Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Winds

Cirrus and alto-stratus clouds appear to shuffle through wind blown skies.

Very strong and damaging Santa Ana winds, 30-45 mph with excess gusts to 80 mph expected after midnight, lasting through Friday.

In other words, nerve-racking toupee!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Crescent

Last night we were dazzled with the view of the thin lunar crescent Moon and the blazing planet Venus, left, in the Southwest sky.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Look

One day at a time-this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone: and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering.  --Ida Scott Taylor

So, What are you looking at?

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sun

With the help of mother nature, I was able to photograph the sun as it made a quick peek through fast moving storm clouds, then darkness and rain.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Carpool

Carpool lanes in Southern California require two or more people per vehicle......and a few exceptions.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Mobbing

Flying above hawks and mounting aerial attacks, a behavior called "mobbing" by biologists, and it really persists because --well -- it works.  Smaller birds being smaller and more dextrous can get away with such harassment without fear of reprisal.  The larger bird is often slower and less agile, so it accepts the smaller bird’s message -- get out of town.

From a crow's perspective, mobbing behavior on a large potential predator, in this case, a red-tailed hawk, in between meals, might be stalking the crows eggs or babies in the area.

If a red-tailed hawk reached out and grabbed a crow with its talons, in scientific terms, "The crow would be toast."

Friday, November 11, 2011

Pearl


 Pearl is a 2 1/2-year-old miniature horse.

Her owner, Victoria Nodiff-Netanel, is a 26-year Malibu resident.

And so the story begins.

They are one of the city's best loved pet therapy teams, where every Tuesday, they make weekly visits to the Veterans Hospital in Westwood and visit patient's bedside with "Pet therapy, unconditional love."

Today, they were one of the featured speakers at the Veterans Day ceremony at Legacy Park in Malibu.

Oh, in case you were wondering, "Pearl is fully house-trained."

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tandem


Angelique Capaldi and Lionel Brunier of Nancy, France, flew to New York in July from Paris, to cycle West across the United States to their destination of South America.

And yes, he is a backseat driver steering from the rear.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Rainbows

Appearing out of nowhere, something about rainbows enters a special place in our hearts and gives ourselves a reminder that life can be magical.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Winds

The same off shore winds that create potential fire conditions also create perfect surfing conditions during our first Santa Ana winds of the year.