Genius Loci

Brian mentioned the concept of Genius loci last week, a notion I've been playing with for several years (in the context of thinking about how to think about photographing places as we traveled, notion being that every place has a something that defines and animates it, supposedly accessible if one takes the time and has the eyes... a pretty grand challenge to the photographer/traveler).

Some google-hunting turns up interesting facets of the concept:

As I scan the shelves, I find quite a few books that address or snuggle up to the concept:

and this from Monhegan: