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Layered Looking in four layers

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The way to engage all environments beside physically walking (or paddling, if water) is to “read” the landscape at the moment in time your are co-present, plus one more lens that centers on a longitudinal perspective, either fast forwarding or rewinding from the present in order to see how the present fits into what came just before this (or will come next). #First consider the land forms (geological lens) to understand the land and natural features there. Next look at the natural cycles and elements at all scales (the mosses, the fungi, the microbes, as well as plants and animals of air, water and land). Third, consider human aspects, both historical of the various countries and civilizations (3), as well s the patterns and relationship of the people currently inhabiting the place (4). to read the material cultural shapes and remnants as well as the interactions to the non-human environment. Dominant meanings, motivations, and models that people strive for come to the fore when excavating the significance of what is visible, as well as what is invisible. Certain clues serve as triggers or cues to the human (or natural ecological) stories that are underway. Finally, there is the annual cycle of human and ecological events that recur each year or even longer cycles (13 year cicadas…).

pano 2015 mar 7 old-spanishtrail-to-roundpond


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