The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs

Posted: August 08, 2019
The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs
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When Tristan Gooley talks about The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs, he doesn't mean the ones that say, "Stay on trail," "Pack it in, pack it out," and "No camping," but based on human idiocy, ignorance, and obsession with the perfect Instagram shot, someone should write that book too.

Here, though, outdoorsman Gooley endeavors to teach us natural navigation, or, as he puts it, the ability to Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals - and Other Forgotten Skills. Specifics the author has learned over his years outdoors include:

  • Tree roots indicate the sun's directions.
  • The Big Dipper tells the time.
  • Passing butterflies predict the weather (and, of course, according to Chaos Theory as explained by Dr. Ian Malcolm, change it with a flap of their wings.)
  • Sand dunes communicate prevailing wind.
  • A scent of cinnamon indicates altitude.
  • Budding flowers point south.

In all, The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs shares over 850 tips for forecasting, tracking, and learning about life through the land that provides it.

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