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August 17, 2020

Legacy Park again

With Bluffs Park closed and the parking lot at Solstice Canyon a version of the Hunger Games, Walt goes for a lot of walks in Legacy Park these days.

summer in legacy park

August 15, 2020

Walt got a pair of...well, you'll see

walter got a pair of doggles!

The handsome border collie loves to stick his head out of the window when we're driving and after several different people talked up the idea of dog goggles -- yes, they're referred to as 'doggles', and yes, it's hard to bring yourself to say that out loud -- I finally ordered a pair.

Because he's incredibly polite, Walt sat still as we fiddled around and figured out the fit. And because it's also kind of absurd, he put up with a lot of laughing. BUT the joke turns out to be on the humans in his life. On our first drive he stuck his head out of the window and you could just see the light bulb go off. No dry eyes!

After that first trip, when the goggles came off, they were covered in grit and (dead bugs) goo. All in all, as with his raincoat, a very good investment. Also apparently entertaining to fellow drivers, who point and laugh and take his picture.

August 13, 2020

tbt: Morning light

the pier at sunrise

It's the closest we come to the aurora borealis this far south, at dawn instead after dark, in shades of pink instead of greens and blues, but still, pretty great.

Sunrise at the Malibu pier, taken on December 14, 2018.

August 12, 2020

Raptor redux

One of my favorite oaks with one of my favorite hawks:

noble profile

Having a sighting always feels like good luck.

August 11, 2020

We love a good origin story

that was then

It's not the first time this photo has appeared on the blog but I just love the Great American Road Trip beginnings of Paradise Cove. Mrs. Kissell used to let her friends park their travel trailers in the Cove for extended vacations. Eventually -- and who didn't see this coming -- they just stayed.

August 10, 2020

Happy blogoversary!

dancers at Castle Rock in the 1920s

Today marks 14 (yikes!) years of a love letter to Malibu. Let's celebrate with some interpretive dance!

August 8, 2020

Expanding the definition of facial covering

no one came within six feet

This was in our local Ralphs the other day. He had no problems with social distancing.

August 7, 2020

Sunflowers! Morning glories!

To clear our heads from yesterday's unsettling imagery, a bulletin from the planter box on the front porch, where sunflowers and morning glories remind us of the tender side of summer.

sunflowers and morning glories

August 6, 2020

The rattlesnake eating a rat

This is so very weird and unsettling that I'm going to tuck it down a page. You'll have to scroll.

rattlesnake dining on a rat

I warned you.

August 3, 2020

An A for effort

The top mark go to the seagull, not the human, who strolls past the trash (and the trashcan) without picking it up. Civic pride!

seagull goes shopping

enterprising seagull

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