The sagebrush on the Bella Vista Hills in the North Okanagan creates an active space, which defines the space around it as negative space, or space without sagebrush! It is quite pushy that way. Balsam root and bunchgrass then inhabit this negative space and flow in the channels sagebrush cuts.
If there were no sagebrush here, there would be grass and flowers. Instead of a flow, there would be a sea. Sagebrush is the river maker.