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June 30, 2018

Signs of Saturday: The out-of-towners

bu plate special

Bu plate special, Idaho edition.

June 29, 2018


june colors as the dry season comes

I miss summer rain.

June 28, 2018

Bird bath

bathing parrot

I'd only ever seen the wild parrots of Solstice Canyon in the sky or in the treetops so when this one floated down to the creek, I watched for a good long time and was late to the (blurry, I know) shot. Before vanishing behind that rock, he drank and bathed and fluttered and played in the water. It was amazing.

June 27, 2018

Gone fishing

egret on alert

Egret patiently waiting for an afternoon snack to swim by in Legacy Park.

June 26, 2018

Still June, still gloom

At least in the morning, anyway. As we edge ever closer to the first heat waves of summer (I'm looking at you here, July. And please, let's not even think about August or September) the morning marine layers become ever more fleeting.

june gloom, thank goodness

June 25, 2018

Tender greens

Yes, green leaves and filtered sunlight. Again. (And, fair warning, not for the last time, either.)

summer is coming

June 24, 2018

Oh deer

Here's Miss Daisy, seeing her very first deer. A small herd of them, actually, on one of our favorite trails. She couldn't believe it, froze, inhaled their scent, and thank goodness she was on a leash because with every fiber of her Labrador being (seriously, look at that face) she just wanted to run with her new friends.

Daisy sees her first deer

June 23, 2018

Signs of Saturday: Solve for X

x + why =X

Mathematician? Drug counselor? Minecraft prodigy?

June 22, 2018

No, this wasn't today but...

afternoon light in Paradise Cove

Let's take a break from the early-morning start-of-summer marine layer situation and spend a moment in Paradise Cove, where the afternoon light not that long ago was kind of magical.

June 21, 2018

It's the first day of summer today

first day of summer

I wanted to shoot the solstice sunrise this morning but we're deep into June Gloom so instead, here's how it looked two years ago. Since it's Throwback Thursday, I don't feel (too) guilty about recycling the shot.

June 20, 2018

It's Puppy Wednesday!

And look who just got his summer (tomorrow's the solstice) cut!

a summer cut for Walt

June 18, 2018

Bright and shining Monday

it's so beautiful here today!

It's so pretty here today, the sky and sea so blue, with a fresh and briny breeze, it's practically a California cliche.

June 17, 2018

Hang ten one


One duck butt, that is.

June 16, 2018

Signs of Saturday: Wishful thinking?

I shot the plate because I thought it said 'dog'. Now I think maybe it's just oog?

oog? dog?

Ever the optimist, I choose dog.

June 14, 2018

June gloom, now a fragile visitor

People complain about the cloudy coast this time of year and I just have to shrug. I want a healthy marine layer, stubborn and robust. It's practically a character in Raymond Chandler novels, reaching from the beaches to downtown streets. But to my eye, it's been fading over the years, and in Southern California, less moisture is never good news.

So far June has had more sunny than cloudy days, and the marine layer that does form is pretty flimsy. Right now it's burning off, sun shining through, humidity dropping, temperatures headed up.

june gloom

June 13, 2018

It's Puppy Wednesday!

puppy love

Shot in the side view mirror so neither participant of this daily love fest got self-conscious in front of the camera.

June 12, 2018


The ponds at Pepperdine are, sadly, not kind to duck families. I'm not sure who the predators are but successive flotillas of brand new ducklings get reduced to two or three hardy survivors, sometimes practically overnight.

Here are two of them, paddling close to mom and leaving teeny tiny wakes behind their teeny tiny duckling derrieres.


duckling wake

June 11, 2018

Not much gloom in June

The morning marine layer kept faith with us all May, but June has been a different story. Just like last year, the mornings are bright and the afternoons are already warming. The summer colors are here, a few weeks early.

summer colors

June 9, 2018

Signs of Saturday: HEY BU!

My very favorite Bu plate yet.

bu plate extra-special

June 6, 2018

It's Puppy Wednesday!

happy (out of focus) Walt

I know it's out of focus but this is the essence of Walt.

June 5, 2018

Home base

Though the trio of young hawks have left the nest, they haven't gone too far. At least not yet. I got a few seconds (it was hard to keep him in the frame) of one of them hunting near the nest, and one shot where it looks like a few wing feathers are either missing or askew.

young hawk hunts near the nest

young hawk in flight

June 4, 2018

Morning hawk

morning hawk

Beautiful hawk in Bluffs Park this weekend, still fluffed against the morning chill.

June 3, 2018

Empty nest?

empty nest?

No signs of activity the last few times I drove by.

June 2, 2018

Signs of Saturday: Bu plate special


Between the summer traffic and the most recent political antics, it's hard to argue with this one.

June 1, 2018

morning light

Twenty-two (!) years of living in Malibu and I'm still undone by the fact that this is our morning walk.

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