Topophilia is a strong sense of place, which often becomes mixed with the sense of cultural identity.
Your connection to place is sacred. You must live in harmony with place. There is no conquer, there is no dominion over nature. You are a steward for your time and your children’s time.
When you love a place, you will care for it. When other people see you taking care of place a seed will be sowed, and so it goes. Place needs representation and you will be an advocate.
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”–Lao Tzu
Respect the land you walk over, respect the land upon which you gaze. When you climb a hill to be rewarded with a vista, know that it is sacred. Take time and allow the view to be added to your trove.
To get to the sacred places you need to give something of yourself. You will know what you have given by the time you get there.
Your journey begins with maps. Maps excite the walker. The country can be imagined from the comfort of your easy chair. Geographical difficulties can be studied and assessed.
Do not underestimate the time taken to move through the country. Place will attenuate your pace so as to reveal the treasures.
Take time to appreciate the flora and fauna. Observe the minutiae. Make notes.
Places that have not been exploited by man should be conserved. Be a custodian for the future walkers and the future..
Hone your powers of observation with topophilia as your subject. Your connection can only be strengthened..