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Rain, clouds, sun, reflection, dispersion into spectrum of light = #rainbow earlier tonight


Sunset at sink tonight


Rain has stopped. Light beautiful, air sweet, neg. ions, #chi flowing...


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Friday Morning Fish Fry*

*So titled after San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen's Friday columns, called "Friday Fish Fry;" Herb was master of 3-dot stories...

Water It's raining this morning,
Praise the Universe.
We're up to 28" this year, more or less normal. Our well is working again. We've installed a 5000-gallon storage tank which collects water off neighbors' roof. The California hills are an almost chartreuse green. Creeks are running.

Scotland Ho! We're off
There is a festival of architecture in Scotland now, sponsored by the Fife Contemporary Arts Center. It's called "Shelters," and features an entire room exhibiting our work, with photo and page blowups, and our building books. It's open now at the Kircaldy Galleries (about 12 miles north of Edinburgh), on the east coast of Scotland) and runs through June 5, 2016. I'll be doing a slide show presentation on May 10th, at Kircaldy Galleries, titled "50 Years of Natural Building," chronicling our building books from Shelter in 1973 up to the present.

We're leaving Tuesday via Virgin Atlantic. On Saturday, we're taking a ferry to the tiny island of Eigg.
"Eigg (/ɛɡ/; Scottish Gaelic: Eige, [ˈekʲə] ( listen)) is one of the Small Isles, in the Scottish Inner Hebrides. It lies to the south of the Skye and to the north of the Ardnamurchan peninsula. Eigg is 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) long from north to south, and 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east to west. With an area of 12 square miles (31 km2), it is the second largest of the Small Isles after Rùm. Notably, Eigg generates virtually 100% of its electricity using renewable energy.…" -Wikipedia

Our hosts have arranged for us to spend a week in "Sweeney's Bothy," a tiny home looking down to the sea. Am I excited!











There are about 80 people on the island, there are kayak and mountain bike rentals, sheep, there are a couple of restaurants, the Whale's Head Community Pub, and I am sure, plenty of kindred spirits. Yes!

I'll be Instagraming and blogging, so stay tuned and ride shotgun with us during the month of May.

Social Media I'm doing less blogging and more Instagraming these days. Less writing, more photos. I like the immediacy of Instagram, still learning the techniques (don't like the square format), trying to figure out how to use hash tags and get more followers…Check out our new Tumblr presentation of large beautiful photos: http://shelterpub.tumblr.com and http://shelterpub.tumblr.com/archive, set up by Sean Hellfritsch and now managed by Brittany Cole Bush…Check out The Shelter Blog, http://www.theshelterblog.com/, managed by Evan Kahn, and improving daily, with an ever-increasing flow of original material…we continue working on the digital side of our communications…while producing real life hold-in-yr-hands books…

Small Homes, the book We are 3/4 through with layout…about 154 pages so far and counting…Rick will be doing Photoshop work while I'm gone and then we'll hit it again in June…this is shaping up to be a great book, I kid you not. You can see some sneak previews at: http://www.theshelterblog.com/?s=sneak+preview 

A gude beginning maks a gude ending. (Scottish proverb)

Its raining right now. Just shot this in garden outside the office.


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India’s First Female Surfer Rides Past Social Boundaries

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "<http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2015/06/women-skateboarders-in-afghanistan.html>Women Skateboarders in Afghanistan":

"Ishita Malaviya and her boyfriend, Tushar Pathiyan, sold many of their belongings to buy a surfboard together. They had no idea how to surf, but after a lot tossing around in the waves and coming back to shore bruised and beaten, they learned. And Malaviya became India’s first female surfer."

Morning #rose


Just brought over by a neighbor.

Weird small home in Berkeley


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Nice small home in Berkeley


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For da people of Berkeley


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Lagoon early morning glass and reflección rojo


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The "Voodoo Lily" — Dracunculus Vulgaris in our garden


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This plant smells like rotting flesh—all the better to attract insects that will pollinate it.

"The Voyage of the Cormorant" by Christian Beamish

"Christian Beamish built a boat in his garage and set off to find surf along the coast of Baja. He tells of his adventures in Patagonia's The Voyage of the Cormorant and the reader finds out what happens when vision meets reality."
"A full moon rose over the arroyos, the desert held a pinkish glow, and stars shone down like a compliment in a million points of light all across the water. I sailed along, swaddled against the cold in a parka and outer shell, drifting in my thoughts deep into the night. Eventually, the wind fell away, and the ocean settled into a broad, glassy sheet. I smelled the clean desert scrub on the suddenly warmer air. The lines and sails and my outer jacket seemed to crackle in the dryness.

I knew that this was all the warning I would get.

Lashing the tiller in place with a bungee, I scrambled forward and dropped the main sail. Not one minute later, I saw and heard the wind line across the water behind, roaring down and tearing at the surface like a swarm of locust: the dreaded Norte. People call it the devil wind because of the fires it breathes to life and, I suppose, for the madness too. It is a terrible, mindless thing.…"

From Stephen Bryne
http://www.patagonia.com/us/product/the-voyage-of-the-cormorant?p=BK225-0-000

Hummingbird Skulls


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For a couple of years, I've had 2 hummingbirds that got trapped in the greenhouse and died. They were kinda mummified. Recently they disintegrated. I put the skulls in strong hydrogen peroxide and voila!

Aerodynamic Camper Shell