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July 31, 2017

Summer chill

malibu pier at dusk

The Malibu Pier last night, diners strolling in, day trippers headed home, anglers making one last cast, and the marine layer edging closer.

July 30, 2017

Saint Walter

puppy like

I shot the video, uploaded it, had a snack, watered some plants and as I'm writing this they're still at it, Walter so sweet and gentle with the shark-toothed puppy.

July 29, 2017

Signs of Saturday: Bu plate special

The kinetic edition.

bu plate special

July 28, 2017


green and blue

Maybe the best thing about the Pepperdine lawn, other than the scope and the sweep and the colors and the quiet and the view, is the fact that it's maintained entirely with recycled water.

Now if only the chimes of the clock tower were working again. I miss those.

July 27, 2017

tbt: Sail away

great escape

Clearing the northern tip of the Santa Monica bay. You can just imagine the breeze, the views, the endless curve of the western horizon.

Throwback Thursday: Shot on May 18, 2013

July 26, 2017

It's overexposed and out of focus but...

daisy does pupperdine

Flying puppy ears!

July 25, 2017

On Mulholland Highway

on mulholland highway

Not too hot here for a change, in the 70s at the beach, high 80s across the mountains. Slight breeze, dove calling, summer stillness, still summer.

July 23, 2017

Ducklings in July

An odd sight, ducklings this late in summer. Scooting along so fast to keep pace with their mom, they're a blur on the water.

ducklings in july

July 22, 2017

Signs of Saturday: Goodbye, beach club

This old-school motel on the land side of PCH got an update so it's just a matter of time before the sign (not fabulous, I'll admit, but enduring) gets replaced.

development = adios

goodbye, surfrider beach club

July 21, 2017

Turtle beach

An afternoon in the sun for the local turtle population, ectotherms who love a chance to warm up.

turtle beach

July 19, 2017

Oooh and ewww...

At the garden center the other day, this came in for a landing.

giant green beetle

so green, so shiny!

scarab beetle?

July 18, 2017

California crisp

Unless it's getting water somehow, everything everywhere is dry.

california crisp

sunbaked malibu

July 17, 2017

Little dog, big world

little dog, big world

Little Daisy, listening to the flock of wild parrots overhead and drinking in the wonder of it all.

July 16, 2017

Weird, right?

endless task

In front of one of the houses on Carbon Beach, one of Malibu's priciest stretches of sand (and that's saying a lot) is a statue of a kneeling workman, perpetually stooped, trapped in an endless task.

July 15, 2017

Signs of Saturday: In the beginning

Here it is, the original Malibu plate. Makes me wonder if there's a plain old 'Bu" plate out there somewhere...

bu plate zero

July 14, 2017

So, this happened

We're in shock here at Casa de LOUD!, where things moved quickly and today Walter and I find ourselves living with a puppy. This comes just two weeks after Maisie's passing, but considering the sorrow the Tiny Labrador's death caused, it also comes just in time.

The puppy's name is Blue, True Blue, actually, but the little kids next door have taken to calling her Daisy. She's 12 weeks old and has a sweet, calm temperament. She adores Walter. He's a bit reserved in return. But he's fascinated. Camps out by her kennel when she's napping, follows her as she explores, corrects her sternly but appropriately when her puppy-ness crosses his boundaries. You can see the bond beginning to form.

It's unsettling, this mix of grief and delight. What helps is the little kids here. They still talk about Maisie all the time, ask me every day what she's thinking, and when they refer to her, they call her 'Little Shooting Star'.

The 6-year-old boy started it. Out of the blue one morning he asked "What does Little Shooting Star say?" and when I asked him who that was, he pointed to the sky and said it was Maisie.

Here's the puppy when we first met her:

hello, new puppy

And here she is discovering the delights of the Pepperdine lawn in the company of her hero, Walter.

where do I grab it first?

all mouth

where did Walter go?

here comes my hero

wait for me!

new friends

July 13, 2017

tbt: Fire season

3 p.m., burning east of Corral Canyon

The words 'fire season' have lost all meaning here in the West, where it begins earlier and earlier each year.

This is from 2007, as flames moved through Corral Canyon.

Throwback Thursday: View from Paradise Cove on November 24, 2007 at 2:58 pm.

July 12, 2017

Brides in trees

A couple of times a week a different lovely young woman in the same whimsical red dress climbs a tree on the Pepperdine lawn.

brides in trees

It's always the same photog and always the same crew, who have created a thriving business shooting engaged couples against this striking backdrop.

one photog's pov

July 11, 2017

The neighbors

The first night we spent here at Casa de LOUD! we learned we had downstairs neighbors. Considering this is a one-story bungalow with no basement, the news came as a bit of a shock.

It was at 3 am that Walter lost his mind and went full-on crazy-dog. He barked and raced in weird zigzags across the entire house as his ears and nose tracked the residents below.

Raccoons, it turned out. The landlord shoved a sandbag (love you, Malibu) into a broken air vent the following morning and the raccoon family moved.

Next door.

the lookout

the coast is clear

quick exit

on the lam

July 10, 2017

Summer breezy

Walter got his summer haircut (the first of several -- the season is long and his fur grows fast) a few days ago:

walter's summer cut

...and he's so plush and squeezable, people can't keep their hands off of him.

summer buzz cut

The sounds of Solstice Canyon

Thirty-one seconds of creek and parrots.

31 seconds in Solstice Canyon

July 8, 2017

Signs of Saturday: Bu plate special

bu plate special

The name plate/license plate edition.

July 7, 2017


state your business, please

Louise asks that you state your business, please.

July 6, 2017

tbt: Morning beach

the view

Early light at Little Dume.

Throwback Thursday: Shot on Aug. 12, 2012 at 6:20 am.

July 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

July 2, 2017

Together again

jake and maisie hut road

The sad news here is that the Tiny Labrador left us this morning. She had been really sick and today it was time to let her go. It was very peaceful.

I choose to believe her beloved Jake was waiting for her, and that with the completion of her earthly duties there was great joy.

Rest in peace, little Maisie, and thank you. You were such a wonderful girl.

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