The Color of the Wild: An Intimate Look at Life in an Untamed Land

The Color of the Wild: An Intimate Look at Life in an Untamed Land

by Gin Getz




Along the Continental Divide, high in the San Juan Mountains where the Rio Grande is born, lies a wilderness as proud and strong-willed as the woman who chose to build a life there. Here unfolds the story of this woman, her son, horses, and a mountain-and the man who rides with them into a life where no one has lived before. In this country where winters are harsh, wild, and remote, author Gin Getz learns to bend and grow within the trust of shared isolation.

Parallel with the story of living on the mountain is a darker tale of heartbreak that threatens to tear apart their attachment to the wilderness. Gin lives under a dark cloud as her husband's family disintegrates over issues of pride and ownership; a story rarely told but so common throughout the West.

Along the way, Gin's readers enter a world of deep beauty, fresh perceptions, simple humor and breath-taking writing as The Color of the Wild unfolds, season by season, through one year on the mountain

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ISBN-13: 9781935254867
Publication date: 01/27/2014
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author’s clear, honest, and compelling voice is what strikes me most about this book.  I’m a huge fan of memoirs, nature stories, wilderness, and simple living – all combined in The Color of the Wild, plus  vivid photographs of Gin’s world at 10,000 feet above sea level.  I couldn’t stop reading until I finished the las t page, and then I wanted more. I’m addicted to Gin Getz’ poetic writing.  Best of all -- reading this book made me want to tell my own story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow this book takes me back to the mountain. I’m there once again. The colors, scents, sounds, movements, wildlife, scenery, and the feeling of freedom and openness is passionately expressed. Gin Getz paints the mountain with her poetic words. It’s a story about her survival thru life. From a little girl in New York City to an outfitter at the headwaters of the Rio Grande, this is a great read. Not many would have taken the path she chose. Dirt, grit, stubbornness, sweat, and many tears have molded this astute horseman, author, steward of the Earth, mother, wife, and friend. Check it out…damn good read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only Gin Getz could have written this beautiful, heartwrenching, yet uplifting book. With her “outsider’s” eye, she brings her art training, her sophistication (she studied at NYU, designed clothes for Bloomie’s and has lived in France, rural Argentina, Greece, and Manhattan…), and her open heart to the wilds of the Colorado mountains. Her poetry is poignant, her photography gorgeous, her writing moving and eloquent. Why would she choose this heartbreaking, backbreaking, spirit-challenging life? With deep introspection and unfettered honesty, Gin describes herself, her horses, her life, her family, and her world. She challenges her readers to delve deep within, to the very core of their being, to ask themselves who they truly are, why they live the life they do, what they would really rather be and do. Stripped to the essentials, what really matters most? This self-knowledge is rare, painful to acquire, yet essential for our maturity in wisdom. Having conquered her dragons, Gin is open to the beauty and marvel of her mountainous world. Gin Getz in this book provides us a rare glimpse into what—maybe—we could all be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Through her remarkable gift of words the author opens her heart and soul taking the reader places few would dare to dream, while inspiring us to look deep inside ourselves, beyond the superficial, to conquer our demons, pursue our dreams and live life fully and without regrets. There's a little bit of something in it for everyone. I loved it and this is coming from a person who rarely reads non-fiction! If you've ever been down on your luck, if you love nature, if you have a wild side, if you have a dream, this book is for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Passionate, Primal, and Wild! I am overcome. Vibrant Life. Heart rending Grief. Poetry and images that capture both, without a single wasted word. Who knew a beautiful life is a vibrant tapestry of loss, pain, and suffering transformed by tears, time, and love? Gin tenderly, yet with firmness, captures and gives voice to the events that shaped her journey while sharing the life, death, and rebirth of the high mountain valley in which she lives. The Color of the Wild provides readers a glimpse and feel of what living on a ranch in the wilderness, far away and cut off from neighbors, is like. It is rough and challenging. But the healing, peace, and solitude within is met with unexpected seasonal rewards; such as the songs of frogs in a mountain pond.  As a boy and young man I grew up in the San Luis Valley, in the long shadows of the San Juan mountains where Gin works, lives, and loves. The sun went to bed there. Water, white gold to farmers there and elsewhere along the Rio Grande, came from the mountains. Violent summer hail storms brought random ruin. The constant green coupled with an ever changing palette of red, yellow and gold marked the passing seasons.  Gin Getz has created a multilayered artwork as timeless as the mighty Rio Grande that flows from the Great Divide. Like the river giving life on its journey, Gin's work gives voice to mountains that cannot speak for themselves as she shares the wounds, healing, and love of her journey. A must read for anyone that needs to step away from the busyness of life into the healing solitude of the wilderness.