Meet Kathy Keeler
Kathy Keeler received her Ph.D. in genetics from the University of California, Berkeley. She was a professor of biology (plant ecology) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for 31 years. From the early 1990s she conducted ecological research on plants of Colorado foothills
ecosystems and in 2006 moved to northern Colorado.
She became A Wandering Botanist in 2013 because she felt that stories like those in this book needed to be more widely shared. Today she writes and speaks about the curious botany, fascinating history and strange folklore of plants.
Most plant books are for figuring out the plant’s name. But that’s not enough! Each plant has stories—botanical quirks, folklore, uses. This book shares stories of 15 easy-to-find plants, so they’re not just names. Common plants provide a natural needle and thread or homes for wildlife or spices.
Did you know?
- Stickleaf opens its flowers only at 4 pm?
- The bush morning glory is poisonous because it has a fungus inside its leaves and stems?
- Butterflies love Rocky Mountain bee plant?
These and more are the stories told in this book, of 15 of the most common and easiy-recognized plants found around Lake McConaughy.
“Kathy Keeler’s Look Twice: 15 Plants to Notice at Lake Mcconaughey, is exactly the kind of small book that will greatly enrich any visitor’s experience at this popular tourist destination. The photographs are excellent, and the 15 chosen plants are inescapable elements of the regional beauty. Dr. Keeler also has a perfect sense of what to tell us about these species—stories that stick in your mind, thus becoming part of your conversations back home. And like her other Wandering Botanist books, Look Twice, will inspire you to study local vegetation no matter where you go wandering, whether it be around your yard, your neighborhood, or the world.”
— John Janovy, Jr., Varner Professor Emeritus Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Most plant books just teach you the plant’s name. This book gives you stories to tell—botany, folklore and uses. Nearby plants can be truly remarkable. Our common and conspicuous plants are sources of weaving materials or edible fruit or rubber.
Did you know?
• Buffalo grass feeds buffalo or cows year round.
• Deathcamas is so poisonous most bees won’t visit it.
• Yucca’s fibrous leaves and stiff points can be used as a needle and thread.
These and more are the stories of 15 of the most visible plants of Northern Colorado, told in this book.