Experiencing place is a complex multilayered experience. My earliest memories of place are images -- visual prompts that help me recall what I was feeling at the time. As I grew older I was able to incorporate and to make sense of sonic memories -- noises, what people were saying, music I heard -- also smells, taste, feeling heat or cold.
Visual memories are, however, my primary source of access to my experiences of place. These are overlain by consciously acquired written knowledge
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The Mountains of California -- My First Summer in the Sierra, John Muir; Up and Down California The Journal of William H. Brewer.
Coastal California -- Belmont Shore in 1946 and 1947, .
New Mexico -- Toddler on the ranch, summers in Santa Fe, Uncle Howell's dude ranch, 'The Lazy Ray' near Jemez Springs, The Daybooks of Edward Weston, Taos Moderns, memories of what I have seen, read, and experienced.