I wanted to like this book but it had several problems
it s set in Traditions Of Maimonideanism (Ijs Studies In Judaica) great britain and so much of plants trees and weather he references has application 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 treeso to
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the section on trees if you re interested in plants o to the section on plants and so on reading section on trees if you re interested in plants o to the section on plants and so on reading from start to finish became of a task than a joy I don t usually buy books but a task than a joy I don t usually buy books but am so happy that I bought this one I read it cover to cover the first time and am now oing 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 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 nightBut it s also virtually impossible to just sit down and read as it lacks almost all narrative structure and is fundamentally like the uy 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 for than 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 learnedSo 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 Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War great to have in those situations If you re looking for a beach read however keep looking A delightful easy readinguide to reading one s surroundings The book won t ualify you as Ferdinand Magellan or Vasco da Gama but will make walks around the countryside and even towns interesting The interspersion of the author s trips to the wilds of Borneo were also interesting especially how some techniues were adaptable whereas others were not used by indigenous peopleFortunate to have been taught map reading and survival techniues when a young man there was still much I 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 th. Earnt 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 prepOverall there s something for everyone here whether you re city slicker beach comber or hiker Ok book had some ood tips I especially liked re city slicker beach comber or hiker Ok book had some ood tips I especially liked astronomy tips at navigation and some The Magic Question good observations of nature and how to find things Not bad 82618I have the same opinion of the book its ok Should be titled Some vague tips about noticing your landscape if you find yourself in the middle of a long walk in Britain without the aid of a GPS This book indeed had a different title in the UK where it was originally published and with respect to its intended audience Disappointing for the Yankees suckered in by its misleading title Ironically when I choose this book to review I was looking forwarding to using it as a way to understand and enjoy the outdoors than 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 cityirl learn than I class="483e6b3c12d83a12ece811a83cd4149b" style="color: #000099; font-size: 19px;">"thought possible about the outdoors but it also ave me escape an education and a way out of the " possible about the outdoors but it also ave me an escape an education and a way out of the 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 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 America Lost and Found: An English Boy's Wartime Adventure in the New World grok it and some observational and tracking training I have had and just helped it allel Don t American Pronghorn: Social Adaptations and the Ghosts of Predators Past get me wrong I still have a huge distance too with this but this book has pushed me a An Audience of Artists: Dada, Neo-Dada, and the Emergence of Abstract Expressionism good way forward and just made the world a interesting place for meIf 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 techniues 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 therass has bent in a paddock how certain trees look like they have been lifting weights or how another tree is tall when it should. E 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 than 850 tips for forecasting tracking and athered from decades spent walking Be short You will hear the different calls of birds See How Moss Has Grown In Some Places But Not how moss has rown in some places but not notice how one part of a street is just a little worn 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 other things You will start to notice where water has 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 Aristotle's Rhetoric: An Art of Character go toet 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 uite marvelousSome 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 nowTo 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 uestioning 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 longeg 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 foundYou 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 Anthropology as Cultural Critique: An Experimental Moment in the Human Sciences go to sleep and you will once again start to miss the world around youPS 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 It started out very slow and seemed like the author was just throwing out a lot of information The deeper Iot into the book the I enjoyed it Some things were explained beautifully others left you hanging The author could have used pictures and diagrams The ones he did use were uite helpful in explaining the material At time. He 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 loo.
I wanted to like this book but it had several problems