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April 30, 2018

First harvest

You have to squint to see them but here are the first blooms of lavender from the courtyard garden.

first lavender from the garden

April 29, 2018

Someone's in the hawk nest again

It's so nice when the natural world manages to stay unchanged.

not-so-empty nest

the nest has an occupant

the hawks are back

April 28, 2018

Signs of Saturday: Variations on a theme

green machine


April 27, 2018

Bird butts!

The wild parrots of Solstice Canyon make it clear when the interview is over.

wild parrot wants to chat

wild parrots in solstice canyon\

April 26, 2018

Afternoon light

solstice canyon and spring green

It's some of the prettiest light of the year, that hour or so as the marine layer burns off and the sun filters through and the springtime colors come back to life.

April 25, 2018

It was actually a lot grayer than this

may gray arrives early

After last year's ferociously hot -- and let's not forget humid -- summer, I offer no complaints about the early arrival of the May Gray/June Gloom coastal fog situation.

April 24, 2018

House finches come to visit

little visitors

They're taking a time out from stalking the hummingbird feeder (that's what those fluttery shadows are, the unhappy hummingbirds) which they've learned to tip and drain.

April 23, 2018

Rude awakening

onionweed, a non-native

It's disappointing to learn that this pretty little flower, asphodelus fistulosus, is not only a non-native, it's considered a noxious and invasive weed.

April 22, 2018

The tiny ones

This year's wildflower bloom is somewhat subdued but as even in the driest times, these tiny purple ones are a cheery constant. Love the golden anthers.

tiny flowers

April 21, 2018

Signs of Saturday: 'Bu plate special

bu muse

From the industrial end of Malibu, where the deep fryers never sleep, the enigmatic 'bu muse makes her way through traffic.

And while we're here may I just say how every time someone new takes over Flickr, the site that hosts my photos, they make pointless, dopey, definitely-not-better updates? This newest iteration is now asking users to approve 'privacy' permissions that are as cynical as they are porous. AND the company asking you to agree to this public nudity is called SmugMug. UGH.

Thank you. Useless rant, feel better anyway.

April 20, 2018

It rained

it rained on thursday morning

We had the rare pleasure of unheralded rain yesterday, no hyped-up storm watch, no minute-by-minute updates, none of that precision radar that strips the joy from the unexpected.

It was just a few sprinkles for just a few minutes but the privacy of it felt like we were getting away with something.

April 19, 2018


One of the striking things about Solstice Canyon is the comeback of so many of the trees that burned in the 2007 Corral Fire.

fire survivor

see through

oak in solstice

Still talking about the green

walter waits

A bit of ocean and a bit of border collie are included in the photo to forestall the 'no no please no more green' comments but the truth is, there is even more marveling at the seasonal change tk.

April 17, 2018

Someone turned 1 year old today

happy birthday daisy!

Happy birthday, wild puppy!

April 16, 2018

Same as it ever was

the drive to home depot

There's a limited amount of change to be made at this point of PCH, where the mountains crowd the coast and and leave just a slim spit of land for the road to pass through.

April 15, 2018

Birds of a feather

A hummingbird and blackbird sharing a tree as the shadows go long and evening edges in.

blackbird and hummingbird



blackbird and hummingbird share a tree

April 14, 2018

Signs of Saturday: Chill

'Bu plate special, the lifestyle edition:

mellow in the city

bu plate special

April 13, 2018

Still green

green for now

Just the blink of an eye, our season of green, and you never quite get used to it.

April 12, 2018

A minute with the birds and the creek in Solstice Canyon

a minute with the birds in solstice canyon

You can hear the water at this point of the trail but it's running low and slow and you can't quite see it.

April 11, 2018

It's Puppy Wednesday!

hey roomie

Yes, that's an empty dog bed next to Walt and Daisy and yes, had Walt chosen that one Daisy would have followed him there as well.

Sorry, Walt. There's no such thing as personal space when you're living with the wild puppy.

April 10, 2018

Private party

It's not really a secret trail because the entrance is right out there in the open. Still, hardly anyone wanders in and that's part of the magic. It's a narrow path through stands of fire-scarred trees (a bit more about that later this week) and if you're lucky, for minutes at a time you can hear birds and wildlife and the breeze through the leaves and not a single human-made sound.

solstice canyon secret trail

April 8, 2018

True confessions

The giant coreopsis bloom has begun along the coast but I haven't had the will yet to visit the Point Dume headlands because so many of the magnificent plants there are struggling from years of drought and really, it's just heartbreaking.

giant coreopsis bloom has begun

April 7, 2018

Signs of Saturday: ?


Usually with vanity plates you can at least get the gist. My brain goes to translation so it's 'and woof!'. Unless it's ET's dog.

April 2, 2018


a plane in the oak tree

crash landing


April 1, 2018

This has nothing to do with anything

sea grass and shadow

No particular reason for this post, I just like this photo from a few years ago. And since it's been too foggy lately to shoot the (sadly diminished this year) giant coreopsis bloom on Point Dume, here's a squiggle of sea grass shadow instead.

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