Rattlesnakes and Llamas

Sunday morning, our 2nd day at the solar energy festival in Northern California. Last night I had dinner at the bar of the Ukiah Brewing Company and was having a conversation with the guy sitting next to me about wild foods, mushrooms, fishing, and road kill barbecue. Ross Burkhardt, one of the pioneers of small-scale water-driven electric generators, and who I’ve known for years, was sitting nearby and joined in the conversation. “I just killed a rattlesnake that was harassing our goats,” he said. “If you want to come out to my place, you can have it.” (He’d skinned it and put it in the frig.) I picked up some ice and followed Ross and his wife out to their place in the hills, where I picked up the snake (going to marinate and barbecue it), saw Ross’s latest experiments with generating electricity, and took this shot of llamas silhouetted against the full-moon cloudy night sky.

Middle pic: filet of rattlesnake; bottom pic: church in Hopland, Calif.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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