Thinking About Landscape

from the series; Personal Ecologies ©2012 Dave Ortiz

Landscape is related to, but not identical with, nature. Nature is a part of every landscape, but is no more than a part of any landscape which has felt the impact of man. In this view landscape is always inclusive of man and nature, rather than a way of distinguishing, or at least emphasizing, nature, as is still not uncommon in some fields, such as art and earth science. Indeed, the idea of landscape runs counter to recognition of any simple binary relationship between man and nature. Rather, it begins with a naive acceptance of the intricate intermingling of physical, biological, and cultural features which any glance around us displays. Landscape is, first of all, the unity we see, the impressions of our sense rather than the logic of the sciences.

From: The Interpretation of Ordinary Landscape: Geographical Essays by Donald W. Meinig
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