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October 31, 2019

Fright night


Their dad did the carving, but the 7- and the 9-year-old boys did the designing. (And the micromanaging.)

October 30, 2019

It's Puppy Wednesday!

baby walt

To celebrate my favorite day of the week, let's go back to a time before California (and our democracy) were in flames and Walt was still a puppy. Awww.

October 29, 2019

Santa Ana blues

the Pacific, Santa Ana blue

On Santa Ana days the ocean here turns a velvety denim blue.

October 28, 2019

Watch and wait

spring green is now fuel load

Each year it used to be "if the fire comes", and now it's becoming "when".

October 27, 2019

The hanging gardens of PCH

hanging gardens on pch

the hanging gardens of pch

Not sure when or why the foundation of this former house on PCH got turned into a garden, but I love the mix of defiance and whimsy.

October 26, 2019

'Bu plate special, Silver State edition


When your car registration says Nevada, but your heart still says Malibu.

October 25, 2019

It's never really over

the wildfires are never over

Even if the canopies eventually recover, the trunks of the oaks in the mountains here tell their fire stories for as long as they live.

October 24, 2019

Santa Ana light

santana light

Just before the winds come, the light here gets freakishly bright and clear.

October 23, 2019

It's Puppy Wednesday!

As long as there's a dog in the car, the rearview mirror is never empty.

maisie in the rear view mirror

rear view

backseat drivers

October 21, 2019

Cycle of the seasons

autumn colors in malibu

The colors -- and perils -- of the autumn landscape here. Every blade of (invasive) grass that turned the mountains green last spring has since turned gold, and into tinder.

October 18, 2019

Early-morning hieroglyphics

early bird

Sand and shadows and seagull prints, each with a story to tell.

October 17, 2019

tbt: Santa Anas and morning light

tbt: oct 19, 2006

There's the '49 Plymouth, still sorely missed.

Throwback Thursday: On Murphy's Way, Oct. 19, 2006.

October 16, 2019

It's Puppy Wednesday!

best friends

For a good portion of so many walks, the main sight is puppy butts.

October 15, 2019

The new normal

Hard to say what's more dismaying -- how bare the Santa Monica mountains still are nearly a year after the fires, or how few people even realize it.

Actually, the latter.

the post-fire mountains are so bare

A view on Cornell Road near Mulholland Highway.

October 14, 2019

A hawk in the oak

california oak and hawk

hawk in the canyon

October 12, 2019

35 seconds of the creek in Solstice Canyon

35 seconds of Solstice Canyon creek

Just the sound of water running. (And one quick parrot call.)

October 11, 2019

The view from here this morning

smoke from the Saddleridge Fire reaches Malibu

We have moderate gusting winds, tons of smoke, and at this time, no local fire. Everyone's on edge, needless to say, and praying for the safety of the first responders and residents of the fire zone.

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