Thursday, April 16, 2009

I give waters in the wilderness

The Pulgas Water temple in Woodside is a monument to the Hetch Hetchy Project which brought water from the Sierras to the Bay area. The Hetch Hetchy reservoir was built during the Great Depression - a great use of "stimulus" money back then! Anyway, the temple is a beautiful, quiet little spot. A fitting tribute to engineering, and a great place (in this time of drought) to ponder on the vital, and diminishing, nature of our water supply. The inscription on the temple reads "I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people. Isaiah XLIII:XX"Filoli
After a few hours in the peace of Pulgas we visited Filoli house and gardens just down the road. The gardens are at their best this time of year with so many gorgeous flowers in bloom. There were so many spots just begging to be painted - but, tragically, no painting allowed. We sneaked in some little sketches though.

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