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October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween!

Princess and Coco, the pups lucky enough to have been adopted by Agoura Hills dog walker and dog sitter extraordinaire, Tiffany Woodring, also wish you a happy Puppy Wednesday.

Princess and Coco celebrate

This shot of Princess just slays me.

Princess says Happy Halloween

Photos by Tiffany Woodring

October 29, 2018

It's National Cat Day!

And here in Malibu, we celebrate with some very special felines:

mountain lion

kitty grafitto

here kitty kitty


October 26, 2018

Golden hour in Solstice Canyon

It's possible I'll get over the magic of oaks and sycamores backlit by sunlight, but not today.

sycamore canyon, glowing

October 25, 2018

Kinda sorta

morning fog and sun

This morning's marine layer hovered above, adequate to to mute the sun but not quite robust enough for a true foggy morning.

October 24, 2018


Yes the temps are in the 80s these days and yes, that's typical for October.

sycamores say it's fall

October 23, 2018

Double vision

I didn't even realize, until uploading the images, that there were two hawks in the great old oak.

and then there were two

October 22, 2018

Big Pink is back!

For years the big silk floss tree struggled in the empty lot but this spring, probably due to two decent rain years in a row, it's once again in full, glorious, and extremely pink bloom.

there it is...

the big pink tree

best bloom in several years

silk floss

Here's hoping that whichever developer wins the right to build here (and add to our torrent of traffic) has the good sense to incorporate this beautiful survivor into the landscape.

October 21, 2018

Did I mention that Walt got a haircut?

walt got a haircut

Just in time for our typical October heat wave. (Which weathercasters never seem to remember and so always act so shocked that ohno! It's so hot for October!)

He looks pretty spiffy.

October 20, 2018

Signs of Saturday: Book nook

We're in serious pie-baking mode around here, which means weekly trips to the Santa Monica Farmers Market for See Canyon apples, the best (imho) apples around. And since the Market is on Wednesdays and Saturdays, when Daisy runs her friends ragged at the local doggie day care, the market visits have expanded to include a side trip to Venice. The stated mission is to see friends, which is always fun, but the truth is that it's also for Walt, who loooooooooves Venice. The streets, the scents, the other dogs, the many people who stop to give the handsome border collie a pat and a compliment, he's in his element.

The whole point of this being that among the various signs and statues and paintings and other quirks that turn Venice into a vast art installation is this little lending library, tucked into a wooden fence. With, of course, considering the venue, a pinch of politics and a dash of mysticism.

book nook in a venice fence

October 19, 2018

Here comes the wind again

hot again. so hot.

It started last night, a spike in the temperature, a shifting in the leaves, a nocturnal creature outside suddenly restless. The ocean's that weird deep blue again and though the real winds have yet to reach us everything here, the light, the shadows, the heat, all say wait, wait and listen, it's just a matter of time.

October 18, 2018

tbt: She's no fool

Miss Patsy

The late, great Miss Patsy, electing to stay in bed on April Fool's day.

Throwback Thursday: Shot on April 1, 2012.

October 17, 2018

It's Puppy Wednesday!

oh Daisy

The baby Labrador wasn't quite ready for the day to begin.

October 16, 2018

Wind blown

Whenever the winds kick up, the ocean here goes dark, dark blue.

santa ana winds today

October 15, 2018

Light show

october light

Soon after the equinox and for several weeks after the solstice, the sun swings low across the front of Casa de LOUD! and takes over a corner of the living room.

October 14, 2018

Well that was unexpected

last remnants of the storm clouds

A crazy big thunderstorm followed by a night of light rain, then clouds, and then sun again.

October 13, 2018

Signs of Saturday: See Canyon

they have best apples

It's apple pie season.

October 11, 2018

tbt: Mount Wilson

Mount Wilson Observatory

The 60-inch Mount Wilson telescope turns 110 this year.

Oh how the world has changed.

Throwback Thursday: Mount Wilson Observatory
Aerial shot on April 6, 2007

October 10, 2018

It's Puppy Wednesday!

And here's Walt, patiently waiiiiiiiiiiting for a certain someone to finish the damned crossword and notice the very (very) good dog.

sleepy border collie

October 9, 2018


Did I mention that we've had a bunch of random rainbows lately?

random rainbow

October 8, 2018

Morning blues

sunday silence

Easing into Monday with something beautiful.

October 7, 2018

Balance point

red sky at night

That brief moment at dusk when neither the natural light nor the man-made ones are winning.

October 6, 2018

Signs of Saturday: Bu plate special

wide load

Yes, ZUMAMA holds its own in the Malibu vanity plate genre but really, all I can see is that dog.

October 5, 2018

The lone oak, still standing

the lone oak

You maybe can't tell from the photo but this year, the lone oak put out tons of leaves and had a very healthy-looking summer. Can't wait for the rains that will add to its life span.

October 4, 2018

tbt: The gleaners

parrots in the garden

parrots in the garden

wild parrots

One of the best parts of growing sunflowers up at the barn was that it drew the wild parrots.

Throwback Thursday: The garden up at the barn in 2009 and 2011

October 3, 2018

A change in the weather

It rained here last night, actually rained. The clouds rolled in, the ground got soaked, and it was a good thing the courtyard dining table was covered before the first drops fell. In theory more rain is on the way, but maybe not here at the coast. So meanwhile we'll enjoy the changes in the sunset skies.

sunset sky with rain on the way

October 2, 2018


A letter from the IRS with details about my super-secret PIN number and how important it is to safeguard it just arrived. Unsealed.

please try sealing the envelope

October 1, 2018

Hello, October

More and more, as the earth spins away from the sun, the oaks here and the light here feel like a cathedral.

cathedral light

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