I briefly put my NSF application aside for a meeting on Bainbridge Island earlier today, but my thoughts remained wrapped up in the essays. Taking in the view of the Puget Sound from the Washington State Ferry, I started to consider the landscape as an analogy for the discipline of geography. I largely learned of other places in isolation, as if our world was made up of unrelated islands. Such studies are effective in learning about the particularities of place, but they do not reveal the connections between places, or the ferries in this landscape. Geography examines these spatial relationships. This may mean studying literal ferries for some, but for others it involves determining the local effects of transnational trade, online compressions of time and space, and dispersed territories of migrants. I believe geography remains relevant, increasingly so in our moment of globalization.
On a very different note, I've released a map of Bainbridge Island! I was actually on the ferry to visit the Traveler on Winslow Way, which will begin stocking prints in mid-November. I'm also looking forward to presenting some cartography (and geography) there in December; I'll tweet the details and recap the presentation here. In the meantime, I've included a couple of pictures from my ferry ride and added others to Flickr.