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January 31, 2017

Back by popular demand

Some days, Walter gets more email than I do. And to those writers wondering about his whereabouts, I apologize for his recent absence on the blog, and even more for the fuzziness (the camera has been sat on once too many times, I fear) of the images. It's a tribute to the flying border collie that his many charms transcend poor photo technique.


wet walter

out-of-focus flying walter

flying border collie

January 30, 2017

The happiest Tiny Labrador in the world

tiny Labrador in the pond

Last weekend's epic rains filled to overflowing the ponds where we walk and Miss Maisie could not be happier. All around the perimeter, about two feet of gently sloping lawn is submerged.

Usually Maisie's not allowed in the water but a travel ban suddenly seemed unconstitutional like a rotten idea. So now the Muffinhead wades her way around the circumference of the pond, the terra firma of green grass beneath her paws, getting her feet (ok, and most of the rest of her) wet, coming home soaked and smelling of wet dog and thus fulfilling her divine purpose.

wet Lab = happy Lab

January 29, 2017

Duck butts!

Yes, in times of great stress and despair, words that make the 4- and 6-year-old boys next door laugh out loud (duck butt!) bring relief.

duck butts!

January 28, 2017

Signs of Saturday: Bu plate variation

Really a California plate, international edition:

california to bc

January 26, 2017

tbt: In Joshua Tree

highway in the park

Road through Joshua Tree National Park.

Throwback Thursday: Jan. 1, 2011

January 24, 2017

Sweet 15

sweet 15

Tradition, and a working pay phone.

January 23, 2017

After the rain

after the rain

Solstice canyon is closed due to rockfalls and mudslides so here's Bluffs Park, all clouds and blue and green as the storm moved out.

January 22, 2017

Rainy nightfall at the Malibu pier

rainy dusk at the malibu pier

Deserted, except for some gulls. My favorite part is the light from a sign on the pier, reflected in the waves.

January 21, 2017

Signs of Saturday: Marchers have their say


The first inkling that this was bigger, so much bigger than expected came at the North Hollywood Metrolink. Not even 8 am and the parking lots were full and the streets jammed. Thousands of people converged, surged through the concourse, packed the stairs, filled (and over-filled) the cars.

At Pershing Square the crowds were so thick it took half an hour just to reach the street. There, more than one hundred thousand people (the LAPD head count doesn't get any more specific than that) walked peacefully through downtown.

It was a parade, a celebration, a repudiation, a declaration, and a joyful revelation. It was thoughtful, peaceful (not a single arrest) inclusive and hopeful. As you marched with the women and men and young people of all races and ages and ethnicities, from all walks of life, united by the need to speak out, to push back, to stand up for one another, for human rights, for basic decency, you couldn't help but feel deep pride in our city and -- have you seen the news stories and overhead shots? -- our nation and our world.

Metro crowd at Pershing Square:

metro crowd

And out into dtla:

saturday march

crowd grows


The signs, lord the signs were great, somber, defiant, funny and profane.


trump quotes bane

the revolution will be instagrammed

crowd surges

sos tiffany




tiny hands

sorry earth

nasty woman






grow a pair

the basics






IMG_0375obama cared

daddy's girl



swamp thing

*This post has been adjusted to reflect LAPD's crowd estimate in dtla.

January 20, 2017

Point Dume after the rain

point dume headlands after the storm

Wind blowing, clouds flying, dusk falling, night on the way.

January 19, 2017

Solstice Creek cranks up the volume

Thanks to the low mud-to-dog ratio after a rain, we head to Solstice Canyon for post-storm walks. And after last night the creek has moved from running to racing and, in a few places, flooding.

solstice creek racing

Also, because the idea of them never gets old, a wild parrot.

good morning, wild parrot

January 18, 2017

The beach here this morning

As much as the rain, I love the silvery storm-on-the-way light.

wednesday sunrise

out to sea

paradise cove view

January 16, 2017

Bufflehead bath

Warning -- another bird video. Just can't seem to help it these days...

bufflehead ducks in malibu

January 14, 2017

Signs of Saturday: Bu plate special

The edition.

'bu plate love

January 13, 2017

Solstice Canyon creek (again)

After years of drought the sight and sounds of this creek (and the wild parrots -- hear them?) edges into the realm of miracles.

solstice canyon creek

January 12, 2017

Point Dume yesterday

A break from the rain and a break from work and oh the colors:

point dume yesterday

Every puddle played host to a bird:

quick bath

Seriously -- every single puddle:

bird bath

A California poppy was waking up:

california poppy

And miraculously no one else was around:

pt dume viewing platform

Oh my.

the view from point dume

January 11, 2017

Wild congregation

wild parrots in malibu

The wild parrots of Malibu, as loud and beautiful and busy and funny and unexpected as ever.

January 10, 2017


hello, rain

January 9, 2017


mist decends

January 8, 2017

Oh the muffin head

I should have seen it coming...

the puddle

The Tiny Labrador steps into the puddle and...

the tiny Labrador

Oh yes she did:

of course

January 7, 2017

Signs of Saturday: A 'Bu plate two-fer

'Bu plate specials, parked within a few feet of each other. These fall into the 'self-identify' subcategory of the genre.

bu maman

bu bro

January 6, 2017

Pretty bird

wild parrot in solstice canyon

Blue skies and wild parrots in Solstice Canyon.

January 5, 2017

This too is not normal

storm passes through

We've been rain-starved for so long it's hard to keep in mind that, welcome as it may be, this extended run of clouds and sprinkles is, in fact, an ongoing series of near-misses.

January 4, 2017

Meanwhile, at the Point Dume headlands...

point dume headlands

Look who's loving the rain:


The giant coreopsis, waking up:

giant coreopsis wakes up

And doing a bit of early blooming:

early bloom

giant coreopsis ready to bloom

giant coreopsis beats the clock

January 3, 2017

Bare with me...

A lot of leafless trees on the blog these days but with the clouds and the light and the lace of bare branches, with the storminess of it all, the wet and winter, it's hard to look away.

malibu storm and sky

last leaf

sycamore sleeps

January 2, 2017

Winter greening

winter green

One of the nicest parts of the season...

January 1, 2017

Hello, 2017

hello 2017

Please play nice.

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