Go to your story so your story can come to you.
I love this. My first novel used a lot of locations I was already familiar with, but I went back to them when I was writing to re-feel them in the ways you describe. How the light (moon or otherwise) falls, the local interiors, what the streets feel like...
Great advice as always. Where were you when I was starting out???
Great point and I realized I'm doing just that. My piece is on the Native Americans in the Eastern Sierra during the Indian Wars of 1882, the place I love to camp. Now I have more excuse to spend more time in the Sierra...YES! I'll let you explain it to my wife:)