

March 17, 2014


morning beach

Quiet and still.

March 16, 2014

Spring green

spring green

We've almost reached the tipping point where the tender green of brand new leaves gives way to the darker shades of summer. And it isn't even spring yet.

March 15, 2014

Signs of Saturday spring

Tiny flowers join the change-of-seasons chorus.

tiny flowers

March 14, 2014



Wisteria season up at the barn.

March 13, 2014



A frill of clouds, pretty little place holders for the winter storms that never came our way.

March 12, 2014

Walt and Maisie

Even when the dogs aren't in view, the ducks and grebes and redwing blackbirds are chatting away, enjoying a beautiful March morning at the lake.

March 11, 2014



So very, very dry.

March 10, 2014

That was then...

paradise cove 5.12.2012

Paradise Cove on May 12, 2012.

March 9, 2014

Time is a flat circle


It's Daylight Saving Time again, the only good part of which (imho) is that the True Detective finale aired an hour earlier.

(Spoiler alert!)

I loved the Casablanca ending, and the fact the twist everyone was waiting for wasn't that one of our heroes is a depraved killer, but that Rust turns out to be an optimist.

Allright allright allright.

March 8, 2014

Signs of Saturday: Scratch my what?

scratch my butt

Everything else may be changing in the renovation transforming Malibu Coast Animal Hospital (whose wonderful docs and staff have taken care of Max and Jake and Evinrude and Patsy and Maisie and now Walt) but this impish angel stays the same.

March 7, 2014

The lake here this morning

morning lake

The light this morning was so...light, without weight, clear and pure and filled with birdsong.

March 6, 2014

The quiet one


At some point each evening, after the sun is gone, Walt spends time in the kitchen with the dog on the other side of the door.

March 5, 2014

That was then: hummingbird on the bluff

25 November, 2007.

hummingbird on the bluff

March 4, 2014


Yesterday afternoon near the Malibu Pier, for a little minute the sky did this:




March 3, 2014

Oak tree down

the oaks

This lovely oak, one of a dozen or so in an ancient (does a hundred years, give or take, count as ancient?) grove in the Santa Monica mountains split in half during this recent round of rain.

oak tree down

split at the trunk

downed oak


california oak lost in the rain

March 2, 2014


Huge surf at the beach today which I'd be happy to show you if not for...

foggy kanan road

...a bit of a challenge in the visibility department.

coastal fog

March 1, 2014

In like a lion

Hello, March. Wet and gray look good on you.

Here's the Cove this morning as the storm moved through:

saturday morning

The creek channel is even deeper today:


Stormy to the north:

beach dogs

Here's the Point Dume headlands yesterday, deserted.

point dume

Except for pelicans:


And a scatter of sea birds, looking at first like random dots:


But of course it's a flock--


...working together against the wind.


More rain, please.

point dume

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