I love stone steps, especially when they climb through the woods to a waterfall. Along with lighthouse stairs, the curving stairs on the hike to the Cascades near Blacksburg, Virginia, are among my favorite stairways.
They are made with stone from the mountain. They are mossy and organic. They look like they belong.
These stone steps are man-made, in harmony with nature. Instead of making humankind feel other, pitting our species against the rest of the natural world, the stairs make me feel included. They make me feel like we belong.