If you are interested in physical geography of the land itself (lithosphere), think “uplift” and “gravity,”
push (up) and pull (down).
Think “hard and soft,”
dry and wet,
pressure and release.

Erosion & deposition = downward movement & “settling” accumulation.
Tributary streams join together,
distributary channels “let go” of sediment: both form dendritic patterns.

Ridge lines of resistant rock form dendritic patterns in an inverse way to stream canyons.

Sedimentary layers form with the oldest rocks at the bottom; uplift “folding” pushes them into anticlines (upfolds) and synclines (downfolds).
The Santa Monica Mountains are a huge tilted anticline formed from the NW turn of the San Andreas Fault, East and Northeast of the Transverse Ranges.