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!READ PDF ♫ The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals—and Other Forgotten Skills ☩ Turn Every Walk into a Game of DetectionWhen writer and navigator Tristan Gooley journeys outside, he sees a natural world filled with clues The roots of a tree indicate the sun s direction the Big Dipper tells the time a passing butterfly hints at the weather a sand dune reveals prevailing wind the scent of cinnamon suggests altitude a budding flower points south To help you understand nature as he does, Gooley shares thantips for forecasting, tracking, and , gathered from decades spent walking the landscape around his home and around the world Whether you re walking in the country or city, along a coastline, or by night, this is the ultimate resource on what the land, sun, moon, stars, plants, animals, and clouds can reveal if you only know how to look A delightful easy reading guide to reading one s surroundings The book won t qualify you as Ferdinand Magellan or Vasco da Gama but will make walks around the countryside and even townsinteresting The interspersion of the author s trips to the wilds of Borneo were also interesting, especially how some techniques were adaptable whereas others were not used by indigenous people.Fortunate to have been taught map reading and survival techniques when a young man there was still much I learnt A delightful easy reading guide to reading one s surroundings The book won t qualify you as Ferdinand Magellan or Vasco da Gama but will make walks around the countryside and even townsinteresting The interspersion of the author s trips to the wilds of Borneo were also interesting, especially how some techniques were adaptable whereas others were not used by indigenous people.Fortunate to have been taught map reading and survival techniques when a young man there was still much I learnt here, and many things that will make family walks fun even if my need to take a map and Kendal mint cake is still a part of my prep.Overall, there s something for everyone here whether you re city slicker, beach comber or hiker Ironically, when I choose this book to review I was looking forwarding to using it as a way to understand and enjoy the outdoorsthan I have and boost my skills It turned out that I wound up in the hospital for several weeks during the publishing date and I decided to read it anyway How lucky I was Not only did this city girl learnthan I thought possible about the outdoors but it also gave me an escape, an education and a way out of the hospital to new adventures in my mind I thin Ironically, when I choose this book to review I was looking forwarding to using it as a way to understand and enjoy the outdoorsthan I have and boost my skills It turned out that I wound up in the hospital for several weeks during the publishing date and I decided to read it anyway How lucky I was Not only did this city girl learnthan I thought possible about the outdoors but it also gave me an escape, an education and a way out of the hospital to new adventures in my mind I think pictures and better illustrations could only enhance this book Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to review this book for an honest opinion i wanted to like this book but it had several problems first, it s set in great britain and so much of the plants, trees, and weather he references hasapplication to there than north america second, it is basically just a large list of facts and interesting tidbits that have been divided my type this would be a FANTASTIC reference book if you re interested in trees, go to the section on trees if you re interested in plants, go to the section on plants, and so on reading this from st i wanted to like this book but it had several problems first, it s set in great britain and so much of the plants, trees, and weather he references hasapplication to there than north america second, it is basically just a large list of facts and interesting tidbits that have been divided my type this would be a FANTASTIC reference book if you re interested in trees, go to the section on trees if you re interested in plants, go to the section on plants, and so on reading this from start to finish becameof a task than a joy I don t usually buy books, but I am so happy that I bought this one I read it cover to cover the first time, and am now going back to study individual sections This will be an excellent reference book I m thrilled to explain some of the things I have learned to my sweet kindergartener You will find this book on my bookshelf ten years from now with a worn cover, dirt stains and years of notes in the margins. For me, this book was amazing For years, I have been trying to improve my observation of the world around me, with limited success This book has bumped me to the next level, as it has tied in with prior reading indeed the author s previous book was one piece of this reading, but it wasn t that prior book that led me to grok it and some observational and tracking training I have had, and just helped it all gel Don t get me wrong, I still have a huge distance to go with this, but this book h For me, this book was amazing For years, I have been trying to improve my observation of the world around me, with limited success This book has bumped me to the next level, as it has tied in with prior reading indeed the author s previous book was one piece of this reading, but it wasn t that prior book that led me to grok it and some observational and tracking training I have had, and just helped it all gel Don t get me wrong, I still have a huge distance to go with this, but this book has pushed me a good way forward and just made the world ainteresting place for me.If you are receptive, and ready for it, I think this book can literally open your eyes to things in the world that you may have been missing everyday It teaches you to really look at the environment you are in and truly notice it, to spot the clues all about you, make connections from them, and extrapolate something that was there to be found but was hidden You can use these techniques to find direction, or to discern the habits of things around you, or see into the past of the place you are in You will truly notice the blowing of the wind, the movement of clouds, the way the grass has bent in a paddock, how certain trees look like they have been lifting weights, or how another tree is tall when it should be short You will hear the different calls of birds, see how moss has grown in some places but not others, notice how one part of a street is just a littleworn than the the rest, wonder and answer what ivy and other vines are reaching for, and many other things You will start to notice where water has puddled, ants have made their nest, and perhaps perceive some of what has shaped the land you walk upon Tracks and trails will start to jump out at you You may even realise where it would be best to go to get a photograph of a rainbow at sunset Better still, you will notice all this and begin to perceive what story it is telling you about the place you are in It is all quite marvelous Some people can already do all that I know four people who can do this sort of thing as easily as breathing but I couldn t I couldn t even begin to do it Now It s not like breathing, not even close, but I am a lot better than I was Maybe I can begin now.To be helpful, let me suggest to you some traps I have noticed and that you can perhaps avoid if I point them out for this to work, you must walk with an open and questioning mind, seeing all there is to see and all the clues offered You must take it all in, and not tunnel your attention or observation for very long e.g trying to find direction from the clouds, or even trying to find direction from multiple sources lest you miss other clues The trick is not to seek direction, but discover it if it is there to be found.You must also never seek something to support an assumption you have or you will find it, but it will likely be wrong , but must see what is really there You must also notice when things change Do not rest upon your laurels This kind of information is usually highly situational and the clues will change as you move, and you must notice them change as they do Lastly, and this is the hardest thing, you must keep practicing every day because as soon as you forget and allow your attention to turn only inwards, then your eyes will close and your mind go to sleep, and you will once again start to miss the world around you.P.S It s not a trap, but FYI, this book is written for the northern hemisphere, specifically for the UK walker, and some specific facts and scenarios listed in the book do not apply elsewhere but a variation may well apply, if you think it through Do not try to rote learn signs and clues Ok book had some good tips I especially liked the astronomy tips at navigation and some good observations of nature and how to find things Not bad 8 26 18I have the same opinion of the book its ok. There s a lot of information, but jumbled together and with very few illustrations I found it difficult to follow or learn from The author certainly knows a lot about nature signs, but to me his way of sharing his knowledge does nothing to improve my understanding. This book is excellent, in that it is full of really cool facts and you ll come away with all kinds of obscure knowledge that you can use to annoy and mystify people with hey, did you know moonbows are a thing It s like a rainbow but at night.But it s also virtually impossible to just sit down and read as it lacks almost all narrative structure and is fundamentally like the guy you ve just met at a party who decides to tell you everything he knows about roots you re bored, but you sit and This book is excellent, in that it is full of really cool facts and you ll come away with all kinds of obscure knowledge that you can use to annoy and mystify people with hey, did you know moonbows are a thing It s like a rainbow but at night.But it s also virtually impossible to just sit down and read as it lacks almost all narrative structure and is fundamentally like the guy you ve just met at a party who decides to tell you everything he knows about roots you re bored, but you sit and nod because you re trying to be polite The information is interesting, in bite sized pieces, but it s so choppy that it s been impossible for me to read forthan 5 minutes a stretch Plus I often feel I would be better served trying to read it at a time I can actually practice what I ve learned.So maybe take this book with you on your next hike or camping trip or when you re stranded on an island it will be really great to have in those situations If you re looking for a beach read, however, keep looking It started out very slow and seemed like the author was just throwing out a lot of information The deeper I got into the book, theI enjoyed it Some things were explained beautifully, others left you hanging The author could have usedpictures and diagrams The ones he did use were quite helpful in explaining the material At times, it seemed a bit of a slog to get through the material I would rate it a 3.5, since that was not available, I rounded up.