The appearance of a place is retained in the spirit of those that value it. Some people grow fond of their special places; become attached to the sites of their memorable experiences. Others keep their memories portable; can recreate the sense of peak moments anywhere. Or companionship determines the significance of their moments, not the place. “Look and feel” is a good phrase for talking about places shaped by human intervention, by progress.
Natural environments deserve a different kind of respect. Retaining some of them amidst rampant population growth becomes more difficult all the time. Such places are continually being reduced in number, size and integrity. Silence in observing them is valuable for cleansing and communion. What humanity is about cannot be discovered without dedication to the search for what nature is about.