Welcome to the virtual Basecamp for the Wild Silence Travel Log and all aspects of my creative work. I am an author, naturalist, environmental activist, landscape photographer, and all around vagabond. My passion in life is roaming the National Parks of the United States. As the Parks Project aptly declares, “Together, we the people own 84 million acres of pristine park wilderness that need our attention, action, and funding. Passionate pioneers fought to protect America’s greatest landscapes and most awe-inspiring views, creating National Parks.” Using the lens, the pen, and my voice, I lend my time and energy to speaking for nature in every capacity I am able. Yes, we need to save the still-wild places, but more importantly, we need to realize that the still-wild places can save us. 


“Sit with the silence. there is something there waiting for you.”


about the traveler

Award-winning Author. TEDx Talker. Photographer. Activist. Minimalist. Lover of Mountains. Founder of the Wild Silence Travel Log. 

(L.M.) Leslie M. Browning is a TEDx talker, photojournalist, and the award-winning author of twelve titles. She grew up in the small fishing village of Stonington, Connecticut. In her writing, Browning explores the confluence of the natural landscape and the interior landscape. She holds an Associates degree in Philosophy from the University of London and a Liberal Bachelor or Arts from Harvard University focusing on English, Psychology, and Digital Media. Over the last ten years of her career, she has served on the Board of the Independent Book Publisher’s Association and is a Fellow with the International League of Conservation Writers. In 2011, she founded Homebound Publications and its divisions, which has gone on to become a leading independent publisher in the country. A vagabond, Leslie’s seasonal basecamp can be found in the Berkshire Mountains & Northampton, MA areas. When not writing, or publishing the work of indie authors, she is roaming the mountains . . . which are ever-calling.

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TEDx Yale: Radical Authenticity & Writing on Life

 “The theme of the Yale University TEDx Conference in 2018 is UNCHARTED. My ‘uncharted territory’ is the limits of our sanity in the face of successive trauma and our ability to transcend that senseless suffering into something meaningful via a practice I called ‘Radical Authenticity.’  What is Radical Authenticity? For me, it was a reckoning—it was the process of confronting everything in my life I’d been running from and eventually coming to own that journey . . . ”  – L.M. Browning


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The Dirge | A Poem

The Dirge | A Poem

Dancing with the dust devils
across the land of dazzling desolation
I seize freedom by unearthing
the beauty in the vanishing
nature of all that is vital.

Constellation of Wounds | A Poem

Constellation of Wounds | A Poem

8,947 miles later, I know now why you refuse the say the names of those dead-to-you-yet-still-breathing—afraid as you are of the monsters are still under the bed—yet in the silence, you give them immortality…

The Technicolor Burning Bush | A Poem

The Technicolor Burning Bush | A Poem

I hear the voice of god in the hum of the neon sign at the rest stop, where the caravan of displaced desperadoes and expats post-up for the bottomless cup of coffee….

Future Primitive | Radical Authenticity

Future Primitive | Radical Authenticity

In this week’s episode Leslie M. Browning speaks with Joanna about: learning to move forward with traumatic experiences; healing is a journey; making meaning out of the loss; connected in vulnerability; the healing magic and beauty of the American Southwest; the solace and nurturance of the “wild silence”…

wild silence travel log


When we are out in the wild silence, we can hear our own inner-voices clearly. That is where a trusted Field Notes journal comes in handy. Some reflections are saved just for the traveler, but some are shared here. . . 

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Leslie M. Browning is the award-winning author of numerous titles including: To Lose the Madness: Field Notes on Trauma, Loss and Radical Authenticity

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