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June 28, 2017

Gopher it

I can't remember -- did I already post the gopher digging his way out of the Casa de LOUD! mudslide? It's pretty funny and it drove Walter crazy.

gopher digs out of the mudslide

Didn't get his face on video, but here's the engineer responsible:

gopher nose

June 27, 2017

Canyon summer morning

summer canyon morning

I know our turn for crushing heat will come soon enough so it feels ok to say that today was perfect, one of those summer days with sun and blue and warmth and shade all in perfect balance.

June 26, 2017

Hitting the trail

riders in the santa monica mountains

There was a time when horses outnumbered cars in the Malibu rancho.

June 25, 2017

Empty nest

empty hawk's newst

And just like that, the hawk chicks have fledged and flown.

Last week I stopped, as I always do, to watch and listen. After a few visits in a row to a suddenly empty nest, was rewarded this time with a sighting. (Still not sure what went wrong but the shots from that day were unusable.)

The young hawk, smaller than his parents but admirably steady on his wings, flew by. He circled the quiet nest and landed on the branch above. He looked and waited a moment but no one was there. So he took off, caught a thermal, wafted up, his hawk-ish screech a bit thin but showing great promise.

June 24, 2017

Signs of Saturday: Bu Boo plate special

bu plate

June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day

Coyote pup sneaks away from his littermates to join his father, who's on lookout duty up on the ridge.

coyote dad on the lookout

pup sneaks up to join him

happy father's day

coyote pup with papa on the ridge

Shot on June 21, 2015.

June 15, 2017

tbt: Caught in the act

Ummm, what?

Walt's sentry post, where he kept an eagle eye on all departures and arrivals.

Throwback Thursday: April 15, 2015

June 14, 2017


green and blue

Longer days, warmer nights, and a light-hearted vacation-y vibe from the flow of visitors to our little town, all of it a sweet reminder that we're edging into summer, the solstice just a week away.

June 13, 2017

The lone oak persists

lone oak happier after the rains

It's one of my favorite trees in the area, the lone oak, and after a winter of decent rain, it's leafier than I've seen it in years.

June 12, 2017


volunteer nasturtium

During the long weeks of May Gray and June Gloom (which we are about to sorely miss as the first of who knows how many heat waves bears down on us) the glow of these jewel-like flowers from the underbrush and near creek beds all over Malibu was irresistible.

June 11, 2017

First it rained and then the sun came out

paradise cove evening

Rain. Then sun.

Also, traffic.

June 10, 2017

Signs of Saturday: Bu plate special

The regional 'can't quite decide' variation:

bu plate tahoe edition

June 8, 2017

tbt: The fog

santa monica mountains fog

From a drive over the crest of the Santa Monica Mountains last year, in the fog that followed the rain.

Throwback Thursday: on Kanan Road, shot on January 18, 2016

June 7, 2017

Sorry to be repetitive but...'s peak June Gloom and here on the sea side of the mountains, we're socked in. A little bit chilly and very gray, with low skies and muddy light.

So once again, here's the other edge of the marine layer, caught by the mountains, pushed back by warmth, drifting, evaporating.

the climate divide

marine layer tries its best

another day, a new marine layer

June Gloom in Malibu

June 5, 2017

Bee tree

bee tree

Waiting for the dogs to finish sniffing something delicious when the sound behind us, a low and constant hum, suddenly took on meaning.

Solstice Canyon, one of our regular morning walks now that the Tiny Labrador can't venture too far, was hit hard by fire in 2007. A decade later, one of the many trees hollowed out by the flames is home to a colony of bees.

They're very, very busy, these bees, with several flight paths leading to and from the tree. I would have shot a bit of video but they're so fast they don't really show up. And though they're certainly loud enough for audio, on this day the flock of parrots roosting and jousting above us was way louder.

June 3, 2017

Signs of Saturday: Suggestion box


Shot by a friend who had trouble hitting 'send' because she was laughing so hard.

June 1, 2017

tbt: Morning light


Another Paradise Cove sunrise, again from another time.

Throwback Thursday: Sailboat in the Cove, shot on Oct. 13, 2007.

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