Entries tagged "navigation course"
Last night I divided my time between two very different arenas of the modern human experience. I watched dross on TV, including some Jonathan Dross himself, but then I found the antidote to such inanity. I nipped out regularly to put markers down in the snow, as I watched the moon's shadows march west across the white.
I took some photos of the results of my moon shadow stick, together with a perfect north-south line, which I will be using on my Beginner's Guide to Natural Navigation courses. Yes, that is a bit of a tease, but…
My sources tell me that the first is a Magpie Inkcap (Coprinopsis picaceus) and the second is Green Elf Cup/Wood cup/Stain (Chlorociboria aeruginascens).
My thanks, in no particular order, to:Nick Weston, Brian and Ross Gardner.
A thousand apologies for that title.
Seriously now, are there any fungi experts out there?
Yesterday I came across these two rather fun specimens during a family walk in our local woods. Thought one was a Panther cap, but looks a bit too 'pointy'…
A thick cold damp mist is bogged in over the South Downs this morning. I haven't been out much this week as I seem to have been zooming up and down the A roads to the Royal Geographical Society and back. On Monday night it was the last president, Prof Sir Gordon Conway's farewell lecture followed by a black tie dinner with the new President, Michael Palin CBE. Good food for mind and body and, as always at the RGS, great company and stories round the tables.Yesterday I gave my Beginner's Guide to Natural Navigation course for another wonderfully…
Many thanks to Tessa for this email. Uplifting story and so much more real than some of the dusty books about ancient astronomy that I have been reading recently...Hi Tristan,I very much enjoyed the Natural Navigation course last week and am certainly much more aware of the position of the sun every day than I was before.As I was walking the dog this morning it came to mind that but for an awareness of natural navigation by my father I might not be here! My father was in POW camp in Italy during the war and was being moved by train into…
An engaging group for the Beginner's Guide to Natural Navigation course at the Royal Geographical Society yesterday. Diverse in age and interests as always. When we were discussing the difference in the sun's behaviour between the solstices and equinox it felt more poignant that we are so close to the autumnal equinox itself. We looked at a model of the Earth orbiting the sun, then shifted our attention to shadows. A couple of days ago I took advantage of the sunshine to practice what I preach.This chalk line in this picture shows the shadow tips joined over a period of…
I have just been sent some photos from a private course I ran in the South Downs on Friday afternoon. The three navigators were Dom, Rog and Hamish, all of South African heritage. Hamish can be seen here, fighting his way through the best that the South Downs can offer in the way of 'bush'. We discussed many things during the course, some of them wonderfully off-topic, including Zulus and radioactive aliens.Someone mentioned that tennis courts have to be aligned a certain way to be LTA approved and so I thought I'd try to investigate this interesting notion.
During the Beginner's Guide course at West Dean College today we watched a few minutes from the unique film, 'The Navigators'.The film is about Mau Pialug, one of a very small number of Pacific Islanders still skilled in using traditional Pacific navigation methods. He explains his use of the stars and swell and demonstrates the methods using rocks on the beach, before embarking on an epic voyage without using instruments.Mau Pialug went on to play an important role in the founding of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, a non-profit organisation dedicated to preserving the traditional navigation methods.