by Claudius Schulze
The moment you start using water as an allegory you get all sorts of figures and links (which I think is exciting). For sure the mountains have an awe-inspiring rawness that is a very good backdrop to talk about feralness. The painters of romanticism knew that very well, as did Ansel Adams.
I find the sequencing in particular an interesting choice--does going upstream from the coast to the countryside represent human action taken to reach goals in spite of natural conditions?