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Unformatted text preview: N RES 287 “ Reading” or I n te rp reting a Landscape Important things to remember:
• Experience your landscape with multiple senses. • T ry to be open and curious to different ways of seeing your landscape. • Be observant – just “be” in your landscape for awhile before you get into
specifics. • Once you are fully observant, take some notes, maybe sketches, to help you. • If possible, t ry to observe your landscape at different times of day or in
d ifferent weather. • If possible, talk to someone who might be familiar with your landscape in
t imes gone by (recently or at t imes in the distant past). • Think about how your own “lens” of experience and values shapes how you see
your landscape. Questions to consider:
• What different elements make up your landscape?
o What are the main features of your landscape? (e.g. fields, meadow, forest,
apartment buildings, houses with gardens, etc…. ) o What are the different planes of the landscape (ie foreground,
m iddleground, horizon, etc…) o
• What are the shapes and colors in the landscape? Look for clues about the history of the landscape. o Look at vegetation such as t rees, vines or orchards. Were they planted
r ecently or are they much older? o How do you think your landscape changes over t ime? (e.g. over seasons,
f rom one year to the next) o
• Are there t races of the past in your landscape? What signs of human activity are there in your landscape?
o How well-maintained is the landscape? o Is there evidence of different types of people or different activities shaping
t he landscape? • What elements of the landscape appear to compete with each other?
o • What powers are represented in landscape? What social constructions of nature have shaped this landscape and
w hat evidence is visible? • Do you see evidence of any contradictions between environmental
a tti tudes and behaviors? ...
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- Spring '08