Entries tagged "puddles"

Obstacles and Opportunities

2010-10-28

Those who have been kind enough to spare a few moments to notice my strange interests will be well aware that I like a puddle. The puddle tells a story, one of rain, sun and wind, but it is not alone and lives as part of a bigger family of obstacles. The fallen tree or branch that blocks our path is so often relegated in our thoughts, if it reaches them at all, to a lowly hindrance not worthy of consideration. But, for those who care to look for them, all obstacles contain a story. Storms, failing ground,…

A Flower Pot Compass

2010-03-22

There is a really good attempt to give a flavour of the whole subject of natural navigation in an article in the Independent today by Tim Walker. Tim came for a walk in London to sample natural navigation urban-style.Anyway, flower pot time. Take a look at this photo that I took yesterday just before lunch. Note the wet ground in the shade and how the shadow of the pot has moved 'up' leaving a wet area in its wake. The shadow is moving west to east, away from the camera. As it is close to the middle of the…

The Glamour... The Romance... The Mud...

2008-11-27

There are those that suspect the Natural Navigator's life to consist of lying on the teak deck of a yacht musing about celestial bodies. It has happened, I cannot deny, and I do not wish to dampen such fanciful ideas, but it is not the bread and butter of this business.There is a scene from that great movie, Point Break, where Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) is being shown round his new workplace, the armed robbery division of the LA FBI. His new boss is keen to dispel any romantic notions his green recruit may have of…