Locations versus locales

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The Königsee, Bavaria

Within an expansive qualitative array of textured space there are locations. A location is an area where a thing or an event is found. The location of the tree. The location of the battle. This comes perhaps the closest to the ordinary use of "place."

Some stretches of textured expanse, and some locations, have a character that makes us perceive the area as unified and complete. I will call these satisfying and unified locations locales. The clearing in the woods that impresses us so, the Piazza San Marco, they are locales. They may also be places in my social sense, but they do not have to be.