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 (Natural Navigation) PDF AZW3 EPUB MOBI TXT Download

Turn every walk into a game of detection—from master outdoorsman Tristan Gooley, New York Times-bestselling author of The Secret World of Weather and The Natural Navigator When 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 more than 850 tips for forecasting, tracking, and more, 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! Publisher’s Note: The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs was previously published in the UK under the title The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs.

Tristan Gooley
July 31, 2015
416 pages

File Size: 53 MB
Available File Formats: PDF AZW3 DOCX EPUB MOBI TXT or Kindle audiobook Audio CD(Several files can be converted to each other)
Language: English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol, Deutsch, chinese

Winner of the Outdoor Book of the Year, The Great Outdoors Awards 2015, 2015 INDIEFAB Honorable Mention for Adventure & Recreation “Gooley interprets clues like a private investigator of the wilds, leaving no stone unturned . . . For those inclined to solve mysteries written into the landscape, this author’s lead is one they’ll want to follow.”—The Wall Street Journal “[Gooley] has become the global expert on natural navigation, finding his way around the world using nothing but natural clues and pointers. His discovery (made on a sailing expedition to Iceland)—that if, when at sea, you see more than 10 birds in any given five minute window this means you are within 40 miles of land—has become part of the British military’s survival guidance.”—The Daily Beast “How rare to find a book that is truly brilliant. The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs, by Tristan Gooley, is brilliant in the English slang sense (as in being terrific); it is brilliant in its comprehensive conveyance of all the ways to interpret natural and man-made landscapes; and brilliance glitters from Gooley’s sparkling wit.”—Foreword “Gooley’s comprehensive volume should pique the curiosity of budding nature-lovers and is ideal for anyone keen on forging a deeper connection with the land.”—Publishers Weekly “While Gooley’s tips encompass useful, practical ways to predict a change in weather, determine when a predator may be prowling and find true North at night, his true gift is in igniting curiosity and wonder about the world around us.”—Shelf Awareness “In terms of sheer did-you-knows per page it is one of the richest, densest, most rewarding books on nature I have read in a long time . . . its joy in deduction is infectiously delightful.”—James McConnachie, The Sunday Times “I for one will never look at the . . . countryside in quite the same way again.”—Stephen Moss, Countryfile Magazine “Gooley can show the most moonstruck how to interpret their surroundings. Even the intrepid Bear Grylls could learn a trick or two from this book.”—The Times “Feel more confident in your outdoorsiness!”—BookRiot “Anyone interested in walking out of doors at any time would be well advised to read this excellent book.”—The Royal Institute of Navigation “As with his earlier, equally important The Natural Navigator, this text is densely packed with information, engagingly and clearly written . . . Every outdoor-lover should have at least one Tristan Gooley book in their library. He’s attained national treasure status, as useful and educative as he is endearingly unique.”—The Great Outdoors magazine “Learning so much […] that I might have to take another long walk”—Nicholas Crane About the Author New York Times–bestselling author Tristan Gooley has led expeditions on five continents, climbed mountains in three, and is the only living person to have both flown and sailed solo across the Atlantic. His more than two decades of pioneering outdoor experience include research among tribal peoples in some of the remotest regions on Earth. <div id="

  • It wasn’t what I expected, I thought the book was going to be more in easy to read tips and other information on Reading Nature’s signs. I wasn’t expecting to read about the author’s life experiences. I found it to be boring.
  • Not a very good book.. Some guys comments as he meandered about.. Information he shares appears to be based heavily on the the Bibliography list which is very long….. I have 31 years of Backpacking and over 30,000 miles of trail traveling… I would not recommend this book..
  • These two books are EXACTLY the same
  • Depending on your own personality, Tristan Gooley is either the world’s most interesting hiking partner…or…you will want to kill him within five minutes of getting out of the car. The man knows a lot about most aspects of nature, is quite observant, and loves to share his knowledge. If you feel that is enjoyable, you will like this book.=== The Good Stuff ===* Gooley has hiked in many locations throughout the world, including many in the US, Britain, Asia and Africa. He makes detailed observations, and shares both his insights and his methods for making those determinations. His wisdom includes traditional book knowledge, lessons and lore passed on from the natives, and common sense deduction. It is a remarkable tour de force of botany, biology, geology and astronomy.* While the author spends a lot of time on specific observations, the real lesson of the book is how to develop an attitude of curiosity. While many of us might see “just a tree”, Gooley sees a navigational aid, a history of the area, and clues about the local topography, climate and civilization. While these insights can span the range from useful through trivial and even go all the way to arcane, they do serve as a motivation to make your own observations and deductions. It is sort of a cross between John Muir and Sherlock Holmes.* There are a few useful gems for just about anyone. Even city dwellers will find some enjoyment in Gooley’s astronomy observations, and while much of his hiking experience is in Britain, he also discusses the flora and fauna of many parts of the United States.* Some of the best parts of the book were the time spent with “exotic” cultures. For example, from spending time on Borneo, we find the natives use some very remarkable means of navigation, and prefer to think of “upstream and downstream” rather than the Western concepts of “east and west”.=== The Not-So-Good Stuff ===* I was expecting more of a practical “how-to”, but the book is more of a motivational lecture on letting your own knowledge and observations run wild. For example, there are a number of tips for determining direction. There is the familiar “moss on the north side of trees”, rule, but there are seemingly hundreds of other techniques of direction finding. More than you could possibly remember, and indeed, more than I was interested in.* Gooley has a habit of referring to plants by their common name. This can be a little problematic, since the US and Britain can not even agree on what “corn” means. I would have preferred plants be referenced also by their Latin names to avoid any confusion.* Many of the observations become almost overwhelming and frustrating. The author has spent time with some very interesting cultures, and I would have liked to see more information on some of their novel technologies (such as the upstream/downstream navigation previously mentioned) rather than more mundane trivia.=== Summary ===If you are expecting a “Fieldbook”, I think you will be somewhat disappointed in this work. While there are numerous “tricks” for getting information about your environment, they are not organized in any way to reference them other than your memory. Rather, the book is more of a motivational guide to learning to trust your instincts and observations about your environment. I found the book enjoyable, but would have liked to see it edited a bit tighter.=== Disclaimer ===I was able to read an advance copy through the courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley
  • Completely blown away buy this book. First, the cover is beautiful! Qhen it came in i was a tiny bit disappointed because it was not as beautiful inside as it was on the cover and it was much thicker than i had expected. I had intended to have my children read it during family reading hr but after seeing the thickness i felt like it may discourage young readers. So my husband began reading it and after reading only a chapter he made us all sit down to listen. Its well written and the words and good info makes up for the lack of color on the pages. The kids have each picked it up at different points and flipped through to a chapter about something they are wondering about. My son read about trees one day and my daughter read about lighting strikes on a day we where seeing lots of lighting. They use it kinda like a reference when they come across something in nature they dont know or understand. My husband and i are both reading it in order and have read out loud to the kids when we come to a section we find really interesting. This book makes you want to go outside and look for the signs you learn. I can no longer drive down the road without looking for the “wedge effect” on a tree line not to mention various other things that make even a short outing seem like a bit of a scavenger hunt. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves learning.
  • I love the content of this book, however, my copy fell apart by the end of the first chapter. Super bummed.
  • I originally got this book out of the library, but it was so good and was packed with so much information that I bought a copy. In it he describes all kinds of fascinating clues you can observe in the world around you (both in nature and in towns) that lead to interesting deductions. He describes how to find North based on all kinds of different plants, how to understand animal and human footprints, how to read the stars, how to easily calculate the phase of the moon at any future or past date, how to understand development patterns in a city, and on and on. Tristan clearly has gotten plenty of ‘dirt time’ to refine his observations – this isn’t an armchair guy who has just brought together a lot of ideas originally developed by other people.This book has transformed the way I view the world while out in nature.
  • I bought this book because I have a horrible sense of direction. What turned out to be fun was using some of the new learned skills with my grand daughter. We used a cell phone app to check our assumptions about directors and took photos of interesting finds on walks.
  • This is British. Not as helpful for Canada and Britain. However, I was able to get some things out of it. Had I known it was British, I probably would not have purchased. What little I can apply to Canada is not worth the price of the book. Not going to return it though as it is interesting . . . and one never knows when a trip to Britain comes up! lol
  • Lots of detail… more for the ‘reader’ less for a casual ‘almanac story’ enthusiast. Reads like a continuous novel versus many “quick tip” nature books. Would do well with some added illustrations… but VERY informative!
  • I love to read and I love books and this title soared right into my Top 10. Within minutes of starting to read it, I had gained useful knowledge I could apply practically right away on my next hike outdoors. The first thing I learned about was inversion and found out how it was affecting the outdoors region near my home. Each page I learned something new to look for while in nature. One of the most purposeful books I’ve come across in 40 years.
  • Well, it’s not bad, but it’s just not interesting, considering how exciting can the subject matter be… The narrative is very choppy, and hard to follow – it’s like a recording of an old guy telling everything he learned over the years in one 10 hour session non-stop. There are interesting bits and pieces, but at some point you just stop caring and zone out. The way it’s organized makes it very hard to find anything, so doesn’t work as a reference book either. Lack of vivid colour illustrations in a book which talks a lot about noticing things in nature is counterproductive…Really wanted to like it, but it’s just not that good. Would be way better with quarter of information, but better organized and illustrated.
  • This book has so many little tidbits and anecdotes about walking and being a natural investigator! Thoughtfully organized to try and keep related bits together, I had a blast reading about how to predict different things based on different conditions, and there was so much that was applicable no matter where you’re adventuring! I found some of the personal stories a bit slow, but it was worth it for those juicy nature facts.A must have if you love knowing about the world around you!
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