The Living Landscape How to Read and Understand It by Patrick Whitefield
Being able to read the landscape whilst on a walk makes a huge
difference. It is like suddenly seeing the world in colour after being
used to a lifetime of black and white. The Living Landscape looks in
detail at landscape formation: from rocks, through soil to vegetation
and the intricate web of interactions between plants, animals, climate
and the people that makes the landscape around us. Each chapter is
interspersed with diagrams, sketches and notes that Patrick has taken
over two decades of living and working in the countryside. Patrick will
inspire you to reconnect with the land as a living entity, not a
collection of different scenery, and develop an active relationship with
nature and the countryside. This book invites you to actively engage
with nature and experience it first hand. Understanding how landscapes
evolve is a useful skill for landscape designers, farmers, gardeners and
smallholders but it is also a life-enhancing skill all of us can enjoy.
Patrick offers us the enduring pleasure that costs nothing and yet
I bought this totally by impulse while in browsing through Stanfords, London's most famous map shop, and took it with me to Herefordshire. By just the end of the first chapter I felt a much better understanding of the landscape around me(1).
(1) admittedly I was starting from a very low base here.