The Garden Guide

Book: The Principles of Landscape Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 1: Principles of Landscape Gardening

Picturesque woods and ground landform

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1493. As a fourth example, imagine the view deprived of the lake and the building, and consisting only of the wood and ground, with the heads of a straggling row of willow trees appearing in the middle distance, and the sound of a distant waterfall heard through the trees. Here, to picturesque beauty we have an idea of water -of an immense body of it in the lake or river which supplies the waterfall-and of the rocks, which oppose their powerful obstruction to a body of water. The reader will here remark, how much of the sublime beauty of this scene depends on sound, which can never be included under picturesque beauty. The leading expression is that of sublimity, accompanied by various associations of dignity produced by the rocks, and of grandeur suggested by the stream, after the waters have renewed their tranquil course, and are rolling, as we imagine, majestically along under the shade of the line of willow trees.