I'm aware that the "Old West," with images like this, is a romantic notion. But the reality, if you live there, is not quite so pleasant. We all need water, and have become used, at least in the developed nations, of having all we want, whenever we want. Going off the "fiscal cliff" may have dire consequences to the various economies of the world, but I guarantee you, it's a lack of fresh water that's going to really take us over the edge. THAT's what's going to take the class war to extremes—cause without clean, fresh water, there's famine and rampant disease—and it will even happen here.
Seems clear to me - if we don't learn to love our home, we're going to lose it—or at least access to it, as IT will most likely survive us, if not entirely intact. So the primary goal of this website is to engender curiosity about something in nature—anything, whether it's an amoeba or the oceans. Whatever does it for you —get active, if you can, or get interested and support, if you're like me and are not able or inclined to tromp around in the woods.
I am an artist and writer, living off grid, in a strawbale house on the high mesa near Taos, New Mexico. I have four cats, and live amongst a variety of wildlife including, but not limited to: coyote, pronghorn antelope, elk, endless bunnies and jackrabbits (and myriad other rodents), ravens, mountain bluebirds, rattlesnakes, and tarantula.
The cats stay in, everything else stays out.