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Tom Brown's Field Guide to Nature Observation and Tracking Paperback – October 15, 1986
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The book teaches a lot of good stuff about tracking, but its best material, I think, is its section on nature observation: on learning to have a wider range of vision, to see more peripherally, to be quieter, and to be more aware of one's surroundings.
"The tragedy in life is not what men suffer, but what they miss," Tom Brown quotes Thomas Carlyle as saying, and this book is all about helping you not to miss so much.
The book contains great advice and tips on building sweat lodges (to cleanse your body and mind and increase your awareness), on getting more out of your outdoor experiences,on getting closer to wild animals, and on letting the outdoors free life from its tensions.
The book is also full of little exercises designed to heighten your awareness.
My favorite is one where you use sticks to frame a single square foot of outdoor ground. Then you stare at it from a standing position, making note of everything within it: little rocks, a plant, a hole here or there. Then you kneel down and study it from that level: all of a sudden you can see mouse pellets, tiny bugs, and seed husks around the holes on the ground. Then you get down on your stomach and put your face right up to it: suddenly you can see where beetles have nibbled the plant's leaves, you can see the footprints of mice, and you can see the holes are deep, and wider than you'd thought. Then, after about an hour of fascinated scrutiny, you stand up, and the square foot, and all the ground around it seems to pop and buckle, as the realization of how much was all around begins to hit you.Read more ›
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Fast shipping and was a gift, as far as i know all worked out well.Published 1 month ago by Marianne Takacs
Lots of people question this book. Some of its knowledge you will say after well duh I should have known that. Problem is you didn't otherwise you wouldn't be looking at it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. White
Very good book. Tom Brown brings up a lot of common sense ways to improve your appreciation of nature as well as enhancing my ability as a tracker. Read morePublished 6 months ago by L. H. Cook
Bought this for a oung huner - she loves it and finds it very useful for tracking and observing.Published 8 months ago by Moira Minch
Where to start? There are bits of wisdom here and there, but it is buried in a lot of pompous egotistical nonsense. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Michael Mathews
It's always good to have a fiels guide written by someone who knows what they're talking about. Need more like him.Published 14 months ago by Janet B. Cundiff