sacramental landscape

The ways in which we come to know a landscape are preliterate. “A sense of place” implies a sensory knowledge. It mounts up in our minds: empires of smells and sounds, textures and sights held fast by memory, flooding back again and again in such urgent, pungent ways as to let us reenter those places…


All during our lives, in any and every place we live or visit, the sacramental landscape unrolls before us. It is our text. It is public and private, social and wild, political and aesthetic. To see–that is, to discover–is not an act of interpretation, of transfixing with preconceived ideas what is before us; rather, it is an act of surrender.

—  –Gretel Ehrlich