Couldn't actually see them through the viewfinder while shooting the video but it turns out they're so loud that you can pretty much track them by sound.
Just a hint of defiance in the courtyard garden where the lizards and monarchs and hummingbirds still visit, but keep shorter hours.
Have breakfast in summer, eat lunch in the fall as the autumnal equinox reaches us here in California today at 1:02 pm.
It's one of the two truly balanced days of the year, when minutes of daylight equal minutes of dark.
Despite having alternatives I keep bringing along the same battered point-and-shoot precisely because it's been through so much already that just one more (and one more after that) trip in the back pocket can't really be all that bad.
All of a sudden it's autumn, the colors in the hills, the angle of the light, the evening birds racing home, everything steeper, sharper, a little bit darker.
I've come to have mixed feelings about the annual 9/11 flag display at Pepperdine. It goes up too soon and lasts too long, which makes it seem more self-conscious spectacle than solemn tribute.
It's a bit grey and grim at the coast today so here's the sunny view yesterday afternoon from Paradise Cove.
In other news, the puppy was wagging her tail so hard in her sleep just now that she woke herself up.
And just like that, the movie theater in Malibu is gone. It seems crazy that a city as well-off and well-connected as this one can't keep a cinema but reportedly Regal, the most recent exhibitor, wasn't able to make a go of it.
From the Malibu Times:
The 4,000-square-foot theater--tiny by today's multiplex standards--opened in 1972, first by the Wallace Theater Corporation. By 1992 the company was known as Hollywood Theaters. After a fire forced its closure in 2005, it reopened more than a year later and in 2011 Regal Cinemas took over its management.
Malibu resident Dick Guttman, a longtime film publicist, told The Malibu Times he was astounded by the theater's closing.
"It's incomprehensible in a town that basically was founded as a movie colony--originally a bunch of huts along the ocean that movie stars went to in the '30s to get away," Guttman said. "Malibu's always been not just a beach town. For it to abandon or be abandoned by theatrical distribution is just ridiculous."
Film lovers in Malibu who don't want to make the drive to the Agoura Hills or Thousand Oaks theaters have a good option in the Malibu Film Society, which screens an eclectic mix of features, documentaries and animation. During the annual Awards Screening Series, members get to see films from all Oscar categories, often with a Q&A with writers, directors and actors. (Yes, a MFS member is writing this paragraph. And yes, it's as good as it sounds.)
Goodbye, tiny two-screen movie theater. We're so sorry to see you go.
I'm happy to report that the replacement of the funky old Surfrider Beach Club sign:
Turned out better than expected:
Yes it's completely out of focus but then so is life these days with Miss Daisy, who is very, very busy.
That most recent heat wave rolled right over Malibu, humid and 92 at sunset at one point, then barely ten degrees lower for the overnight low.
When I shot this on Friday morning the creek in Solstice Canyon was still flowing. Barely, and only in a few places, but you could hear it. After the week end though, when temps here at the coast hit the mid-90s and the overnight low was 85 (!) all best are off.