How to Read Nature

How to Read Nature

Awaken your Senses to the Outdoors You've Never Noticed : Taste Direction, Smell Time, Hear the Weather, and More

Book - 2017
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Nobody wakes up in the morning and decides to shut down their senses and stumble through each day in an oblivious bubble, and yet some people end up having much richer experiences than others.

In How to Read Nature, natural navigator Tristan Gooley strives to reawaken our senses to help us understand and deepen our personal experience of nature. His message is to connect—however we can, and to whatever draws us in. As Gooley is the first to recognize, “Nature is not one big pile. Plants set some people on fire and douse the enthusiasms of others.”

Some readers will find they have a knack for predicting rain, or that, after ten minutes of trying to draw a tree, they will never look at one the same way again. For others, the landscape will come to life once they see everything from butterflies to bears as locked in a Darwinian struggle for survival.

By pairing his philosophy with 15 simple exercises, Gooley invites readers who have shared his previous adventures to go out and make their own discoveries. But all are likely to discover this: One consequence of starting to notice new things is [to] notice how little we have been noticing.

Equal parts alfresco inspiration, interesting factoids, how-to instructions and self-help advice.”—The Wall Street Journal

When most of us go for a walk, a single sense—sight—tends to dominate our experience. But when New York Times–bestselling author and expert navigator Tristan Gooley goes for a walk, he uses all ?ve senses to “read” everything nature has to offer. A single lowly weed can serve as his compass, calendar, clock, and even pharmacist.

In How to Read Nature, Gooley introduces readers to his world—where the sky, sea, and land teem with marvels. Plus, he shares 15 exercises to sharpen all of your senses. Soon you’ll be making your own discoveries, every time you step outside!

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Describes how the author uses all five of his senses to read everything nature has to offer.

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An expert on natural navigation invites readers to experience the outdoors like never before by combining his philosophy with 15 simple exercises that he hopes will reawaken the senses and help people their own discoveries about the natural world around them.

Publisher: New York, NY : Experiment, 2017
ISBN: 9781615194292
Branch Call Number: 508 G643h
Characteristics: 168 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Alternative Title: How to connect with nature


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AnnabelleLee27 Sep 05, 2018

An inspiring little book which heartily encourages the reader to engage with nature by looking more closely at their surroundings and by allowing themselves to be curious about what they encounter with their senses no matter how humble. The author convincingly proposes that this endeavor to connect with nature, besides being good for us, can result in truly inspired originality in our thinking and creative ideas.


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