How do we remember a forgotten wilderness?
Here, Laura Cunningham's representation of San Francisco's Nob Hill centuries ago: a grassy, windswept hill with blooming ceanothus bushes and a shed elk antler.
It’s often difficult to perceive what’s missing. While our senses fill our minds with information about what’s surrounding us, it takes a more deliberate effort to notice what isn’t. Or wonder what might have been.
Laura Cunningham's Land of No FencesIn the July-August issue of Orion, Derrick Jensen writes of an evening replete with backyard visits from foxes, a black bear, and raccoon (article not available online). He is delighted—until he recalls reading that grizzlies used to frequent the area in such numbers that a person could expect to see one every 15 minutes.
Loss of biodiversity is happening at an observable rate, contends Jensen. Not just with high-profile species: African lion, giant tortoise, flying frogs, eagles. Many of the wild animals we’re used to seeing everyday are declining in number as well: birds, spiders, bats. We won’t stop this phenomenon, Jensen reasons, until we insist on noticing that it’s happening.