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April 30, 2020

The sun wins over the marine layer

the marine layer lifts

We've entered the annual May Gray portion of the weather year in Malibu which, considering the new summer normal of coastal heatwaves and high humidity, I have come to cherish. Here's the moment this afternoon when the marine layer lifted and the mountain colors came to life.

April 29, 2020

It's Puppy Wednesday!

baby walt

Baby Walt in 2013, still deciding if this whole adoption thing is going to work out OK. (Spoiler alert -- it did.)

April 28, 2020

This wildflower deserves a better name

There's a stunning field of wildflowers on one of our mountain walks, thousands of tiny blue stars with occasional bursts of purple. Blue-eyed grass is the poetic name of the pale blue flowers, but the purple ones, their colors so deep and velvety, got stuck with 'hairy vetch'. Go figure.

wildflowers are blooming in the mountains

hairy vetch in the blue-eyed grass

who named this plant? not a poet.

April 27, 2020

The hawks fly recon

a minute with the hawks

These are the hawk parents whose nest I'm now obsessed with interested in and yesterday they were doing a bit of soaring and hunting.

April 26, 2020

Spanish lavender

spanish lavender in bloom

The bees and hummingbirds have been arguing over the Spanish lavender, which is having a beautiful post-rain bloom.

April 25, 2020

Take me with you

take me with you

A sailboat went by the other day and to see something so normal, well, I was undone.

April 24, 2020

Voila! The violas!

happy violas in the garden

Not much growing space here at Casa de LOUD! so the everything is in pots, including a few dozen annuals saying thank you for all of that (let's face it, it was really weird) April rain.

April 23, 2020

tbt: Remember when

the beach today

Westward Beach on September 19, 2010.

April 22, 2020

The hawks again

hawk parents bring home a mouse

I wonder when the chicks will become visible.

April 21, 2020

A hawk family grows

It was great to spot the hawk's nest yesterday:

hawk's nest in the santa monica mountains

Just as I wondered if it was in use, a pair of hawks swooped in:

hawks nest

hawk parents bring a mouse

Look closer and you'll see one of them is carrying a mouse lunch.

a mouse for the hawk chicks

April 19, 2020

Blue-eyed grass

The wildflowers are blooming in the Santa Monica mountains.

blue-eyed grass

April 18, 2020

For no particular reason

cove surfers


Paradise Cove on June 16, 2016.

Sierra Creek is running strong

sierra creek after the rain

April 17, 2020

Happy birthday to Daisy

the tiny Labrador turns 3

Three years old and still a puppy. (She's such a good sport to put up with this.)

April 16, 2020

At Westward Beach yesterday

westward beach in malibu

Taken from the car on a visit just to see the blue-on-blue horizon.

April 15, 2020

It's Puppy Wednesday!

walt splits the difference between indoors and out

The kitchen doorway is now Walt's favorite spot when someone's cooking. This, I think, was the moment a few tablespoons of New Mexico pasilla negro went into the pot of chile and Walt, a purist when it comes to beef, was skeptical.

April 14, 2020

The garden is happy after the rain

garden cuttings

April 13, 2020

Breakfast guest

a deer drops in for breakfast

It's the ears that I find most fascinating, twin radar dishes at full alert on top of her head.

April 12, 2020

Happy Easter

happy easter

April 11, 2020

Bu plate special

'bu plate special

With so many out-of-towners insisting on using the closed trails and parks and beaches, it really is a zoo here this weekend.

April 10, 2020

A minute of birdsong in the burn area

birdsong in the burn area

Seeking respite from one disaster at the site of another.

April 9, 2020

tbt: Rainbow

tbt: rainbow slams into santa monica

No rainbows in the storms right now so here's one from 2009, a chunk of color dropping down on Santa Monica.

Throwback Thursday: The view from Paradise Cove on Dec. 7, 2009.

April 8, 2020

It's (wild) Puppy Wednesday!

Daisy goes a little crazy

She may be turning 3 in a few weeks but so far, with her big round head and wackadoodle energy, Daisy's puppy credentials remain firmly intact.

April 7, 2020

April showers??

spring rain in malibu

For most of the afternoon we had slow, sustained rain, the sound and light and scent and chill all mesmerizing.

April 6, 2020

A vista to soothe the soul

mulholland highway near malibu

In the Santa Monica Mountains on Sunday, before the rainstorm rolled through.

April 5, 2020

(Truck) bed and breakfast

on Malibu Road

Social distancing al fresco on Malibu Road.

April 4, 2020

Signs of Saturday: The Malibu Pier

Closed to the public, but undergoing repair. It felt good to get a quick peek through the now-shuttered doors.

malibu pier

closed and under repair

April 3, 2020

51 seconds of lapping waves (and a bit of traffic noise) at the Malibu Pier

a quiet morning at surfrider beach

The beach here yesterday. And yes, that's dust and fingerprints on the lens. Sigh.

April 2, 2020

tbt: Monarch in Ramirez Canyon


I've been reading that even a few weeks of worldwide quarantine have affected the natural world. One of the best stories so far is this piece in The Atlantic, with people in Rome realizing songbirds live in their midst, and seismologists marveling at the sudden silence that lets them sense minor earthquakes far across the globe.

Throwback Thursday, shot on Dec. 5, 2011.

April 1, 2020

It's Puppy Wednesday!

when the humans leave the bed

Here we have another 'foolish humans' edition of Puppy Wednesday, in which the humans leave the bed and the canines take over.

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