|The ferry terminal at Cruz Bay|
Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with "postcards". These sorts of images draw us into a location. They are the general view of a place or what I sometimes refer to as "big picture" views. They are our first encounter with the landscape.
What is important is that I wasn't content with the big picture...I got up off my duff (after I'd finished my pina colada of course!) and wandered over to the dock. I first saw my letter "P" (I'm nearly done with the alphabet!) but then I just sat on the edge of the dock and let the breezes and soft light wash over me. Closing my eyes, I relied on my hearing and smell to replace my vision.
The late day light cast a pink glow over the water's edge as the soft waves kissed the shore and, like a shy lover, immediately retreated. It was the sound of the waves and their salty smell that drew me to this view. Walking on the dock before, I hadn't heard them at all. My eyes were fully occupied with it all.
Embrace the "big view" by all means but close your eyes and see what intimate views your other senses draw you to. This is a way to slowly walk into the landscape, to become more engaged with the location. You will gather an enriched and more personal sense of place this way.