It is no secret that California is in the midst of a drought that started four years ago. Recent findings from tree rings suggest that this is the driest it has been here in at least 500 years. We returned to Claremont in August warned that grass would be brown and lawns were being replaced with other things, or just sitting dormant or dead.
This is the fountain in the Village Plaza. Children still climb on it, parents still keep a watchful eye or hand nearby in case of a tumble, but no one is getting wet here.
Here is a former lawn at Pomona College. It’s not clear what the designs on this plot of land will be, but it certainly won’t be sod.
The big El Niño (or La Niña) predicted for this winter is not supposed to bring enough snowfall to the Sierras. So even with record-breaking rainfall, the drought will still affect us all. If you eat any food grown in California (and you probably do), this impacts you, as well as us.
Knowing that did not stop me from enjoying yesterday’s rain, at times a short downpour, and admiring the puddles in the gutter.