wilderness quote
Of being in the wild…
..Landscape photography is a patient game and it wasn’t unusual to sit for long periods of time waiting for a cloud to move off a peak or the right light to paint softly across a scene. In these moments I couldn’t help noticing the contrast and paradox of the Utah desert. I found myself surrounded by deafening quiet and loud visual chaos.
..I am again reminded in the natural world that there is never nothing going on.
The Way of the Peaceful WarriorDan Millman


You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.    – Alan Alda


Wolves cause us to examine our values and attitudes.  Paul Errington wrote,

Of all the native biological constituents of a northern wilderness scene, I should say that the wolves present the greatest test of human wisdom and good intentions.

Aldo Leopold, father of game management in America, said,

Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left. That is to say, you cannot love game and hate predators; … The land is one organism.

so much to learn about each one of us.. our culture. what happens when we strip that. when we don’t listen to our own rhythm..

Wolves remind us to consider what is ethically and esthetically right in dealing with natural systems.  As Leopold wrote in his essay

The Land Ethic –  A land ethic …does affirm (animals’) right to continued existence…in a natural state….A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community.  It is wrong when it tends otherwise.

from what good are wolves


this is all so resonating with Wheatley’s and Frieze’s writings (walk out walk on).
love the element of this being about spaces and animals… craving wilderness..
..wilderness areas are vital for the human spirit and for creativity.

Where people can roam, … in the wilderness.

Spaces teaching/showing/helping us to… be still


page on wildness



Skype conversation with conservation activist Christopher Filardi from Dubai Airport youtu.be/aJwQIWGx5P8 via @YouTube

that melancholy.. that wilderness.. had people in them

4 min – i seek places where human beings are enmeshed w/in and embody what we might call wild.. a thriving ecosystem.. not there in spite of humans but because of them..

5 min – well springs.. reinvigorate parts of selves.. dead center at heart.. of what we need.. in urban centers/relationships.. we’re not protecting nature.. conservation isn’t about anything more than mystery/wondering and literally maintaining the very best dimensions of who we are

i seek those places..listen.. and try to recognize and support communities of people who are perpetuating those kinds of feedbacks and relationships.. where humans are just deeply entangled..

6 min – between 20-25% of land areas stewarded by indigenous communities.. 80% of bio diversity overlaps with that.. yet.. we’re all indigenous to planet earth.. there is no magic.. what they do have is a deep continuity.. with  spirituality.. geography.. genealogy.. those things coming together are what hold great hope for all of us..

that 1/5 are holding the fate of all our futures..

9 min – protecting indigenous for social justice.. then there’s learning from them.. diff but related.. at lab we try to understand language of nature.. it’s not intuitive.. because paradigms are so diff.. what does the discipline look like.. to learn from them and convert it into science

10 min – one word.. humility.. science is an incredibly powerful way to describe how world is.. doesn’t tell us how world ought to be.. it needs to follow wisdom that is in human beings.. humility to listen and transform possibility..

12 min – many indigenous communities have held onto perspectives.. that we have sort of erased… scientists to have humility to really listen.. and courage that we don’t have to pose questions..

i love idea of capturing conversations.. it’s magic…

imagine –hosting-life-bits via self-talk as data.. as the day.. that can io dance

can’t be friends with everybody… same as projects..

on global scale.. beginning to recognize that the importance.. indigenous.. on level that is on par with nation states… if we lose those.. some really critical dimensions of who we all are will disappear

how do we create new global platforms.. that support.. listen to.. indigenous..

a nother way

16 min – they hold dna we need to repair our system. – joi


rna ness

genotype-phenotype gap