From author James Maxey’s excellent article, Stories are made out of scenes; scenes are made out of nouns:
It’s nouns that truly paint the pictures in people’s heads. And not just any nouns – you want concrete nouns all over your page. Words like love, justice, god, and antidisestablishmentarianism are all nouns, and may all be important things to write about, but they don’t build scenes. You build your scenes out of concrete elements, things your characters can touch and taste and feel and see. Your story may be about the absence of God from the universe, but your scene should be full of things like cigars or pines or elephants or t-bone steaks.
I love that last sentence. Detail and substance. Concrete and indispensable.