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November 30, 2015

The visitor, again

morning coyote

He's alone, I think, not part of a pack, which isn't an easy life. Some mornings he's here at sunrise, tucked into a furrow left by plows that cleared the firebreak a few years back.

It's conservancy land, thousands of acres, and the little cottage sits at its very edge. There's an eight-foot fence between us and believe me, I'm grateful.

On this morning last week he had his back to us, facing the hills, but just as I lifted the camera, alerted by scent or sound or maybe both, he turned.

November 29, 2015

Sky life

Morning moonset--

moon sets as sun rises

Morning clouds:

morning clouds

November 28, 2015

Signs of Saturday: < < < <


Curve in the road on Mulholland Highway.

November 27, 2015

Are you looking at me?

I love how, when the wild parrots see you looking, they give a little head twilt (yes, twilt) and look right back. (Also, those cherry-colored feathers.)

IMGhello, wild parrot_6027

wild parrot

November 26, 2015

tbt: Happy Thanksgiving!

thanksgiving 2008 sunrise

Throwback Thursday: A post-storm Thanksgiving sunrise in 2008

November 25, 2015

Colors of the season

Got to the Santa Monica farmer's market right as it opened this morning. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving the place always has a different vibe, a buzzy kind of revel.

Didn't find my favorite apple vendor (short, hot season) but everyone else had beautiful stuff.

Still quiet before 8 am.

the quiet before the shopping storm

Growers still setting up:

vendors get ready

Everything so pretty:


And abundant.


It's almost citrus season:

citrus season is starting

I love that buddha's hand is part of LA's Thanksgiving landscape:

buddha's hand and figs

If it weren't for this stack of fennel and green onions and leeks, all of today's photos would be yellow and orange.

leeks and green onions


persimmons, pomegranates, sugarcane

And at Harry's Berries:

Harry's Berries

Savvy strawberry lovers got in line.

line for Harry's Berries

It's almost Thanksgiving!


November 24, 2015

PCH to the north of us

PCH north of malibu

When the drive includes this stretch of Pacific Coast Highway, emphasis on 'coast', even the dreaded Home Deport shopping experience becomes bearable.

November 23, 2015

Hang time

traveling hammock

beating the heat

Someone brought a hammock to the park. The whole time we were there -- about an hour -- nobody moved. Nice.

November 22, 2015

Stuff we saw this morning

Bird tree:

the bird tree

Road's end:

end of the hut road

Post-winds view of Catalina and the shipping lanes:

hello, catalina island


morning cove looking north

And obtw it's hot again, 90 in the hills above Zuma, high 80s at the beach.

heat wave

November 21, 2015

Signs of Saturday: Spell chekc


spell check

On PCH last week.

November 20, 2015

Old faithful

The temperature here crept up all night and this morning it's as though summer never left. Meanwhile the news from, well, just about anywhere right now is less than good so let's look at the view that (imho) never fails to soothe or, at the very least, smooth the rough edges.

paradise cove just after sunrise

November 19, 2015

tbt: Well-matched

tennis with jake and maisie

Jake and Maisie on the tennis court in Paradise Cove.

Throwback Thursday: Nov. 19, 2008

November 18, 2015

The runner

pepperdine runner

That blast of light right as the sun sets just knocks my socks off.

November 17, 2015


Add two more power lines with a few more birds and I swear there's a melody in there.


November 16, 2015

A little chill

That warm push of air brought a bit of cold weather, the horizon here on Sunday a showcase of blue and moody clouds.

if ony it had rained.

November 15, 2015

The sunrise here this morning

You could feel the weather shift last night, warmer breeze, softer air, so morning clouds were no surprise though if they linger, that'll still feel new.

sunday horizon

sunday sunrise

sunday coast

(Forgot my camera so iphone pix, even more snapshot-y than usual.)

November 14, 2015

Signs of Saturday: #Paris


When #Paris turned out its lights, the rest of the world turned them on.

(photo and text by Jeff Lewis on Twitter.)

November 13, 2015

Breakfast with the visitor

The coyote was here the other morning, showing us what it looks like when the meal you're hunting makes its home underground.


morning hunt


he hears someone

He's fast.

underground food

I think it was a car alarm from a home below that broke his concentration.


Meanwhile, the prey had shifted.




Yes, here.

good morning coyote



But where?

breakfast soon?

Gone, apparently.

getting closer

last attempt

And so, onward.


Not an easy life, no matter which side of the predator/prey equation you inhabit.

November 12, 2015

tbt: MIA


Gone but not forgotten -- HOWS Market, the '49 Plymouth, and I think that's little Maisie (still here, thank goodness) in the back seat.

Throwback Thursday: Nov. 12, 2006

November 11, 2015

The (not so) secret life of Trancas Creek

If you've ever driven past the Trancas (huge fight with autocorrect, which really really wants it to be 'Trances') shopping center, you've driven past Trancas Creek. Spared from development a few years back by a group of activists, it's now the subject of ongoing talks about restoration.

Meanwhile, as with all open spaces here in Malibu, the creek has a rich and somewhat private life. It's a coyote crossing, a hiking trail, a trysting ground and a dumping ground. You'll see ducks and egrets and gulls, dogs and snakes and lizards and hawks.

We've been regulars here lately, the dogs and I, so get ready for more photos than you're likely to want to see.

The overpass:

the trancas creek overpass

And the underpass:


the writing on the wall


Writing on the walls:



trancas creek underpass



egret at trancas creek

creek egret

And wild life:

camper at trancas creek

When the El Nino rains come, the creek will rise. It'll be interesting to see what happens next.

November 10, 2015

After the sun sets

Lately I've been setting the iso of the little point-and-shoot as low as it will go, opening the lens to let it drink in the very last of the sunset light.

crayola sunset

November 9, 2015

Monday bluster

Did it rain where you are this morning? Here, that chilly little weather system brought a bit of everything.

Muffled sunrise:

clouded sunrise

Drifting clouds (and yes, it rained):

clouds roll in

Misty vistas (until the afternoon, when crazy winds tore through:

foggy hills

And a sweet sailboat bobbing in the chop.

sailboat in the morning

November 8, 2015



sycamore tree

In a sycamore.


November 7, 2015

Signs of Saturday: Library


Arrive early enough and the sign at the Westlake branch of the LA County Library casts a word shadow.

November 6, 2015

On alert

walter on patrol

Someone has to keep an eye on the cats and squirrels who hop the fence between the neighbors' garden and our little cottage and as you can see here, Walter takes the job very seriously.

November 5, 2015

tbt: The doomed room

I wish I had been shooting with a better camera nine years ago when Malibu's dive bar, the Dume Room, was in its last days.

The Dume Room in Malibu

Inside the Dume Room

the juke box at the dume room

It's a Subway sandwich place now.

Throwback Thursday: The Dume Room on Nov. 5, 2006.

November 4, 2015

The tipping point

santa monica mountains

That's the view between storms yesterday from a spot where the beach-facing Santa Monica mountains level off and give way to the Valley.

November 3, 2015

Now that's more like it

Not even 48 degrees this morning while walking the dogs, who raced around and acted a bit nuts in the welcome chill.

Yesterday the wind howled, morning to night, as dark clouds sailed by and the occasional spit of rain made it feel like the far edge of autumn.

Meanwhile, the visitor was back, curled up and sleeping.

coyote sleeps

Or not.


November 2, 2015

A change in the weather

monday weather change

It's raining up north and the cool, cloudy (and with any luck) rainy goodness is headed our way. That's the beach here this morning, btw. Calendar appropriate.

November 1, 2015

Adios, October

Here's how October said farewell last night:

last sunset of october

And a few locals who greeted us this morning:

morning parrots

hello, neighbor

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