From a phenomenological perspective, knowledge of landscapes, either past or present, is gained through perceptual experience of them from the point of view of the subject. (For some general theoretical and philosophical discussions, see Thomas 2006; Tilley 1994, 2004b, 2005a, 2008.) A phenomenologist attempts to describe these experiences as fully as possible. The objective is to provide a rich or ‘thick’ description, allowing others to comprehend these landscapes in their nuanced diversity and complexity and to enter into these experiences through their metaphorical textual mediation.