|Bringing Back Holleywood||
Suddenly, we have ponds. (Or, a pond and a half; the other half belongs to a neighbor.) The caretaker says they come and go with Spring rains. He calls them vernal pools, a term I'd never heard but one which sent my husband (an environmentalist funder) into paroxysms of pleasure. Apparently, vernal pools host endangered fauna and flora. Really? All I can see in them (apart from lovely reflections) is sodden grass and a few ducks. To me, they are giant puddles. That look nice from afar.
4/21/2011 11:49:06 am
I LOVE spring ponds! When I was a kid, we put on rubber boots and went wading in ours as soon as the ice started to break up. Half the fun was getting the boots overtopped with icy water. How perspectives change!
4/21/2011 10:17:29 pm
What a fun memory, Sarah. So, vernal pools also host kids, the best wildlife of all.
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We are a couple of Upper West Siders from NYC who never set out to buy an old mansion in Connecticut. But the moment we walked through its massive front door, we were smitten. The info on this site is earnestly cobbled from a variety of sources, including the web. Please let us know if we've gotten something wrong, or if there's a story about Holleywood you'd like to share.