Wild land nourishes the human experience in many ways. It provides a respite from the stresses of daily living, an opportunity for recreation, a place for spiritual meditation. Author, naturalist and environmental activist, Terry Tempest Williams gives us another compelling rational for wilderness. She wrote “wilderness is not an extravagance or a luxury, it is a place of original memory where we can witness and reflect on how the world is held together by natural laws.” Reacquainting ourselves with these natural laws can help us reshape our relationship to the environment so that we may become more cognizant of our symbiotic connection to our planet and all its living processes
Many ecosystems may still be considered “wild” as long as natural processes are free from human interference. Thus Wilderness can be areas which have, or have had, human presence. It’s not only preserving tracts of land designated as “wilderness” that is important, but recognizing the importance of saving “wildness.”
These images were created in areas of California in the United States and the Western Highlands of Scotland. The images from the High Sierras were made along hiking trails in designated wilderness, whereas the images from the Western Highlands were made much closer to the road. But both embody wildness.