The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs is a comprehensive guide to understanding the natural world around us. The book is the result of two decades of pioneering outdoors experience and six years of instructing, researching, and writing.
The author, Tristan Gooley, is an expert navigator who can navigate across oceans, wilderness, and cityscapes using only the natural clues around him.
The book covers a wide range of topics, including what the land, sun, moon, stars, trees, plants, animals, sky, and clouds can reveal when you know what to look for. It includes over 850 outdoor clues and signs that will allow you to make predictions and deductions during your walks.
The book is filled with fascinating insights into the natural world and how we can use it to our advantage.
The main themes of the book are natural signs, or indices, which are signs that are causally connected with their signified. The book explores the many clues and signs in nature that will allow you to make predictions and deductions during your walks.
Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of the natural world, from the roots of a tree indicating the sun’s direction to a budding flower pointing south.
What I Liked
Everything – and I’m so glad that this book exists. Even if these traditions can’t compete with apps and GPS…we absolutely should not lose touch with them. We need to preserve this kind of knowledge.
What I Did Not Like
Not a whole lot – great book. I still have it as reference.