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February 29, 2020

The getaway

sunset flight

February 28, 2020

Whale pod + shutter lag = almost a photo

I couldn't believe what I was seeing, a gray whale breaching so close to shore you could have heard the splash. Between your faithful photog's reluctance to look away, and the shutter lag of the little point-and-shoot, the best record I have is a shot of a subsiding wake, and a glimpse of a large back. Oh, and in the distance, the blow from what looked like a whale calf.

the wake from a gray whale

just the top of a gray whale's back

baby whale passing by

February 27, 2020

tbt: We used to get a lot of rain

We're at about 10 percent of expected rainfall for January and February this year.

tbt: view from Point Dume 2.16.09

Throwback Thursday: The view from the Point Dume headlands on February 16, 2009.

February 26, 2020

It's Puppy Wednesday!

Here's handsome Walt, patiently waiting for his humans at the Paramount Ranch, one of his favorite places in the universe.

handsome order collie

February 25, 2020

The garden is waking up

Leaning into the bright side of the color wheel in the courtyard this year.

spring is on the way

garden colors

February 24, 2020

Blue Monday

(very) blue Monday

Very, very blue.

February 23, 2020

It rained a little bit yesterday

A lot more clouds than rain, but at least it was beautiful.

it almost kinda rained

stormy in the mountains

February 22, 2020

That was then: Vintage luggage tags

from a gentler age

An amenity that deserves a comeback.

February 20, 2020

tbt: Red sky at morning

wednesday morning pink

Paradise Cove sunrise.

Throwback Thursday: Shot on December 9, 2015

February 19, 2020

It's Puppy Wednesday!

Walt turns 7 (!) at the end of the month and it's making his puppy pictures all the more poignant. Seriously, what's the deal with the short amount of time that we get to spend with our dear, sweet pets?

baby walt

February 18, 2020

Bee happy

In the absence of new photos worth sharing, here's a few seconds with a bumblebee.

a few seconds with a bumblebee

February 17, 2020

Morning deer

A few families of deer use the surprisingly busy wildlife trail above Casa de LOUD! and occasionally, they take a moment to check in on the humans below.

morning deer

passing through

February 16, 2020

New hawk

Well, maybe not a new hawk, but a new spot to be seeing hawks. Lots of field mice around though, so it makes sense.


hidden hawk

February 15, 2020

That was then: More about the Red Cars

Red Car map

let's be tourists

the Red Cars of Los Angeles

We went to Bluffs Park and...

We went to Bluffs Park and this handsome coyote tried to join our morning walk. (Spoiler alert -- we left.)

hello, coyote

the visitor follows us

February 13, 2020

tbt: Sail away

A friend of ours is a lifelong sailor and every time I hear about his most recent voyage, my wanderlust stirs.

morning sailboat

Throwback Thursday: Sailboat anchored off Paradise Cove on Oct. 23, 2012.

February 12, 2020

It's Puppy Wednesday!

face time

It's always Puppy Wednesday for Walt and the 9-year-old.

February 11, 2020

Big wind

44 seconds of leaning into the wind

February 10, 2020

Morning colors

winter landscape

All that was left of the rainstorm from yesterday was that little clamshell of a cloud. We are in drought territory again, and it's alarming.

February 9, 2020

It rained today!

For a few minutes!

rain in santa monica canyon

cloudburst in the canyon

February 8, 2020

That was then: the Red Cars

Vintage Red Cars map

"See Southern California by Trolley".

February 7, 2020

The sentinel

hummingbird at rest

This little guy has staked out his territory and in the spirit of hummingbird everywhere, defends it with ferocity.

February 6, 2020

tbt: Morning light

tbt Paradise Cove Jan 14 2013

Throwback Thursday: Paradise Cove on Jan. 14, 2013, at 6:52 am.

February 5, 2020

It's Puppy Wednesday!

A step back in time with Jake and puppy Maisie. This was their first day together, the start of an instant and lifelong bond. In fact, it was Maisie's endless grief after Jake's passing that brought us to Walt. I had heard about animals mourning but had never seen it first-hand. So in came a four-month-old border collie and at first, being annoyed with him gave Maisie a new lease on life. He adored her and her heart eventually softened, but Jake was always her true love.

Puppy Maisie and her beloved Jake

Shot on Feb. 22, 2006 in our backyard in Paradise Cove

February 4, 2020

Windy and cold today

Day Two of low temps and high winds, gusty enough to keep the birds grounded and turn the Pacific a specific shade of blue.

windy winter blue

February 3, 2020

Hawk's nest

Among the many losses of the fires in 2018 was the hawk's nest near Mulholland Highway. First the nest was gone, tinder in the face of those flames, then a week later the tree collapsed. Now we've found another nest in another part of the Santa Monica mountains, the same stern structure, and with a hawk nearby, maybe planning for the future.

hawk's nest

hawk watching her nest

hawk near her nest

February 2, 2020

Where did all the rain go?


It's been weeks and weeks since we've had a drop of rain, and not a hint of a storm in the forecast.

February 1, 2020

Signs of Saturday: Howdy's!

After years of self-imposed exile, Howdy's taqueria is back. (Soon.)

Howdy's is back!

That was then: Gillespie's Guide to Los Angeles

The 1924 edition. And I quote, "With this guide, YOU WILL KNOW Los Angeles."

Oh if only.

1924 street guide to Los Angeles

"always up-to-date"

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