I read: “Conservationists focus on cognition and the changing of landscapes. Yet it is interpretation that offers the public meaning and values.”
It took a couple of re-readings before I realized that this summed up the way I felt about writing, landscapes and connection to life.
Those who are able to discover and illuminate the significance-endowing elements of cultural or natural landscapes through storytelling turn unordered space into identifiable place. Within the bewildering array of details in any landscape, they provide moral holdfasts. They make passed-by things sacred. They spark place-based ethics.
I want to be one of those people.