One of the things I used to enjoy most about meeting a potential client on their chosen piece of ground for the first time was sharing the suggestion that “Nobody does better work than the Big Man,” which was, of course, my way of acknowledging the undeniable beauty of the natural world, and the endless alchemy performed by Mother Nature. It was my way of saying that we needed to show restraint, humility and concern for the particular part of the Earth we were about to alter forever—in essence, to be patient and respectful.
Now, by my own making, I am on the other side of that exchange. I have to confess that the reality of that concept comes with a great deal of added weight, as we consider all the change we are about to initiate. We only get one chance to do it right; we simply won’t live long enough to see the recovery if we do careless damage to the landform and other natural features of this amazing place.