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March 31, 2017

On Mulholland Highway

mulholland highway

I don't think I've ever seen the Santa Monica mountains get this green.

March 30, 2017

tbt: Thelma Todd's Roadhouse

Thelma Todd's Roadhouse

Still there, still mysterious, and still beautiful.

Throwback Thursday: Thelma Todd's Roadhouse on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu

March 29, 2017

That was then: The fog

above the fog in Malibu

Almost daily fog that fall. Sometimes it burned off, sometimes not quite. But most days, if you timed it right, headed out before morning sunlight loosened things up, you could get up above and find the coast all wrapped in clouds.

Oct. 26, 2007.

March 28, 2017

The basics

Blue, green, sunshine.

malibu in springtime (and winter and fall and...)

March 27, 2017

Well that was unexpected

A day of not posting became two and then three and suddenly, a week's hiatus. To be honest, it has been a challenging few months. The deaths of two of my dearest friends, a first-ever encounter with (seriously, there has to be a better name for something so hellish) stomach flu, and news that the Tiny Labrador may be gravely ill with liver disease.

Add in that Casa de LOUD! is located in industrial Malibu, where coyotes on one's doorstep are not a thing, and the fact that the little point-and-shoot needs to be replaced, but parsing reviews of the newest cameras takes more mental bandwidth than is presently available, and voila -- radio silence.

Just now, though, while sifting through photos for a friend, there were so many nice ones in the archives that I'm thinking I'll alternate past and present shots so I can keep posting. After six (!) years of weighing in every day it feels too weird when the blog goes dark.

For today, here's a shot me and my late friend Jamie, my first true love. (It's a photo of a snapshot and not that great.) We met when I was 18 and he was a sophisticated older man of 22. When our romance eased to an end, we stayed best friends. This is a holiday dinner at his family's beautiful farm on the banks of the Mississippi River in Burlington, Iowa.

I remember one year his older sister, Anna, had a boyfriend who got a summer job on a river boat. Every evening, as it motored upstream back to dock, the captain would blow the horn as they passed the farm. Anna would run upstairs to the river porch, a wonderful screened-in space to sleep on hot August nights. She would wave a kerchief at her boyfriend, and he would stand on deck and wave back. It all seemed so romantic.

omg we were so young

This other shot is of my late friend Amy Dawes and me. She and her husband, Billy Vasquez (aka The 99-cent Chef) and I were in Joshua Tree to see in the New Year. We stayed at the Joshua Tree Inn, went to hear I See Hawks in LA, and hiked and ate and lazed and drank and hiked and lazed and ate (and drank) some more. Best New Year ever.

veronique and amy

As for Miss Muffinhead, no news yet from the vet about lab results. (Or Lab results, considering her breed.) But of course I'll let you know what we hear.

March 20, 2017

It's the first day of spring!

maisie with a daisy

Happy vernal equinox!

March 19, 2017

The fog


Wildflowers -- this is penstemon, yes? -- enjoying our ongoing fog event.

March 18, 2017

Signs of Saturday: Bu plate special

Seriously, the Bu plate genre appears to be endless.

bu plate special blend

March 17, 2017

Of course

but the rules are for the other people

Really, what other choice is there but to ignore the sign, climb over the barrier and trample the delicate bluff that's undergoing restoration?

March 16, 2017

TBT: Low-Flying dogcraft

The flying Miss Muffinhead over the years:

flying maisie

maisie jumps


flying dogs

maisie jumps

baby maisie and her beloved jake

maisie and her ball

fast maisie


Oh Maisie...

Throwback Thursday: Eleven years of Maisie in flight. :)

March 15, 2017

Rhymes with March

Five days in a row of coastal fog in May or June and we've got gray and gloom to describe it. But March? Uncharted foggy territory.

foggy morning at legacy park

fog foggy foggier

walter in the mist

(This is Legacy Park in Malibu, btw.)

March 14, 2017

Malibu moment

Drifting fog, wild parrots and the traffic on PCH.

fog rolls in

March 13, 2017

When in doubt...


the love affair continues

March 9, 2017

Still can't get used to all of this green

greeniest green greenery


March 7, 2017


Can't quite work up a narrative for the broken bike and the lone bedroom slipper abandoned at Solstice Canyon last week.


March 1, 2017

Peak bloom for the giant coreopsis at the Point Dume headlands

giant coreopsis at the headlands

point dume headlands

giant coreopsis annual bloom

The giant coreopsis is blooming all over the coast but it's most spectacular at the Point Dume headlands. Fair warning -- there are only a handful of legal parking places. Tickets are steep and enforcement is often aggressive.

If you do go, please stay on the trails. And when you (inevitably) see others off-trail and damaging the fragile landscape, please consider speaking up. Help protect the headlands.

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