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January 31, 2019

tbt: Los Angeles in 1873

Los Angeles in 1873

Throwback Thursday: Vintage postcard of the City of Angels in 1873. That's Spring Street down the middle, along with Main Street and something called 'Fort Street'. And yes, a bit of Marie Kondo-ing has been taking place around here.

January 30, 2019

It's Puppy Wednesday!

Daisy says to hell with it all and hits the snooze button.

Daisy sleeps in

January 29, 2019

Moody blues

the Pacific is in a mood today

As we flirt with a chance-of-rain weather system that may be headed our way, the ocean here moves into winter mode.

January 28, 2019

Pier and sky

malibu pier on monday

Remnants of today's 'red sky at morning' sunrise.

January 27, 2019

Mid-winter nasturtiums

color therapy

Like a campfire in a vase. (Well, a jelly jar.)

January 26, 2019

Days of yore

spanish kitchen and LA pie company

LA Pie Co. and Original Spanish Kitchen, long gone.

January 25, 2019


pacific sparkle

Sun and wind and the Pacific so bright you have to squint.

January 24, 2019

tbt Pacific Coast Highway

In 1902, when you could only reach Santa Monica during a low tide:

PCH in Malibu in 1902

And a few years later:

PCH in Malibu

January 23, 2019

It's Puppy Wednesday!

apparently it's 5 pm somewhere

Finally, a chance to use this photo of Daisy trying to control her human with her mind. (Food food food walk walk food food coyotes head scratch.)

January 22, 2019

The hunter

hawk rests

Post-fire even the most developed neighborhoods in Malibu have seen an influx of wild animals, including raptors.

January 21, 2019

Why I oughta...

angry goose

A duck got too close and the goose quickly made his feelings clear.

January 20, 2019

Gone fishing

The post-rain ponds are full and the shore birds are back, fishing and sunbathing and keeping a wary eye out for photogs.

egret takes a sunbath

January 19, 2019

Bu plate special

malibugal x 2

As the license plate (and the frame) say, she's a Malibu gal.

January 18, 2019

Winter horizon

winter sunset colors

January 17, 2019

The colors here these days

Relief from stormy grey-on-grey comes only at night, light fractured by mist and rain, a shattered and grudging rainbow.

rain at dusk

January 16, 2019

It's Puppy Wednesday!


Walt takes his work as a coyote spotter very seriously.

January 15, 2019

Malibu winter

No snow-covered mountains for us here at the coast. Instead, it's freshly-trimmed palm trees backed by a scrim of storm clouds.

after the rain

January 14, 2019

Good morning from rainy Malibu

malibu pier on a rainy monday

January 13, 2019

The Point Dume headlands post-rain

point dume post-rain

No parking when we arrived so no chance to check out the progress of the giant coreopsis, which will bloom sometime in February. The clouds and colors on the horizon, however, were spectacular.

January 12, 2019

Signs of Saturday: Fog bank

fog bank on kanan road

Everything about this latest round of rain, from the predicted procession of chilly storms to the fog bank obscuring the mountain passes is, for the first time in several years, old-school Southern California winter.

January 11, 2019

The gathering

the crows

Crows roosting at dusk in Bluffs Park during a break in the rain.

January 10, 2019

The light here this afternoon

entering the green season

Something about the shapes of the clouds and the tilt of the sunlight and today felt like a walk through a painting.

January 9, 2019

It's Puppy Wednesday!

And Daisy wants you to know that post-Christmas groceries are not the least bit (no bacon) interesting.

loading groceries and she realizes there is no bacon

January 6, 2019

After the rain

Everything everywhere, including color, goes quiet after the rain.

storm passes through

January 5, 2019

Thank you, living tree

With rain on the way it's easy to decide that it's time to un-decorate the tree, which for weeks has majestically supported scores of ornaments and hundreds of incandescent (sorry, LEDs, but your colors are not quite right) lights. The removing is always faster than the placing and just as the storm arrived, the tree returned to its spot outside, soon sparkling again, but this time with winter rain.

and the season ends

It was beautiful while it lasted and we look forward to the Monterey pine's next indoor visit, just 11 months from now.

the last days of the christmas tree

see you next year, living christmas tree

merry and bright

January 4, 2019

New year's light

Not quite willing yet to let go of the glow and colors of the solstice season.

new year's light

January 3, 2019

A very big 'if'

the santa monica mountains are naked in Malibu's burn areas

Yes, many of the burn areas here are turning green again but so far it's due to the return of non-native grasses. Whether the oaks and sage and sycamores, the vervain and penstemon and blue-eyed grass, the cacti and clovers and phlox and wild roses and hundreds of other California natives can recover from a wildfire that burned so hot it literally denuded the mountains, burned them to a degree that has shocked virtually everyone, remains to be seen.

January 2, 2019

It's Puppy Wednesday!

And here at Casa de LOUD! we're celebrating with a vintage video of baby Walt.

it's Walt!

January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!

In addition to the freshest calendar page of the year, today brought a pod of whales (you can seethe tiny white puffs of their exhales) on the horizon. We strolled with them along the bluff, watched until they vanished south.

way far away, we saw whales today

pod of whales on new years day in malibu

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