How to Read a Tree: Clues and Patterns from Bark to Leaves (Hardcover)

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From NYT–bestselling author Tristan Gooley, an eye-opening adventure into the secret language of trees, unveiling clues hidden in branches, roots, leaves, and more

In his extraordinary books about the overlooked layers of the natural world—including The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs and The Natural Navigator—Tristan Gooley has helped readers reconnect with nature by searching for secrets in stars, clouds, water, and more. Now, he turns his attention to perhaps nature’s most beloved feature: the stately, majestic tree.

Every single tree tells us an epic story if we know how to read it. This book uncovers the marvelous wonders of branches, trunks, canopies, bark, buds, flowers, stumps, and more. A pale line down the center of a leaf indicates water is nearby. A touch of reddish or purple bark signals new growth. Low-growing, young branches reveal a tree is struggling to survive. Tapping into this silent language of trees sharpens our understanding of the environment—to read a tree is to paint a unique portrait of the surrounding land, soil, weather, animals, people, and even time. You’ll never see a tree the same way again.

About the Author

New York Times–bestselling author Tristan Gooley has led expeditions on five continents, climbed mountains in three, and is the only living person to have both flown and sailed solo across the Atlantic. His more than two decades of pioneering outdoor experience include research among tribal peoples in some of the remotest regions on Earth.

Praise For…

“Gooley interprets clues like a private investigator of the wilds. . . . For those inclined to solve mysteries written into the landscape, this author’s lead is one they’ll want to follow.”The Wall Street Journal

“You will never look at a tree in the same way again after reading this mesmerizing book. Gooley drops learning as lightly as a blossom falls in spring.”—John Lewis-Stempel, author of The Wood
“Tristan Gooley has done trees the greatest service.”—Isabella Tree, author of Wilding

Praise for The Secret World of Weather:

An Indie Next Pick

“Gooley marshals a riveting compendium of weather-reading skills. . . . He has plenty of facts at his fingertips with which to excite.”—The Times

“[An] ingenious collection of tips and tricks for analyzing and anticipating weather phenomena. . . . The wealth of wisdom on offer is impressive. Adventurers in the making will find this worth returning to.”—Publishers Weekly

“This is one of those books that makes you look at your environment in a different, more poetic way.”—Guardian

“In sharing a lifetime’s worth of exploration and insight, [Gooley] awakens readers to the wonders of the weather and our respective microclimates.”—Kirkus Reviews

“After 40 years as a professional meteorologist, I’ve looked at the weather through Tristan Gooley’s fresh eyes and seen new things.”—Peter Gibbs, weatherman and BBC Presenter

“The trouble with reading Tristan’s new book is that he makes me feel like I’ve been walking around with my eyes closed. . . . His books are so packed with interesting facts.”—Al Humphreys, adventurer, motivational speaker, and author of Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes

“A timely book to help us as we get back into the outdoors. The Secret World of Weather is a thrill ride through the signs and secrets of clouds, winds, dewdrops and sunlight. A fascinating read in itself, it's also as practical as ever.”—Country Walking

“Gooley’s skill is to piece it all together, make it interesting—and go deeper.”—Cross Country

“This breezy new book reveals how to read nature’s very own weather forecast. . . . Full of fascinating trivia.”—Daily Mail

“A book that chimes strongly for all sailors.”—Sailing Today

“I would recommend this book to all who seek explanations of the incredible variety of natural sights and sounds detectable in the open air.”—Weather, journal of the Royal Meteorological Society

The Secret World of Weather frames itself early on as an aid to forecasting. . . . But it’s really much more than that. It’s about the ecology of weather, how the movement of air and the heat of the sun negotiate with the forms of hill and tree and building to generate the most wondrous variety of phenomena.”—The Telegraph
Product Details
ISBN: 9781615199433
ISBN-10: 1615199438
Publisher: The Experiment
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2023
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Natural Navigation