The Whaleboat

I came across this article by Barry Lopez today. He talks about a small model of a 19th century whaling boat that sits in his office, but the article is mostly about careful observation and the knowledge one obtains through deliberate and firsthand experience of things. He writes about the views out his window, and the general environment around his home (along the McKenzie River, all in really captivating terms. In one section he focuses on light, how it is bound up with time and place. The descriptions are wonderful and make me think of architectural renderings, or what a good rendering would do for a scene. Its not so much about the things themselves but their play within a scene, how their qualities affect a person and how those qualities differ based on how the person is situated.

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