Friday, February 24, 2006

it is the weekend already

But we have yet another rainy Saturday predicted. Spring is teasing us--I'm ready for some really nice bicycling weather. I guess I should try to get out on my bike at least for a short ride this afternoon.

In my environmental history course we are reading Roderick Frazier Nash, Wilderness and the American Mind. What I'm struck by so far is not so much the ideas, which I had some sense of already, but the role of art. If you look at my notes on the Hudson River School, or Wednesday's notes on early preservation ideas, or even today's notes on Yellowstone and the Adirondacks, you may get a quick visual sense of the impact that art must have had on American ideas about wilderness.

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