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March 26, 2021

All we get are clouds these days

on the horizon

It's frustrating to listen to the weather person on the radio chirping about the fabulous high-pressure system that means we're in for another dry week. No context about drought, about how March is our last chance to catch up on the season's abysmal rainfall, just a mindless jolly word dump about just wait until this weekend when it's also going to be unseasonably warm.

Meanwhile, we've had some beautiful clouds on the horizon.

March 25, 2021

It can get eerie in the canyon

a slight breeze

Sometimes, the moment we step off the main path, the wind picks up. It's this one particular trail where, in just a few feet, the trees close in. They come at your from the sides and from above and the breeze feels like a breath, like the canyon sighing.

It's coming on dusk when we take this walk, sunlight cutting out, shadows coming in, birds making final flights, and the memory of something a friend once said, that Solstice Canyon is a thin place, one of those spots where the veil between worlds has grown threadbare, makes me shiver.

March 24, 2021

It's Puppy Wednesday!

OK, it's always Puppy Wednesday here lately, but walking in on the baby Labrador with her toy basket on her head surely deserves a post of its own.


March 23, 2021

Hello out there

marine layer lies offshore

The marine layer plays hide-and-seek these days, but no longer comes ashore.

March 22, 2021

There are excuses for not getting things done in a timely fashion...

...and then there are the reasons that things move slowly.

help with the laundry

March 10, 2021

It's Puppy Wednesday!

It turns out that not only does the baby Labrador have slightly manic ears:

Teddy's crazy puppy ears

She's also a birdwatcher:

the wild puppy watches the wild parrots fly by

March 9, 2021

A gaggle of geese


We hadn't seen geese at the Legacy Park pond before, and this group seemed particularly majestic.

March 8, 2021

They say it might rain this week

promises, promises

Rain maybe in the middle of the week. These are clouds from the weekend, which was cold and cloudy and honestly, it felt great.

March 5, 2021

Teddy has graduated to the big-dog yard

the wild puppy makes a friend

The wild puppy goes to doggie daycare once a week. (Saint Walt sighs and says thank you.) Yesterday she arrived early enough that this handsome boy was the only other dog there. It took about ten seconds for them to bond and I'm told that the rest of the day looked pretty much like this video. And because Teddy was first in the play yard, she wasn't intimidated as the bigger and older dogs arrived. So that's the plan from now on -- first one in, and if she had her way, last one out.

March 4, 2021

Speaking of hawks

hawk rests in legacy park

afternoon hawk in legacy park

hawk watching the redwing blackbirds in legacy park

hawk in legacy park

This beautiful bird let me take his picture in Legacy Park the other day. It's a busy place so seeing a hawk amid so much activity was a surprise. That's one of the trees that the redwing blackbirds use for their early evening conclaves, and I bet the sight of the raptor was a less-than-welcome surprise.

March 3, 2021

Red alert

hawk scopes out the parrots' nests

hawk in Solstice Canyon

There's always a lot of chatter from the wild parrots, snippets of conversation when they're roosted in a tree, non-stop screeching when the flocks are in flight. So when the birds suddenly grew agitated the other day, using full sentences to communicate, it was time to take a closer look. And sure enough, there in an oak above the one where they were resting, this hawk. Nothing happened, just a staring match that led to more avian yelling until eventually the hawk moved on.

March 2, 2021

Keeping track

fire-scarred oak in solstice canyon

One thing most of the newly fallen trees in Solstice Canyon have in common is fire damage at the trunk, just like this oak. Now it seems important to capture those that remain standing, so if they should fall, they can be remembered. That's the flock of wild parrots calling in the background, btw, warning one another of an intruder we'll see tomorrow.

March 1, 2021

Whole lotta shaking going on

grooming time in the blackbird tree

Our evening walk in Legacy Park took us past the redwing blackbirds just as they all decided to do a bit of feather fluffing. They stopped singing as much when we came along and since I didn't want to disturb them, the video's pretty short. But I could have watched this particular dance as long as it lasted.

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