How to read nature

awaken your senses to the outdoors you've never noticed : taste direction, smell time, hear the weather, and more

168 pages

English language

Published Dec. 24, 2017

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"When most of us go for a walk, a single sense--sight--tends to dominate our experience. But when...Tristan Gooley goes for a walk, he uses all five senses to "read" everything nature has to offer. A single lowly weed can serve as his compass, calendar, clock, and even pharmacist. n How to Read Nature, Gooley introduces readers to his world--where the sky, sea, and land teem with marvels."--Page 4 of cover.

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Changing perspective by reconnecting with nature

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These days, people spend a huge amount of time in front of screens, largely disconnected from nature. Author Tristan Gooley implores his readers to back away from their computers, take a walk outside, and start becoming familiar with the natural world around them. By becoming familiar with nature, its inhabitants, its rhythms, its interconnectedness, its beauty, and its conflicts, one begins to appreciate their own place within it. It allows for a new perspective on the world and a new way of thinking. Merely glancing at the sky and observing what clouds are present, what direction they're moving, and how they develop over time allows you to make reasonably accurate short-term weather forecasts. Knowing local plant species offers natural foraging opportunities, or insights into the animals that are present. Observing wildflowers can tell you the time of day; observing the trees can tell you the season or the month. Learning …


  • Senses and sensation
  • Outdoor life
  • Nature