Turn Every Walk into a Game of Detection
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!
British naturalist Gooley (The Natural Navigator) encourages readers to get outdoors and explore the world around them in this handy, fact-filled guide. He plays detective by reading signs in rocks, clouds, and trees. Rather than give information on specific locations, Gooley lays out "techniques that can be applied on any walk in almost any area." Beginning with discussions about the "ground, the sky, the plants and animals," he explains how to survey landscapes by looking at shape, overall character, routes, tracks, edges, and detail a method he devised that goes by the acronym SORTED. For example, understanding the contours of a map before setting out on a hike improves the likelihood that hikers will be "greeted with tea and Mars bars" upon their return "instead of helicopters and news crews." Subsequent sections on clouds and cloud formations cumulonimbus, cumulus, cirrus, cirrostratus are designed to help spot trends in weather patterns. 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.