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October 31, 2015

Signs of Saturday: BBQ


Drove by this one a few times before I was sure it said what I thought it said.

October 30, 2015

The santana winds are here

Horizon scrubbed clean?

santana wind sunrise


Ocean denim blue?

santana wind colors


Waves fraying?

windy today

wind on waves

Check and check.

And way, way across the water, a hint of dtla.

downtown LA from malibu

October 29, 2015

tbt: The Old Place

The Old Place

Jan. 13, 2006

The (old) Old Place in Cornell, where it was either steak or clams for dinner, unless you went there on Sunday, in which case it was beef stew. (A little bit different now.)

October 28, 2015

The beach here this morning

Still and gray with the slightest stain of sunrise, and a high tide tugging some kayaks from shore.

wednesday morning clouds

teeny tiny sunrise

kayaks drifting

October 27, 2015

A lunar two-fer

The moon rose last night just as the sun set, red in the west, sinking, pale light ascendant in the east.

Can't decide which moon shot I prefer -- the structure and symmetry of the tree, or the spooky Tim Burton close-up in the eucalyptus branches.

moon rising

the moon rose

October 26, 2015

It's Monday. Again.

The plan was to start the week with a sunrise but lately the sunsets here have been more intriguing. And then the coyote came by this morning, so familiar to the dogs at this point that the ten seconds they spent barking seemed more like fulfilling a contractual obligation than any real menace.

(Of course when it comes to this guy:

oh walter

...the concept of menace is relative.)

ANYway, here's the coyote in the hills behind the house, late enough that it was light enough to get a decent shot.

the visitor was here

coyote gaze

October 25, 2015

I know we've looked at this before but...


Blowing bubbles in the chaparral -- it just doesn't get old.

October 24, 2015

Signs of Saturday: Shall we dance?


On PCH a few weeks back.

October 23, 2015

Golden sunset light

For once the sensor in the little point-and-shoot didn't go nuts in the sunset light and caught last night's colors exactly (well, almost) as they appeared.

sunset over Zuma


malibu sunset


October 22, 2015

tbt: Fire season

malibu fire -- oct 21 2007

Throwback Thursday: Fire in Malibu, Oct. 21, 2007

October 21, 2015

Here we go again

wednesday sunrise

The canyon wind rose up last night and with it, the temperature. At midnight, 68 degrees. At 7 am, 74. Some sobering news from NOAA:

The September average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.62°F (0.90°C) above the 20th century average. This was the highest September temperature on record, surpassing the previous record set last year by +0.12°F (+0.19°C).

September's high temperature was also the greatest rise above average for any month in the 136-year historical record, surpassing the previous record set in both February and March this year by 0.02°F (0.01°C).

Cooler tomorrow the weather cast says, and then a warm weekend. We live in interesting times. Click the NOAA link above and you'll see.

October 20, 2015

Watching the evening newscast

sunset clouds

October 19, 2015

On Mulholland Highway

On one of my favorite roads in (southern) Los Angeles County, where today it finally feels like fall.

santa monica autumn

October 18, 2015

The view from here this morning

After dark last night, for a moment, anyway, a welcome chill. Then clouds eased in, thick and warm and so this morning, pearl and grey.

thank you, clouds

October 17, 2015

Signs of Saturday: i.o.u.

The tiny Labrador wants you to know that every scofflaw instant on the green, green grass (we really didn't see the sign until we left) was worth the risk.


October 16, 2015

The marine layer paid a visit today

Coastal fog this morning, a welcome spin on the cooler curve of the color wheel.

coastal fog this morning

cool colors


morning light

October 15, 2015

tbt: Baby, it's you

baby maisie and her beloved jake

Throwback Thursday: Jake and baby Maisie's first morning together; Feb. 22 2006.

I don't recall shooting this little video and wish there had been sound. What I do remember is how the sad little puppy rescued from that weird dog collector lady fell madly in love with Jake. And he fell just as hard.

October 14, 2015

Paraglider at sunset

So hot the other night, coyotes absent, birds stilled, the dogs in a panting pile. And then this guy showed up, rising and looping and skimming the sky, lifting us from our heat-stunned torpor.


in flight

sunset flight

fly guy

October 13, 2015

What is going on here??

The heat, this crazy heat. While television weathercasts are in a lather over daily high temps, it's the spike in overnight lows that's disquieting. Here at the coast, where the ocean is freakishly warm, the nights have stayed in the high 70s and even the low 80s. At dusk yesterday a warm wind blew through and the night, instead of cooling, grew a few degrees warmer. If you've read "The Dog Stars" by Peter Heller, it's all a bit too close for comfort.

ANYway, today's sunrise. A few minutes later, the temperature here actually dropped a few degrees. And tomorrow, having now dumped my bit of apocalyptic doom and gloom, we'll return to our regularly scheduled (deer! Walter! a parasailer at sunset!) Here in Malibu programming.

hot hot days

oh mercy

sailor in the cove

October 12, 2015

Sunset skyline

Can you have a skyline in the country? If yes, then here above Zuma last night it was foothills and sage, treetops and the last light of sunset doing the heavy lifting.


October 11, 2015


A drift of mist this morning in the sycamores.

sun in the sycamores

old sycamore grove


October 10, 2015

Signs of Saturday: So, um, no?

measure W

Someone cast an early vote on Measure W, the proposal to build out a vacant 5.8-acre parcel in town with a Whole Foods Market and assorted other retail, parking and public space.

The first commercial project to go to a vote under the slow-growth auspices of Measure R, which is facing a legal challenge, the Whole Foods project hits the ballot on Nov. 3.

October 9, 2015

It's going to be 100 degrees today so...

Let's look at water:


swell today


Better now.

October 8, 2015

tbt: Rain

more rain

Throwback Thursday: Rainy day on Jan. 21, 2010.

Sadly, that hillside is now gone, a bloated mega-mansion in its place.

October 7, 2015

Food fight

When you see pelicans fishing these days, chances are you'll also see some Heermann's gulls. Small and nimble, the gull stalks a pelican in hopes that, in that unguarded instant when the pelican lobs its catch from its pouch to its gullet, the gull can dart in and steal it.

As a devoted member of Team Pelican, I am happy to report that this morning, the pelicans won. They do this thing where, after bobbing to the surface with their meal, they keep their heads dropped, bills dipped down in the water. The instant the tide or the surf or a split second of inattention moves the gull out of range, whoosh!, the pelican does a successful toss-and-swallow.

Pelican dives, gulls stalk.

gulls try to steal pelican catch

The 'dip your bill' maneuver.

pelican and gulls

Pelican 1, gull 0.


Go pelicans!

October 6, 2015

The visitor

Coyote again, listening for gophers at the fence line.

hello again, coyote

standing above his breakfast


he hears a gopher


adios, coyote

October 5, 2015

Stuff we saw this morning

The post-rain coast:

paradise cove after the rain

A post-rain cactus flower--

cactus flower

...with a spidery stamen.

cactus flower stamen

And a tiny Labrador enjoying a sunbath.

miss muffinhead

October 4, 2015

It rained and so we walked

Woke at 4 am to rain, a sound so rare it lifts you from the deepest sleep. This morning, the Point Dume headlands, where crowds had yet to arrive.

The view to the south:

post-rain point dume

Out to sea:

out to sea after the rain

To the north:

view from point dume headlands

And above, where pelicans cruised the current.

pelicans in flight

October 3, 2015

Signs of Saturday: Woof

I'm happy to report that Walt and Maisie, two very goooood K9s, had their heads out the other window when this went by.



October 2, 2015

tbt (+ 24 hours)

My favorite thing about Throwback Thursday is the cultural cover it provides for posting photos of Maisie with her (and my) beloved Jake.

jake and maisie

Aug. 10 2008 on the road formerly known as De Butts Terrace.

October 1, 2015


october in the santa monica mtns

An autumnal antidote to the Christmas decorations (the music isn't far behind) now showing up somewhere near you.

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