And so ends a relaxing month of poking around in the Here in Malibu archives. The start of school and the onset of September have already brought summer 2018 to its unofficial close, so here's the (wildfire-fueled) sunrise from last year on the day before the official start of fall.
Last sunrise of summer 2017, taken on September 22, 2017 in Paradise Cove.
When the spew of news gets to be too much, too fast, and too awful, an unfocused gaze at the horizon can offer escape.
Taken on October 25, 2015 in the hills above Zuma.
Taking a moment to pay tribute to the late, great Evinrude. One of a kind.
Taken on October 9, 2007 on the deck in Paradise Cove
I can't remember the last time we were fogged in like this, five or six years at least, with the marine layer so thick that you'd have to drive a few miles up into the mountains to get above it.
Taken on September 19, 2011 near Escondido Canyon.
Another rain photo because that's pretty much all I can think about lately, the promise of winter rain.
Shot on PCH on the way to Santa Monica on December 7, 2009.
With ocean water temps on the rise as well as the warmer days and nights, we in Malibu are grappling with a new phenomenon -- humidity. This morning the gauge reads 80 percent, and the clouded sky, panting dogs and sticky children all point to that being accurate. So let's turn the dial up to 100 percent and visit the past for some actual rain.
Shot in the hills above Paradise Cove on January 21, 2010.
To everyone who has seen this before and knew it was coming (yet) again, my apologies. But here's the little coyote family that lived next door to me several summers ago.
Taken in the hills above Zuma on June 21, 2015.
Sadly the meadow where this was taken no longer exists. Big house now. Glass. Big glass box.
Taken on Murphy's Way on June 1, 2008
Regular readers of this blog know we've been tracking iterations of the Malibu vanity plate for several years. Now, the family that has owned THE Malibu vanity plate has decided to auction it off. From The Malibu Times:
For those filled with Malibu pride, you now have the chance to channel that pride through your license plate. The Malibu Times received word that a California license plate with the word "Malibu" is up for grabs for a cool $85,000.
And that's just the starting bid.
For more information on the plate...
The rest of the info is at the Malibu Times web site.
Taken on July 9, 2017 in the Ralphs parking lot.
And look who decided that the clock just had to be wrong and therefor the sleeping human needed an extra nudge:
It's already heroic that May Rindge bested the fat cats of the Union Pacific Railroad by building her own full-gauge railroad along the Malibu coast, but the fact that it entailed the creation of this crazy trestle is even more amazing.
It spans the site of the current Paradise Cove restaurant and parking lot. And that mesa-like land mass to the right? It's now the upper level of the Cove mobile home park.
I'm very sad to report that this kitty has been painted over. There used to be five of them around town. We're down to one, which I'd better hurry up and photograph before the We Love Beige Paint committee has the final say.
It's been 12 years (several jobs, one layoff, and six houses) since that first Here in Malibu post?
Paradise Cove sunrise on on May 2, 2012.
And to celebrate, let's roll back the clock one year and remember the early days of the Walt and Daisy partnership, when they were still working out the kinks.
Shot in Casa de LOUD! on August 23, 2017
It was chilly that day and the wild parrots were uncharacteristically quiet and still. I love the feathers, fluffed for warmth.
Shot on December 14, 2015 on the Pepperdine lawn.
Let's forget it's Monday and go with something cool and carefree.
Shot on March 13, 2016, just off Zuma Beach.
I used to get so many questions about the location of this swing that I had to write a special addendum on the original post, explaining that the owners have since taken it down. But it sure was fun while it lasted.
Shot on February 12, 2013 somewhere near Paradise Cove.
I love hummingbirds in flight but even more I love when they're still. It just seems so improbable. Here's one yesterday, at the noisy corner of PCH and Malibu Canyon Road, grooming its feathers.
The video's pretty wobbly so fair warning there, but the hummingbird starts out so rumpled and winds up fairly impeccable, so it may be worth a few jolts and twitches. And if you look close, near the end, you can see his throat move as he sings that scritchy (yes, autocorrect, I do know that's not actually a word) little hummingbird song.
AND it's Puppy Wednesday! Here's a moment from (coughcough) a decade ago, shot in Chicago when dog met motorcyclist and dog had the last word.
Meanwhile, the blog will be on vacation this month. Not stopping altogether because that always turns out to be stressful somehow. Instead we'll reach into the photo archives for some favorites, maybe a few days a week, maybe more often. Honestly, just saying the word 'maybe' feels so relaxing.
omg, it's August.