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February 28, 2018

Happy birthday, Walt!

It's Puppy Wednesday! and it's also Walter's birthday. He's 5 years old, which is hard to believe. He's now the same age as one of the boys next door and all of the little kids here find that to be thrilling.

The boys have done some birthday shopping and also a bit of gift wrapping and they're having a party for Walt after school. Although he's definitely enjoying all of the extra hugs and pats on the head, the handsome border collie has no clue what's going on.

Meanwhile, here are Walt and Daisy on their morning walk yesterday. This was a non-stop activity throughout the entire hike and as you can see by the drop in intensity between the first and second video (and the shift from racing to wrestling) they wore themselves out.

aaaaand they're off!

walt v daisy

And finally, here's baby Walt, carefully considering which bit of mischief he should get into first.

baby walt

February 27, 2018

It almost rained a little bit

point dume this morning

A few raindrops fell last night, just enough to dampen the grass and wet the dogs' feet but that's all. Today we've got high-flying clouds and no hint of a storm, the opening days of Year Two of what's turning out to be one of the driest (and hottest) periods ever in SoCal.

February 26, 2018

At last, a hawk

It's probably my own schedule and radius these days that has cut down on the raptor sightings, but whatever the reason it was thrilling to see this red-shouldered hawk in Bluffs Park. (And all the more reason that the Malibu City Council's lust to turn this last remaining bit of undeveloped bluffs in Malibu into soccer fields is a short-sighted, dunderheaded, catastrophic boondoggle.)


red-shouldered hawk

red-shouldered hawk watches

red-shouldered hawk in bluffs park

February 25, 2018

Same rock, different birds

This time it was an adult black-crowned night heron doing a bit of basking...

night heron

...and a juvenile flying away.

fly away

February 24, 2018

One year

Amy at Jumbo Rocks

Look -- it's Amy!

first (legal) kayakers down the LA river

veronique and amy at joshua tree

amy dawes, brilliant friend

charmlee hike malibu

I miss you so much, dear friend.

February 23, 2018

Mountains, clouds, palm tree

clouds move through

That about sums it up on a quiet afternoon walk.

February 22, 2018

Sun bath

chilly egret

The egrets are usually in the water and hard at work by the time our morning walk takes us past their bit of habitat in Legacy Park. These last few days, though, with a seasonal chill finally here (and everyone wearing winter coats with their flip-flops because brrrr, it's 45 degrees!) instead of fishing and wading there's a lot more sunbathing.

February 21, 2018

It's puppy Wednesday!

miss daisy

Daisy knows she's a spring.

February 20, 2018

Vanishing point

pch north of yerba buena

Chilly and clear with winter-blue water on the drive north.

February 19, 2018

This has nothing to do with anything

Miss Patsy

Just didn't want another day without posting to go by.

That's Patsy in one of her favorite spots at the Latigo Shore cottage a few years ago, one of my least-favorite (loud, lead-footed bully upstairs) homes in Malibu.

February 12, 2018

Back to the future

venice oil wells
Oil wells in Venice in the 1930s

California is already mobilizing against the Trump cartel's fever dream of oil drilling on the California coast.

From CNBC:

California has released its battle plan in a brewing war between the White House and coastal states opposed to the Trump administration's expansive offshore drilling ambitions.

The state's powerful land commission said on Wednesday it will refuse to issue permits for infrastructure that drillers need to bring oil and gas from offshore fields to land. Meanwhile, the California Coastal Commission, which has authority to review oil and gas activity off the state's shores, also formally opposed Trump's plan to allow new drilling in Pacific waters.

The hope is this strategy can become a template for use by the governors and congressional delegations of the other coastal states that think new drilling is a terrible idea.

February 11, 2018

Let's pretend

even foggier today

When there's no real weather for months and months on end, we make do with another climatic event that has become vanishingly rare -- fog.

February 10, 2018

Signs of Saturday: Bu plate special


OK, so technically it's not in the Bu plate genre, but it's very Malibu nonetheless.

February 9, 2018

Can it be Puppy Friday too?


Because seriously, what a face.

February 8, 2018

Slice of sunset

where the rain clouds used to be

There's a spot on the Pepperdine campus where the angled lawn meets the sweep of the horizon and every minute, as the light shifts, there's a new Rothko.

February 7, 2018

It's Puppy Wednesday!

coyote alert

Morning hikes in Solstice Canyon require constant coyote radar.

February 6, 2018

Surfrider Beach is now on the Register of Historic Places

Malibu's iconic beach is the first time surfing history has made it to the Register.

From the Santa Monica Mirror:

The 160-acre Malibu Historic District is entirely composed of public property and includes: the First Point, Second Point, and Third Point surf breaks, the Malibu Pier, and portions of both Surfrider and Malibu Lagoon State Beaches. The immediate area of eastern Malibu now has three periods of California's cultural history represented in the National Register: the Chumash Humaliwo village site; Stiles O. Clements' Adamson House; and now the Malibu Historic District.

The Malibu Historic District listing establishes a new pathway for coastal conservation -- complimenting established protection models based on natural habitats or important species with those based on historical and cultural significance. The listing is site-specific and secures protections in state and federal coastal project planning explicitly from the point of view of the area's significance, in this case surfing. The listing serves as a qualifying step for additional state protections based on historical significance.

From the Malibu Times:

This is the city's third listing; previous two listings in the register include one for the Chumash Humaliwo village and another for the Malibu Adamson House.

Nonprofit organization Sea of Clouds, which is dedicated to "recognizing and protecting America's special coastal places," first pushed for the nomination in 2015, and secured letter of support from City Council through a unanimous, 4-0 vote at an April 2016 meeting.

A dedication ceremony will take place sometime this summer.

malibu pier


hello, Hurricane Marie

surf at the malibu pier

rainy dusk at the malibu pier

February 5, 2018

The fog

It's been a long time since the fog swept in like this, thick and fast and no-nonsense, erasing the horizon, obscuring landmarks, blocking the sun.

fog blows in

February 4, 2018

Will it ever rain here again?

too hot, much too hot

We have now had exactly one storm in the last 12 months. One. And lately it's been 80 degrees at the coast. In February.

February 3, 2018

The wild side

wild parrot in solstice canyon

I'll never get tired of the wild parrots here, whether it's one or two of them meeting your gaze from a branch just few feet above, or the full flock screaming (and I mean that literally, the sound they make is like the rending of sheet metal) across the sunset sky.

February 2, 2018


not a raindrop in sight

Well that week flew right by.

I could have posted, should have posted really, but it would have been fevered images of a weird world courtesy of someone taken down by the vicious, horrible relentless crud that's going around.

So here's the re-set, blue on blue, coming to you from our dry, so dry, when-will-it-ever-rain-again? stretch of coastline.

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