What we See when we look at Landscapes

by Andreas Suchantke

Lindisfarne Books, 2001
250 pages; paperback; $9.95
ISBN 0-940262-99-1



Suchantke has an extraordinary artistic grasp of the essential in nature. His chapter on "Juvenilization in Evolution and Its Ecological Significance" opens up an entirely new view of humanity's rejuvenating relationship to Nature that can give us great hope for the future. It should be read by everyone who loves and is concerned about the current ecological crisis.

“Suchantke’s... approach is based on precise observation, which is not then just analyzed reductively but recreated in an act of imagination. Nature is then experienced as a form of meaning, a language. Suchantke explains how the quality of our relationship to nature is determined by how well we understand this language. The practical use of imagination is thus an ecological activity.”      

— Norman Skillen, from the Introduction


Introduction vii

Ngorongoro: Primeval Past as Living Present 1

 Africa: Three Landscapes as a Single Organism 26

What Do Rainforests Have to Do with Us? 95

 Humankind and Nature in Different Cultures and Continents 123

Juvenilization in Evolution and Its Ecological Significance 147

New Zealand: Old Land, Young Land 175

The Signature of the Great Rift Valleys 218

References 237