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February 28, 2017

Still here

passing through

Be back soon.

February 24, 2017

Chilly morning with the wild parrots

early morning parrot grooming

Getting ready for the first big flight of the day. I love how they groom themselves and each other.

February 23, 2017


Remember this, the parched expanse of Bluffs Park last fall?

Bluffs Park, Nov. 4, 2016\

Now it's this:

Bluffs Park, Feb. 22, 2017

February 22, 2017


It's a one-way love affair with the hawk, who tolerates ignores me...

hawk in the santa monica mtns

oak and hawk

...until I get too close.

off he goes

February 21, 2017

Magic oak

No matter how much it rains, the sides of this tree remain dry.

epic rain, dry tree

February 19, 2017

Between the storms

between the rain storms

With all the wind and clouds and sudden storms, rainbows and thunder and moments of sun, it felt more like a Caribbean island here yesterday than our typical California binary of rain or shine.

February 18, 2017

Signs of Saturday: Bu plate special

Ohio state edition:

bu plate ohio edition

February 17, 2017

The Malibu Pier today

If you were at the pier today, you pretty much had it all to yourself.

storm rolls through

malibu pier on friday

You're hearing wind and surf and PCH.

storm at the malibu pier

malibu storm

February 16, 2017

Red sky at morning

morning clouds

pre-storm sunrise

Meant to wake in time for the pre-storm sunrise but caught just the tail end of it from the front yard.

February 15, 2017


around the bend

The bridge up ahead and the bend in the road and the sound and scent of the creek, the breeze and new leaves and -- well, you get the idea. You walk and you walk and you keep on walking.

February 14, 2017



The nasturtiums are going crazy in all this rain, leaves as big as dinner plates.

February 13, 2017

Winter green

california winter green

It doesn't even look real around here these days.

February 12, 2017

On Mulholland Highway

Mulholland Drive gets all the attention but Mulholland Highway, well, it's LA County's hidden gem.

on Mulholland Highway

February 11, 2017

Signs of Saturday: Dog puns

I love our local vet.

live! nude! dogs!

February 10, 2017

The sunrise here this morning

A brief flare of color and then out.

sailor take warning

red sky at morning

clouds moving in

February 9, 2017

The fog rolls in...and out

In the morning the ocean looked like this:

pacific fog this morning

And just a few hours later:

fog rolls out

February 8, 2017

Hawk dries out

Even from afar you could see something was different about the hawk, the usually tidy silhouette somehow askew.

hawk waits for sun this morning

Closer up, under his unflinching scrutiny, it became clear he was just drying his feathers, wings and tail unfolded and unfurled.

almost ready to fly again

hawk dries out

hawk takes a break from the rain

February 7, 2017

The long goodbye

malibu pier at dusk

Rain and fog and mist all day as the storm took its sweet time in fading.

February 6, 2017

California greening

On such a winter's day.

Stormy Solstice Canyon this morning, where Maisie wore tolerated her rain coat.

winter's rainy day

california live oaks

california greening

the muffinhead's raincoat

maisie wears her raincoat

solstice canyon rainy day


solstice creek on the run

February 5, 2017

Weather edges in

The Santa Monica Mountains are lost in the mist and on the horizon, a sea change.

rain on the way to SoCal

February 4, 2017

Signs of Saturday: Native

Goodbye, weird and funky Malibu Riviera Motel, where surfers and day laborers and the occasional Mercedes-driving traveler got what they paid for at $99 per night. It's been spiffed up, re-branded, and the prices hiked (not astronomically, for Malibu) to $189. The ghost of the Dume Room mourns.

adios Malibu Riviera Motel

February 3, 2017

Dogs in the rain

One walk in the rain was all it took for Walter, who's highly absorbent, to learn to love his raincoat.

walter on the move

walter loves his raincoat\

rainy day dog walk

But Maisie, whose Lab genes render her drip dry (and who has PETA on speed dial) prefers to go au naturel.

Tiny Labrador refuses her raincoat

February 2, 2017

They're (almost) heeere...

Not sure whether the groundhog saw his shadow and don't know what it means if he did, but here on the coast we have the first stirrings of what's bound to be an abundant wildflower season this spring.

teeny tiny one

funny face

sunburst after the rain

post-droought spray of purple

February 1, 2017

The mountain lake fills up

There were times during the drought (the one that's not over, no matter what the rain gauges may say) that parts of the little lake in the Santa Monica Mountains went dry and turned to pasture.

Now, the banks are brimming, the dam's overflowing, the creek is running and the water is churned to a rich, muddy brown.

dought abates in malibu mtns

mountain lake fills up

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