We are the landscape.

Humans and the landscapes we encounter are inextricably linked; it is logical to view the natural world as a reflection of oneself. “Be humble, for you are made of earth. Be noble, for you are made of stars.” This popular Serbian proverb directs the reader’s attention to the relationship between living things and the environments that they emerge from. After all, human bodies and natural landscapes are composed of the same elements—nature and humans are not disparate manifestations of existence; we are, in fact, one singular entity, emerging from the same materials, and upon death, we become indistinguishable once again. Consequently, it is no surprise that natural elements are frequently used as metaphors for human experience, consciousness, and emotional states.

 Oregon is a very green place.

Oregon is a very green place.