This is me…

sarahBorn in distant 1957 with a botanist father and nature-loving mother, my destiny was sealed from the moment I took my first faltering steps following the tracks of hedgehogs and foxes in the British countryside. Since then, my life has been a long journey, taking me first to France where I worked as journalist and trekking guide, then more than twenty years ago to Italy where I still live today in the wild heart of the Majella National Park in Abruzzo. Plants, animals, photography, words, maps and walking are the great passions of my life. Taking nature’s side, with passion and commitment I pursue my mission to make people love and appreciate not only the spectacular and the rare, but also everyday natural beauty, often wrongly dismissed as “banal”, but equally capable of amazing and moving when looked at through other eyes. I identify myself wholly in the words of American palaeontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science Stephen Jay Gould: “…yet I also appreciate that we cannot win this battle to save species and environments without forging an emotional bond between ourselves and nature as well – for we will not fight to save what we do not love (but only appreciate in some abstract sense). We really must make room for nature in our hearts”. Intolerant of walls that confine and unable to remain still for long, my only fear is that one day I’ll shoulder my backpack, set out and be unable to stop walking, while there are still tracks, trails and paths disappearing over the horizon, with an undying curiosity to see what life has in store for me beyond the next curve.