While it would seem that the Romantic intentions were in the best interests of the environment, in actuality both ideas were in the self-interest of man.
Clearly Wilderness rehabilitation is a practical and successful means of therapy. Most of all, it is the ultimate landscape of authenticity.
On the many paradoxes of having to manage wilderness in order to maintain the appearance of an unmanaged landscape, see John C.
In many cases, larger images of those paintings are available by clicking on the painting. It is not much of an exaggeration to say that the wilderness experience is essentially consumerist in its impulses.
Indigenous peoples are defined as the descendents of those people who inhabited an area before it was colonised by Europeans, or before a modern state was established there.
That is why, when I think of the times I myself have come closest to experiencing what I might call the sacred in nature, I often find myself remembering wild places much closer to home.
I think, for instance, of a small pond near my house where water bubbles up from limestone springs to feed a series of pools that rarely freeze in winter and so play home to waterfowl that stay here for the protective warmth even on the coldest of winter days, gliding silently through streaming mists as the snow falls from gray February skies.
Reprinted with permission of the publisher, W.