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July 31, 2018


santa monica mountains in malibu

Something happens to the light around here in summer as the sun dips down just so and the Santa Monica Mountains have a moment.

July 30, 2018

Hanging in there

the last of the wildflowers

The very last of the wildflowers.

July 29, 2018

Basic math


The geometry of the Pepperdine lawn.

July 28, 2018

Signs of Saturday: Platonic Plutonic ideal


July 27, 2018

Did I already post this?

I'm not sure so here it is (perhaps) again, clouds and the Malibu coast.

afternoon light in Paradise Cove

July 26, 2018

tbt: Betty Crocker

OK, so this pineapple upside down cake wasn't actually made with a Betty Crocker mix, but the era sure seems right. There's a splash of bourbon in the batter, and cardamom as well, so it's taken a bit of a detour. Now the challenge is to keep the thing intact, free from predators of the two-and four-footed variety, for another eight hours.

Wish me luck.

pineapple upside down cake

July 25, 2018

And then suddenly cool...

Today, just as the heat was gathering momentum, a fog bank rolled through, everything cooler, everything quenched, even the colors. Thank goodness it's Puppy Wednesday!

where did Walter go?

Here's Daisy, just about a year ago.

July 24, 2018



July 23, 2018



July 22, 2018


god bless you jonathan gold 1960 - 2018

July 21, 2018

Signs of Saturday: Bu plate special, zip code edition

the 90265

OK, official vanity plate envy here. Well done, fellow 90265-er.

July 20, 2018

I totally forgot about this one

It was the 4th of July and this group was walking back to their car with huge bouquets of balloons, red, white and blue, for a party, no doubt, and here's the moment when, as they looked into the back seat, reality sank in.

dilemma - a million ballons, one car

July 19, 2018

tbt: Zuma Sunset

Zuma beach on Dec. 1

Throwback Thursday: Zuma Beach shot on December 1, 2015

July 18, 2018

It's Puppy Wednesday, thank goodness

jake and maisie

Let's visit some puppies of the past, the sweet little Maisie and her magnificent partner, Jake.

July 17, 2018

Visual Valium

paradise cove summer evening

Lord knows we could all use something to calm our nerves right about now.

July 16, 2018

Coastal colors to help with the Monday of it all

summer morning bluffs park

Bluffs Park on a recent morning walk, where a sudden baby boom of bunnies makes you wonder where the coyotes are hanging out these days.

July 15, 2018

I miss the morning marine layer

fog rolls through

July 14, 2018

Signs of Saturday: Bu plate special

bu daze

A kindred spirit.

July 13, 2018

Trees and leaves and a breeze

solstice canyon breeze

One of the few spots on the coast with a breeze these days is Solstice Canyon so at the end of each weirdly hot and humid day the dogs and I head out there to see and feel and hear the sycamores telling tales.

July 12, 2018

tbt: Yes, it's him again

It's two years now since I left the little cottage and boy do I still miss it. Yes, Casa de LOUD! is spacious and gracious in that mid-'50s beach bungalow kind of way, and yes, it is nice to have room for (most) of my furniture and lots more art. Even so, I'd go back to being neighbors with this guy (I know, you've seen him before, maybe even more than once, but omg he's just magnificent) in a heartbeat.

the bobcat came back

Throwback Thursday: Bobcat shot on November 30, 2015 in the hills above Zuma

July 11, 2018

It's Puppy Wednesday!

Let's celebrate with five seconds of dogs going crazy in the forest.

thunder paws

July 10, 2018

California wild rose

California wild rose

They're blooming all over the mountains right now, tiny, tidy, so beautiful.

July 9, 2018

Tiny bird, big view

front row seat

This is Bluffs Park, the last remaining bit of untouched coastal bluffs that's open to the public in Malibu. The city wants to turn it into baseball diamonds.

July 8, 2018

Too hot to think

Or focus.


July 7, 2018

Signs of Saturday: Bu plate special

Malibu Lake edition.

bu lake

July 6, 2018

118 in Agoura Hills today

That's right, 118 at the library this afternoon where I was so sun struck, the only photo I could even think to take was of the thermometer.

And this is how it turned out.

so hot

July 5, 2018

tbt: I miss the coyotes

coyote sleeps


It's a lot easier to be sentimental behind a strong 12-foot fence.

tbt: behind the Malibu Park cottage, shot on November 1, 2015

July 4, 2018

Happy Puppy Wednes Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

Walter looks wistful? Check. Daisy looks goofy? Check. No one's in focus? Check and check again. Happy 4th of July!

July 3, 2018

Lean on me

oak trees help each other

Everywhere you look in Solstice Canyon, the 2003 wildfire that tore through the oak woodlands continues to leave its mark.

July 2, 2018

The foxglove is in bloom

Even when you know from experience what the green sprigs in the flimsy nursery six-pack will look like when they mature, the sheer drama and weirdness of the foxglove catches you (well, me) unawares every time.

beautiful but strange, right?


July 1, 2018

Mirror image

walter in the rear view

If the window's open and we're doing less than 50, you can count on seeing this face in the side-view mirror.

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