Vernal Pond Filling Up

We’ve had 3 years of dry winters, but this year the pattern has changed. We have these big zones of low pressure blowing in from across the ocean, not being blocked by high pressure, and it’s been raining bountifully. I’m in heaven. During dry years I fret sub-consciously about the dryness of soil and plant life. But now, there’s a joyousness in the hills. The plants they are lovin this! Creeks are rushing. The air is perfumed with energy. Yesterday I ran on a cold windy afternoon along the coast to an old ranch where there are a couple of lovely ponds with tules and water lilies, where for a few months in springtime I can slip into the pure green water and glide around.

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:

3 Responses to Vernal Pond Filling Up

  1. Can't imagine living in California for a lot of reasons, but lack of water is definitely one of them. We love when the water rushes down our mountain – still exploring all the water spots on our relatively new 57 acre mountain-side property in NH. ( One requirement for our retirement property was peeper habitat within earshot of the house.) Enjoy it.


  2. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog. I have been a long time fan of your building books. Thanks for sharing your good times and the great information about books, art and places.

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