Ally borrowed these words to describe our afternoon at Lan Su Chinese Garden and I thought they were terribly apt:
Most cherished in this mundane world is a place without traffic;
truly in the midst of a city there can be mountain and forest.
-Wen Zhengming, poet from the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644)
Living in the Midwest, I dream of mountains and oceans and forests. But I've embraced the landscape, my home, and started working on creating my own mountains and oceans and forests.