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October 31, 2020

Signs of Saturday: Trick or Treat

trick or treat

Courtesy of the kids here, Walt got a trick and a treat. Such a good guy.

Meanwhile, in a neighborhood not that far away:

Halloween in LA

October 30, 2020

Moody blues, coastal edition

the coast is in a mood today

I love when the coast goes all silver like this, a sneak peek of the winter to come.

October 29, 2020

tbt: Sky life

tbt: Paradise Cove sunrise

Throwback Thursday: The sunrise in Paradise Cove on July 17, 2012.

October 28, 2020

It's Puppy Wednesday!

Let's take a moment and admire Walter, windswept in the gale force winds.

walt's ears flapping in the gale

windswept walt

October 27, 2020

The task at hand

time for dinner

There's water in the Legacy Park pond again and egrets on the hunt for dinner (and humans in need of something beautiful) are grateful.

October 26, 2020

The crazy big winds here today

the crazy big winds here today

Malibu Canyon was a stark dividing line when it came to the winds today. To the north, you could barely keep your feet. To the south, barely a breeze. (It's a video, slow to load, so you have to wait a bit.)

October 25, 2020

Moody blues

moody morning at Paramount Ranch

clouds over Paramount Ranch

Join us on a walk through the Paramount Ranch, where the clouds reminded us that one of these days, the rains will return.

October 24, 2020

Bu plate special: life is good

Bu plate special

Just as I'm sure we've run out of "I am Malibu" license plates, a new one pops up.

October 23, 2020

A slight pause

There's a slight medical emergency here so while your faithful blogger is lost in the labyrinth of various unhelpful bureaucracies, please join this coyote in enjoying the sunset.

tbt: Coyote sunset

Shot from the little cottage in the hills above Zuma Beach on August 27, 2014. Honestly? Feels like yesterday.

October 22, 2020

tbt: The slow season

tbt: Zuma lifeguard tower

Autumn colors in Malibu.

Throwback Thursday: Lifeguard tower at Zuma Beach on Sept. 29, 2015

October 21, 2020

It's (literally) Puppy Wednesday!

After Daisy died last May, I tried to adopt an adult dog. I was looking for a senior, a female, and found four different dogs who could have been a good fit. A dog who would get along with Walt, who was good with kids, and who didn't have medical issues beyond my abilities. One was from the Ventura County shelter, but she got adopted a few days before the date of my telephone appointment to apply. And instead of letting me keep that telephone appointment to move forward with our second choice, the shelter just canceled it. Not at all helpful. So we then started looking at rescue groups, filled out applications, gave references, answered intrusive questions, and heard back one.

The whole point of this is that Daisy's mom gave birth to a litter last week and the owner has saved a puppy for me, a female black Lab. She turned one week old yesterday, and she's somewhere in the pile of puppies below. Right now they're fairly inert, just heat-seeking milk-guzzling lumps of fur. They don't even really look like puppies yet, and the kids here seesaw between ooh! and eww! when they look at the photos. The pups start opening their eyes in another week, then their ears unseal, and then it's all about the learning curve. It's unexpected to be getting Daisy's half-sister, a truly happy time, but also so bittersweet.

puppy mosh pit

Our new puppy is in here somewhere

October 20, 2020

I really miss having friends over to dinner

yes, that's a trampoline in the garden


(Also, yes, that's a tiny trampoline in the back courtyard. Stress relief.) (And occasional dog bed.)

October 19, 2020

Checking in again with the lone oak

the lone oak is a survivor

the lone oak hangs on

we're always rooting for the lone oak

Still here, thank goodness. I love this tree.

October 18, 2020

The fog moves through

fog rolls through Bluffs Park in Malibu

Hello, autumn.

October 17, 2020

Signs of Saturday: Door-to-door Cleaners

24-Hour Cleaners in Malibu

Fluff-and-fold, with a side of philosophy. A full-service establishment.

October 16, 2020

The dry season continues

the Legacy Park lagoon is going dry

The little water feature at Legacy Park has run dry, disappointing birds and visitors alike.

October 15, 2020

tbt: Nap time

tbt: napping at Pepperdine


Throwback Thursday: Hammock in the trees at Pepperdine, shot on November 22, 2015.

October 14, 2020

It's Puppy Wednesday!

kids at play

Walt and the 9-omg-no-he's-10-year-old beat the heat.

October 13, 2020

Sacre bleu!

Paris in the 1950s

While fishing around in my closet a few weeks ago I found this photo of my grandmother in Paris. That her granddaughter would one day be deciding between yoga pants and a pair of sweats to wear to work that day would never in a million years have crossed her mind.

October 12, 2020


egret + zoom = art project :)

Zooming in on an egret has the same level of realism as this Zoom meeting that's about to start. At least with the egret it becomes (squint and maybe you'll see it?) almost a watercolor.

Happy Monday, everyone. Let's all squint all day.

October 11, 2020

We had a daytime moonrise

Yes, this was last month, but I only just remembered to download the photos, a daylight moon briefly appearing, then gone again behind the marine layer.

full moon vanishes

October 10, 2020

Must love dogs

k9s rock

Not quite a 'Bu plate special, but definitely a local, and a kindred spirit.

October 9, 2020

There in Agua Dulce

sunrise in Agua Dulce

The beautiful sunrise shot by my beautiful sister in northern LA County horse country this morning,

Photo by Liz Neuman

October 8, 2020

tbt: Radio silence

tbt: Above the fray

When things get a bit too intense down here at ground level (2020, I'm looking at you) I often think of this moment, a daring aeronaut flying free through the autumn sunset.

Throwback Thursday: Above Zuma Beach, shot from the little cottage on Oct. 11, 2015

October 7, 2020

We still miss Daisy

The kids here talk about Daisy in the present tense. It started the day she died and at first it was unsettling. Now though, it blurs the lines, erases time, keeps us all moving forward.

we still miss Daisy

October 6, 2020


solstice canyon trails diverge

crossroads in solstice canyon

One of these days we'll accept the invitation to the steep and barren trail that heads up and east, but for now, we head down into the shade of the oak glen.

oak light

October 5, 2020

Water + border collie = joy

the wettest and happiest dog in malibu

For those of you in need of an antidote to this week's 2+2 = 5 spin cycle, an immutable truth.

October 4, 2020

An Iron Chef mystery

iron chef

This was in the Whole Foods parking lot, and even though we idled and tarried and probably came thisclose to crossing the line into stalking, the self-described Iron Chef never showed up.

October 3, 2020

A little bit of weirdness along PCH

strange little storefront along pch

weird window display on pch

One of Walt's favorite walks is (go figure) along PCH. He ignores the noise and revels in the scents, takes forever to move a few feet. And so it is that we've become familiar with an odd little storefront on the beach side of the road. The windows are filthy, a glaze of greasy dust. The interior stays lit by the same few lamps, dim spills of amber amid Dickensian clutter. No one is ever around.

It's the front windows that really catch your eye, though, an eccentric collection of...things. Amid a lantern, a wax apple, and a few crispy orchids stand the true stars of the display, a parade of tall wooden nutcrackers, primary colors glowing, watching the world go by.

October 2, 2020

Big pink, again

This silk floss tree has been blooming in an empty lot for decades. Considering the years of drought, the long months between rainy seasons, and the recent heat waves, it's doing pretty well.


That tract, like everything around the Civic Center, is slated for development. That makes the traffic cones, which appeared a few weeks ago, an unwelcome mystery.

big pink

October 1, 2020

tbt: Respite

rain on point dume

If only, in addition to the sight and sounds of this stormy day at the Point Dume headlands, we could have also preserved the scent of the falling rain.

Throwback Thursday: The Point Dume headlands on March 6, 2019 at 11:42 a.m.

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