Tracking. How to read something left behind. A meditation approach.
This is 5 day old, Scat. More than likely left by a fox. Berries are a scavengers fall back.
Stop think, listen, smell and look.
Let us begin this way. Read each one of these and visualize the animal. I hope I use familiar examples. They are found in many urban trail places and in parks and on the edge of cities. So you could find their tracks or even see them with little effort.
This exercise puts your mind somewhat right for tracking.
Big fat man
Petite young woman
Now pick out a few that you know live around you. Slow down and do it again.
If this photo overwhelms you just breathe in and out and think
This part is just plain fun
First practice – get ready this is exciting. Get out a pair of your best walking shoes/boots. Get out you favorite socks. Now go get the vacuum, vacuum your most plush carpet or rug and you worst.
Walk barefoot across the areas. Put socks on and walk across the area. Put your boots on and do the same. Now examine. Can you tell which direction you were walking? Can you tell which print went down first? On the worse carpet it may be good to take a light and shine it from off to the side.
I would suggest playing with this a bit. Pick up 30 lbs and do it again, note differences. Now intentionally walk with your toe down first, and then with your heel down first. Run at it and stop on it. Go ahead and crawl on it to notice the imprints. And last have someone else you cannot see do the walking and then come out and check out your new skill.
Can you imagine tracking a Hawk? How about a deer on huge rock field?
Go some place. Clear your head. Look straight down in front of you and begin to walk. Stop and look behind you. You know you just walked there, now find the signs. You know your size and weight and how fast you were going. Try to find evidence to support that knowledge. Try to track back a ways reliving how you walked, find evidence of every step. See how darn smart you are.
Can you see the pony in your head? How about the horse?
I hope these pictures give you something to look for in your neck of the woods. They are just kind of fun and I bet you now realize, it is very helpful to have several tracks to read from as one print may be an anomaly.
Pay special attention to the pony print. I could not find enough to convince me, and that is what convinced me. Always grasshopper,” be as aware of what is not as you are of what is.”
Now back to the visualization. Keep at that process. Do some research, get a really good picture of the animal. (do not worry in another hub I will explain about the vegetation and how to read that.) I hope these photos help you visualize remnants of what was.