Photo: Ning Fan

Photo: Ning Fan

I live in an Ecotone, a region located
in-between two distinct mountain zones.

Both in a literal and metaphorical sense, living "in between" has been a lifelong element of my True North. 

Here, you see chaparral - the collective shrubby mix of manzanita, oaks, and other thorny, dry brush in the foothill zone - as well as the Ponderosa Pine, Incense Cedar, and other pines that scent the air with fresh Christmas, make up the higher alpine zone.  

There is a wildlife trail alongside the north side of our home, where deer, fox, and (rarely, thank God) mountain lions migrate up the mountain – out of the oppressive valley heat in the summer, and back down to the foothills in the winter. 

 

Here, the rhythms are intuitive and complementary – they make sense, without even trying to.


 

Living here has made me more awake - to nature, yes, but also to life. Ripe with metaphor, this place - deep in nature, in a tiny corner of the cosmos - is a birthplace for awe. It has changed the way I see art, cities, places I travel to, and the dynamics of human nature.

My hope is for this site to serve as a connecting point to others for collaborative projects, whether focused on the various sciences, art, culture – the more diverse the better!

I will also be releasing a series of eCourses named Constellations, which focus on what the natural world is trying to teach us. I warmly invite you to come along with me on this fantastic voyage.

I’m so glad you’re here. 

Gail