“Natural navigation is the rare art of finding your way using nature”

Tristan Gooley | Author of “How to Read Water”


Heiligenschein or Halo Effect

Here is a lovely example of Heiligenschein, or 'halo effect'. When a bright light source is directly behind us, we see a brighter ring around the shadow of our head. The direct light means fewer shadows in that area, but light is also reflected back…

Sea Foam

Sea foam is a sign of two things: agitation and surfactants. Sea foam forms when water is whipped up by the wind or churned by waves or both, but it only forms when there are chemicals in the sea known as 'surfactants'. Surfactants can be…

BBC Sky at Night

Tristan Gooley teaches BBC Sky at Night presenter Chris Lintott how he finds his way through the woods at night using the stars and a 'handrail'. BBC Sky at Night - Wonders of the Night Sky