In Car Library

Submitted: Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 22:24
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When away on a trip, I carry a few books to help identify Birds Bugs and Bushes.
The main one's I carry are
Wild Flowers of WA
Field Guide to Australian Birds
A Field Guide to Insects in Australia
Green Book of Spiders
Tracks, Scats and Other Traces
Mammals of Australia
Wildflowers and Plants of Inland Australia
Field Guide of the Plants of Outback SA

What other books do Forumites take away on their travels.

Friends of our usually take away about 30 different reference books some of which can cost several hundred dollars especially ones on trees but thats their thing when away.
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Reply By: Dave198 - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 23:02

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 23:02
I have 2 books not mentioned there in your list.
Photographic guide to snakes and other reptiles of Australia, Gary Swan
venomous creatures of australia (with guides on first aid) Dr S Sutherland.(Excellent)
With all the different settings on the digital cameras too, I always have the manual for the camera too, for maybe a 'difficult shot' not handled by 'auto mode'.
I keep on forgetting how to adjust the flash or macro or something.

Dave
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Reply By: Nick R - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 23:15

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 23:15
when travelling in a group:
a dictionary, good for word games with friends, needs to be a reasonable size with a good selection of unusual words, everyone writes down what they think the definition, pass to the left or right, then read the one you get out, everyone chooses which one they think is right, can be hilarious at times.

what was a virago??? what does an oenologist do???

lets hope we do not meet a virago in our travels.......

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Reply By: Footloose - Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 00:34

Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 00:34
A couple of very thick novels and a deck of cards. If I break down I pretend to play cards. Pretty soon someone will stop, look over my shoulder and say "listen ol fella, thats not how the game is played " :))))
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 01:13

Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 01:13
The genera bible as far as reptiles goes is A COMPLETE GUIDE TO REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA BY STEVE WILSON AND GERRY SWAN or if interested in wa only then
LIZARDS OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA SKINKS, GHECKOS AND PYGOPODS, DRAGONS AND MONITERS, SNAKES OF WA BY STORR, SMITH AND JOHNSTON (4 books)
as far as flower go I have about 4 books and none go close due to the mega diversity of WA flowers
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 08:05

Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 08:05
UBD Adelaide

Honda Service Record

Usually a sheet of those tear off vouchers for Pizza Hut, which we get in our junk mail

3 week old local Messenger newspaper

Coles dockets which fell out of the green bags, they got stuff on the back you can read, and cut out & stuff

One of Rhiannan's Dan Brown novels. It's been trodden on, and about four pages, near the end of the book are missing, so I think I'll quit while I'm ahead, and won't start reading it, 'cause I KNOW I'll never know how it ends....

Cheers

Wolfie

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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 11:51

Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 11:51
Wolfie ,
Not books but what about a few MacDonalds french Fries ? No rear seat area is complete without those . Maybe also just a couple of pieces of Leggo .
Willie
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Reply By: Mike Harding - Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 08:24

Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 08:24
Three books which always go with me:
Australian Bush Survival Skills, Kevin Casey
The Snakes of Victoria, Museum of Victoria
Rudyard Kipling, The Complete Verse (collected poetry)

Sometimes:
A Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Graham Pizzey
The ARRL Antenna Book
Some of Ron Edwards bush skills books
The Constant Gardner, John LeCarre
The Lord of the Rings. JRR Tolkien
Various novels

The only reason I would take a Dan Brown novel was in case I felt I might run out of loo paper or firelighters :)

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 12:55

Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 12:55
Careful Mike...

I might hit on you..... you New Age Sensitive Guy you...... poetry....

Lustful Wolf...
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 13:11

Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 13:11
Look mate, I'm pretty butch too! Notice the book on bush survival skills? I can wrestle a crocodile and come out of it with a new handbag!

Anyway Wolfie, I never knew you felt this way about me - although it's perfectly understandable :)

Perhaps we should elope together (as long as you bring your little dog)? We could sit around the camp fire reading poetry to one-another? (Just not bloody Robert Frost!).

Which leads me right into the old joke; "Do you like Kipling?" – to which you reply; "I don't know, I've never kippled".

Mike Harding :)

http://www.poetryloverspage.com/poets/kipling/kipling_ind.html
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Reply By: V8Diesel - Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 09:45

Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 09:45
I've got a swag of those little "what ???? is that?" books published by CALM WA. Great stuff.
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 11:23

Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 11:23
Mr Lexic ,

"Eucalyptus" - Brooker
"Key Guide Australian Reptiles and Amphibians" - Cronin
"A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia " - Menkhorst
"Australian Freshwater Life " - Williams
"Key Guide to Australian Palms Ferns" - Cronin
"Mammal Tracks and Signs " - Triggs
"A field Guide to Australian Trees " - Holliday
"A Guide to Plants of Inland Australia " - Moore
"The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds " various Slaters

There are more desert plant books and bird books , but I have put the bag in a "safe place " and they are temporarily lost !

Cheers
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Reply By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 13:22

Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 13:22
DL, what about -
Wildflowers & Plants of Inland Australia, Anne Urban (good for the SD)
Aust. Field Guide to Wildflowers
Dunny Roll (preferably plain not flowered) to write letters on when broken down.
Australian Eucapypts
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Reply By: Member - bushfix - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 11:41

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 11:41
G'day,

as far as flora and fauna reference guides go...

Burnum Burnum and Les Hiddens Bushtucker Reference Guide.

These are compact books with plenty of info.
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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 12:12

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 12:12
G'day Des and others,

OK, I have printed this thread so I can update my library. I only ever took the field guide for birds but can see the merit in a lot of the books mentioned and some other like a first aid book of sorts.

My question is where the hell do you store this stuff? There are millions of threads about travelling lightly and this stuff weighs a tonne – so give me some clues. I reckon another 100 kilos won’t make a difference when I travel.

Kind regards
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 17:08

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 17:08
That won't be a problem when this hits the shelves:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/03/25/sony_launches_true_electronic_book/
http://www.threadwatch.org/node/5219

Looks like just the sort of thing I've been waiting for.

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 21:22

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 21:22
When I made up the _Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx in the back of the vehicle, I included a drawer specifically for books, those extra maps, spare batteries etc. etc.
Friends carry a milk crate that is choc a block with their books.
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Reply By: Mike DiD - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 17:22

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 17:22
Hey, there's more to the Australian bush than just plants and animals . ....

Australian Fungi - Bruce Fuhrer
Common Australian Fungi - Tony Young

How else will you identify Aseroe Rubra when you seen its brilliant red arms and smelly spores.

You even help identify the distribution of fungi across Australia.
http://fungimap.rbg.vic.gov.au/fsp/fsp.html

Mike
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