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March 31, 2018

Signs of Saturday: Hello, kitty

here kitty kitty

I first noticed the couple because they were at the pond at Pepperdine, feeding the...turtles? Usually it's the ducks that get the attention, but this woman was crouched at the water's edge, her husband taking photos with his phone, as she hand-fed six or seven of the dozens of turtles that make that pond their home.

It was kind of amazing because the turtles are notoriously shy, will leap from the banks into the water the minute they feel the ground vibrate with a footstep. But for her, they crowded around, waiting and jostling and taking tidbits from her hand. It was just so unusual.

And, as it turns out, so was their car.

March 30, 2018

The wild puppy

To everyone who wrote regarding the recent (mis)adventures of the baby Labrador, thank you. The foreign objects have been safely removed, she suffered no physical harm, and is wondering what all of the fuss was about.


March 29, 2018

The lone oak a field of green.

lone oak

March 28, 2018

What the rains left behind


Green -- one of my favorite seasons in Southern California.

March 27, 2018

Fantastic voyage

the puppy ate a sewing needle

Yes, this is an x-ray, and yes, there in the upper left quadrant of the stomach, that short, straight line that you see is indeed a sewing needle. And yes, it's Daisy who, in the process of chewing up a spool of thread, swallowed not one but TWO needles, one of which somehow made it safely through her digestive tract and out her other end, where it was removed by someone who is not getting paid nearly enough. But this second needle is refusing to budge so our vet, the wonderful and brilliant Dana DePerno, will use a scope to retrieve the needle later this morning.

There goes Daisy's college fund.

March 26, 2018


One of those perfect days in the Santa Monica mountains when everything suddenly makes sense.

sun and clouds

March 25, 2018


the green season

Just a little bit of rain and everywhere, green.

March 24, 2018

Signs of Saturday: Climate change

no snow

March 23, 2018

Sea change

I don't know why but when the winds kick up, the ocean goes dark blue.

ocean blue

March 22, 2018

Wet parrots in the rain

Headed out with the dogs this morning during a lull in the storm, which turned out not to be a lull at all but a strong and steady rain. Walt was fine in his raincoat. Daisy was fine in her naturally water-repellent fur. The humans were all fine with their jackets and umbrellas. And apparently the wild parrots were fine as well, perched on the topmost branches of the tallest tree, quietly chatting as the mist rose and the rain fell.

wild parrots in the rain

the rain and the wild parrots

wild parrots getting wet

March 21, 2018

60 seconds of rain on the (sun)roof

it's raining

If only it was also possible to share the scent of wet dog gently emanating from the back seat.

March 20, 2018

The hawk in the oak

It's always an honor to earn the baleful stare of the resident hawk in this beautiful oak.

hawk in the oak

the hawk is back

March 19, 2018

The coral trees are beginning to bloom

coral trees are in bloom

They need a lot less water than you would think, which is why they so often struggle here in sprinkler-crazed Southern California.

March 18, 2018

Sky view

through the roof

Fun times with the sunroof.

March 17, 2018

Signs of Saturday: Pick a lane

staying on message

Impressively single-minded.

March 16, 2018

The clouds around here these days

On rainy days -- and boy is it profoundly satisfying to be able to use the plural when it comes to rain -- the mountains look like this:

fogged in

March 15, 2018

I couldn't decide...

The clouds and the mountains or the blue and the ocean so, both.

weather sails by

advancing rain

March 14, 2018



apple pie

March 13, 2018

This has nothing to do with anything

paradise cove

I just needed something pretty to look at while the world goes to hell in a handbasket.

March 12, 2018

California sagebrush

artemisia californica

One of my favorites, artemisia californica, is growing like mad right now, making the most of the fits and starts of this strangest of rainy seasons.

Oh how I wish you could smell it...

March 11, 2018

The stylish one

When it's raining, Walt actually waits until he hears the sound of his raincoat being unfolded before he commits to going outside.

walt's raincoat

The baby Labrador, on the other hand, is completely drip dry.

waterproofed Walt and drip-dry Daisy

March 10, 2018

Signs of Saturday: lol

We all broke out laughing when the genius who had been aggressively tailgating our car on PCH, and then every car in front of us, turned out to have the vanity plate 'WIZDOM'.

the 'wizdom' of tailgating

March 8, 2018

Water colors

morning colors in bluffs park

That's how it felt this morning, like walking through a watercolor, everything pale, everything muted, everything leaning into the coming rain.

March 7, 2018

It's Puppy Wednesday!

Every time Walt begs for sympathy because Daisy hasn't yet learned the concept of personal space --

poor walter

...I wish I could show him this photo of a certain wild and crazy border collie squeezing in next to the late, great Maisie as she was in mid-nap.

she was there first

March 6, 2018

Great blue heron

Also making time for a bit of sun bathing during last week's seasonal chill, this gorgeous heron.

great heron warms up in the sun

March 5, 2018

Did we already look at the oak grove?

early morning oak grove

You'll almost never see other hikers here, even though it's right next to a popular trail. Lots of parrots, though, and hawks and finches and mysterious stirrings in the underbrush.

March 4, 2018

And just like that...

...the rain is gone.

pelican floats

March 3, 2018

Solstice Canyon in the rain

With the scents and sounds and canyon light, this is one of my favorite places during a storm.

rain rolls through

March 2, 2018

omg rain

thank you, rain

More, please.

March 1, 2018

A change in the weather?

a change in the weather

There's talk of a storm and a new look to the clouds so perhaps (Walter's ready to rock his raincoat) we'll get more than a drop or two this time.

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