An emphasis on scenic beauty may lead one to devaluate that which is not
beautiful—the rotted log, or the humus, or trees that have burned, blighted,
or contorted, or Burnet's 'wild, vast, undigested heaps of Stones and Earth'.
One wants to be able to appreciate prairies, swamps, tundras, and deserts.
We start looking out for a prospect that pleases us, a pastoral scene, something
that photographs well, a recreational scenic view, but we end with insight
into wild processes that ignore us completely.