The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich
‘True solace is finding none, which is to say, it is everywhere.’
In 1976 Gretel Ehrlich travelled from her home in New York to Wyoming to shoot a film on sheep herders. While she was there, her partner David died and what started out as a work trip became the beginning of a new life, and a long and deep attachment to place.
Writing of sheep herding alone across Wyoming badlands, being struck by lightning, the true meaning of cowboys, and taking her new husband to the rodeo for their honeymoon, as well as the changing seasons, extreme winters and the wind, Ehrlich draws us into her personal relationship with this ‘planet of Wyoming’ she has come to call home.
In The Solace of Open Spaces, Ehrlich captures the incredible beauty and demanding harshness of natural forces in these remote reaches of the West, and the depth, tenderness and humour of the quirky souls who live there.