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August 31, 2018

Back to the future

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.

the last sunrise of summer

Last sunrise of summer 2017, taken on September 22, 2017 in Paradise Cove.

August 30, 2018

Off the (news) grid

pink and blue

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.

August 29, 2018

After the rain

after the rain

Taken on October 31 2014 above Zuma Beach

August 28, 2018

One of the greats


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

August 27, 2018

The marine layer doesn't really do this any more

monday sunrise

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.

August 26, 2018

Happy National Dog Day!


Shot in the Santa Monica Mountains on Feb. 20, 2014

August 25, 2018

Best day ever

vin scully and veronique

Shot in the broadcast booth at Dodger Stadium. I wish I could remember the date.

August 24, 2018

Passing clouds

point dume headlands

After the storm at the Point Dume headlands.

Shot on March 4, 2009

August 23, 2018

Giant chunk of rainbow

Another rain photo because that's pretty much all I can think about lately, the promise of winter rain.

rainbow falls into the sea

Shot on PCH on the way to Santa Monica on December 7, 2009.

August 22, 2018

Fingers crossed

What February used to look like:

looking east from point dume

Looking east from Point Dume, shot on Feb. 16, 2009.

August 21, 2018

Weird humid summer

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.

more rain

Shot in the hills above Paradise Cove on January 21, 2010.

August 20, 2018

It was just a matter of time, right?

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.

coyote family on the hillside

Taken in the hills above Zuma on June 21, 2015.

August 19, 2018

The dry season

snail in the grasses

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

August 18, 2018

Signs of Saturday: Time passing

I can't believe this was five years ago.

tierra amarilla

In Tierra Amarilla, NM, taken on August 14, 2013

August 17, 2018

Morning beach

Paradise Cove sunrise 22 march 2011

Paradise Cove on March 22, 2011.

August 16, 2018

'Bu plate extra-special

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.

bu plate zero

Taken on July 9, 2017 in the Ralphs parking lot.

August 15, 2018

It's Puppy Wednesday!

And look who decided that the clock just had to be wrong and therefor the sleeping human needed an extra nudge:

wake up you foolish human

August 14, 2018

Hummingbird takes a break

hummingbird and yucca

Bluffs Park on November 25, 2007

August 13, 2018

Let's step back in time

Old Rindge Railroad Trestle

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.

August 12, 2018

High tide

high tide

Paradise Cove on March 3, 2008

August 11, 2018

Signs of Saturday: The vanishing

kitty grafitto

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.

August 10, 2018


It's been 12 years (several jobs, one layoff, and six houses) since that first Here in Malibu post?

Oh my.

paradise cove 5.12.2012

Paradise Cove sunrise on on May 2, 2012.

August 9, 2018

Let's skip a few days and pretend it's the weekend

beach life

Westward Beach on September 19, 2010

August 8, 2018

It's Puppy Wednesday!

poor walter

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

August 7, 2018

Take five

chilly ball of feathers

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.

August 6, 2018

Full sail

malibu sunday sailing

Let's forget it's Monday and go with something cool and carefree.

Shot on March 13, 2016, just off Zuma Beach.

August 5, 2018

Full swing

beach swing

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.

August 4, 2018

Signs of Saturday: RSVP

sandy invite

Shot on February 8, 2009 at the Point Dume beach steps.

August 3, 2018

Getting ready for work

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.

hummingbird grooming

August 2, 2018



Paradise Cove on Nov. 2, 2014, not another person, or even a (human) footprint, in sight.

August 1, 2018

omg it's August??

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.

tbt: June 28, 2008 in Chicago

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.

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