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November 20, 2020

Safe passage

grace and beauty

Farewell to my beautiful, brilliant, and courageous mom.

November 13, 2020

Two years ago everything changed

There's an odd kind of relief in missing the two-year anniversary of the Woolsey Fire, which reached Malibu on November 9. Our state has had hundreds of wildfires since then, each seemingly worse than the ones before, human and wildlife communities devastated, living with the consequences for decades.

the winds keep shifting

malibu pier as the fire grows

water tanker drop

tanker flyover as malibu fire begins

near corral canyon

our new street

everything burned

Upper level, Seminole Springs

near the malibu playhouse

cuthbert cottage

cuthbert cottage is gone

front house

front house after the fire

new channels appear with every rain

convoys all along pch

fire command center in Malibu

god bless the first responders

November 12, 2020

tbt: Chilly parrot

I'm sorry if you've seen this one before but he's so pretty, it's worth the repeat.

chilly ball of feathers

Throwback Thursday: Parrot on the Pepperdine lawn on December 14, 2015.

November 11, 2020

It's (sleepy) Puppy Wednesday!

a pile of sleepy puppies

A yawn so big it knocked her over. Also, puppy belly.

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November 10, 2020

Even more autumn colors

after the rain

It's all about the angle of the light.

November 9, 2020

The sunset over Point Dume

sunset colors

I love these autumn colors, too.

November 8, 2020

Silver skies

rain on the way

waiting for rain

I love these autumn colors.

November 7, 2020

Signs of Saturday: What a day

It rained:

AND it rained today!

Then this happened:


And a dance party got started in Bluffs Park:

dance party in Bluffs Park

November 5, 2020

tbt: The fog rolled in

We'll get occasional shreds of fog these days, and if we're lucky, smallish swathes, but the kind of fog that covers the ocean and muffles sound, grounds the birds and drifts high up into the hills, that doesn't really happen any more.

above the fog line

fogged in

sun on fog

Throwback Thursday: Fog in western Malibu on November 4, 2009

November 4, 2020

It's Puppy Wednesday!

You know who has no idea that the electoral college is an antiquated, divisive, and fundamentally anti-democratic institution? Sleepy puppies! (A reminder that videos on the site are taking a long, long time to load.)

sleepy puppies

November 1, 2020

A bit of heartache in Solstice Canyon

First, the good things that happened on our walk in Solstice Canyon this morning, starting with the fact we actually found parking. Then there were the bird sightings, three types of hawks, a flock of chatty parrots, and best of all, a covey of California quail. At least a dozen of the sweet and goofy ground-dwelling birds, all but wiped out in the Woolsey fire two Novembers ago, right there on the trail. The wish to watch overcame the urge to photograph, and it was a few moments of life being wonderful. The quail soon got spooked by some hikers, but even then you could hear the whir of their wings, their retreat through the brush, and their catalog of calls, greetings and warnings and explanations.

And now the hard part. If you're a Solstice regular you may know this oak, a giant where a path splits away from the road. Shade in summer, shelter in rain, so tall your sense of time shifts from seconds to centuries. And now gone. Too many fires, too many drought years, and then last week those crazy winds, which had the final say.

solstice oak

california live oaks

the fire won against the beautiful Solstice Canyon oak

goodbye to the beautiful Solstice Canyon oak

The ancient oak in Solstice Canyon is gone

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