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March 31, 2020

The beaches here are (mostly) empty

malibu pier and surfrider beach, empty

Surfrider Beach and the Malibu pier, deserted.

March 30, 2020

Off the grid

a hidden fire road

With all of the parks and beaches closed down (but still filled with out-of-towners who outpace the LA County Sheriffs' enforcement efforts) we've been heading up into the more remote fire roads we know, the only places left to safely walk the dogs.

March 28, 2020

Signs of Saturday: Campaign 2020

Campaign 2020

A friend sent this photo a few days ago and you can either laugh or cry. Or both.

March 27, 2020

A bit of green, a bit of burn

The post-rain green season is hitting its peak and the dogs are lucky enough not to notice all of the missing oaks and the ailing oaks and the strange new outline of the Santa Monica mountains, still unsettling nearly two-and-a-half years post-fire.

fire damage lingers

happy dogs

it's green season in the santa monica mountains

March 26, 2020

The view from here yesterday

malibu on wednesday morning

The last of the clouds moved through yesterday. Weather reports all point to warmer days on the way and right now, here at Casa de (not-so) LOUD! it's blue skies in all directions.

March 25, 2020

It's Puppy Wednesday!

patiently waiting

Honestly? The exclamation point seems inappropriate right now. But also, thank goodness for a world with dogs in it.

March 24, 2020

Storm clouds

cloudburst over the pacific

A little bit of rain here today, but most of it out over the Pacific.

March 23, 2020

The latest batch of storms has moved on

rain rolls out

Clouds and sun and wind and cold but no rain.

March 22, 2020

Scrub jay takes a sunbath

scrub jay in bluffs park

This was in Bluffs Park the other day. We've seen him before and I think he's staking out his territory for the spring mating season.

March 21, 2020

Running water

This was during the surprise storm last week, but 60 seconds of Solstice Creek in the rain is very soothing right about now.

60 seconds of Solstice Creek in the rain

March 20, 2020

For no particular reason

Here's the sunrise in Paradise Cove on May 2, 2012.

paradise cove sunrise 5.11 am

March 19, 2020

It's the first day of spring

Bluffs Park on the first day of spring

Here's Bluffs Park this afternoon in between rain showers. We were the only ones there.

March 17, 2020

So, it's been more than a week

Paramount Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains

Some blue sky between the storms.

March 9, 2020

The giant coreopsis are really struggling

The Point Dume headlands used to turn gold in February, the thousands of giant coreopsis plants a blaze of blooms. Then came a decade of drought-fueled attrition with fewer and fewer flowers each year. Despite decent rainfall last winter, it seems the damage is done. A sparse bloom this year, the living plants saving their energy, the dead ones an elegy to times past.

giant coreopsis struggles this year

giant coreopsis flowers

so many more dead plants this year

March 8, 2020

Clouds roll through

I went to the Point Dume headlands last week and the giant coreopsis bloom was so spotty, it really threw me. So I put away the camera and let the blog go dark for a few days because sometimes, between climate change and development and wildfire damage, you just need a moment to catch your breath.

I've got some shots of the giant coreopsis that I'll post tomorrow. Meanwhile, here's the view from Mulholland Highway yesterday, the remnants of a storm that passed us by.

the view from Mulholland Highway

March 2, 2020

Baby blues

morning at bluffs park

March 1, 2020

It sort of rained here a little bit today

A lot of sky drama but not too much rain. This winter's rainy season, which had such a promising start, has taken a sharp into alarming.

a few clouds and almost no rain

storm brushes by

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