Who might you find drinking from a water bucket in the desert heat of southwest Texas? John Wells of The Field Lab, an experiment in sustainable off-the-grid living, found bees, birds, chickens, and other animal faces when he hid a ‘bucket cam’ in some water and hit record. He writes:
Everybody loves water in the desert. I was pleasantly surprised during the edit to see that George made an appearance. I know him from all the other rabbits because of the tiny notch in his ear. A burro just happened to come by in time to be included. Ben went against the script and decided to just nudge the bucket. You can lead a steer to water but you can’t make him drink. Note: The swimming bees were rescued.
Around thirty miles from the Mexican border, Wells’ ‘Field Lab’ home is made from 60 acres, a one room house, a few shipping containers, wind turbines, water tanks, solar panels, a solar-oven, raised gardens for growing veggies, the internet, and other experiments in sustainable tech. He bought the land after years of living in Manhattan and upstate New York, an attempt to do something new and challenging. From Texas Country Reporter:
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