Wooden Shoes: Travel Insight

Like the windmill, the wooden shoe is symbolic of the Netherlands (link) but they have seemed pretty awkward to me. I’ve tried on wooden shoes and didn’t like the stiffness and was jarred by the hard shoe when it hit the pavement. So I relegated wooden shoes to...

Botany Rules, All About Plant Names

“Botany Rules” available! I combined the first six posts on how to use common and scientific plant names from my blog (khkeeler.blogspot.com) as a pamphlet. It is now available as a free download. Just click on the link. Go to Botany Rules Download.  ...

Buy Foothills Trail Plants online

Buy an electronic copy of Notable Plants of the Foothills Nature Trail. Download onto your computer or phone. $3.50 Below Note: the pamphlet is intended as 1/4 of a standard piece of paper, back to back, so it may be tricky if you want to print a copy. ALL profits to...

Big Sagebrush, Artemisia tridentata

New video featuring big sagebrush, Artemisia tridentata, icon of western grasslands.   Link to video A Wandering Botanist: Big Sagebrush Karen Fournier of Starstream Productions filmed it with and for me. The link will show it to you on Vimeo....

Soapweed Yucca

Here is a link to a video about one of my favorite plants, Yucca glauca, called soapweed yucca or small soapweed. It’s a conspicuous plant of the plains, slow-growing and tenacious, with pretty white flowers and a famous relationship with the yucca moth,...

Prickly poppy

Here is a video about prickly poppy, Argemone polyanthemos.  Prickly poppy is a conspicuous plant of the western Great Plains. It is annual that comes up from seeds each spring and therefore is more abundant and visible in wet years than drought years. Here is the...

Celebrating sunflowers

Today I uploaded a new video. It’s just the end of sunflower season, enjoy! A Wandering Botanist: Sunflowers filmed with me by Karen Fournier of Starstream Productions. Follow the link above to see it on Vimeo.

Art in Parks and Gardens

My husband loves art, so one of the goals of our travels is to see art museums and art installations. With that in mind we’ve taken trips with art associations (Denver Art Museum, The Met) and tours that are about art (Art in Japan with Esprit Travel, Art...

Plant books – Reviews

I continually read books about plants travel and history. So here are some reviews and recommendations: Ghosts of Evolution by Connie Barlow. In 1982 Dan Janzen and Paul Martin published an important paper in Science called “Neotropical Anachronisms: The Fruits...

Early Summer Colorado Wildflowers

We have wonderful early summer Colorado wildflowers blooming right now. If you live in Colorado or can visit –don’t miss the chance to get out and see them! We had a wet spring after a very wet fall. The plants of Colorado are usually limited by the amount...

Notable Plants of Foothills Trail

For sale at Loveland Visitors Center $3.95 plus tax All profits to post-flood restorationNotable Plants of the Foothills Trail is a compilation of 20 conspicuous plants that grow along the Foothills Trail, an easy walk just off US-34 between Loveland and Estes Park....

Travel Season

It is spring in Colorado. In spring, I am restless, wanting to get outside. Plants that were dormant are active and improving weather beckons me to climb hills and stand on distant overlooks. Where can we go? Let’s do it! But each season lures travelers–for...

More Plant Wonders of the World

What plants that should be on a Must See List? Here are the first 10 plant wonders that I have seen that I thought of when I asked the question– 1) Tundra at 400′ elevation in the Arctic Circle in Sweden. So far north that the high mountain tundra...

Fascinating Articles About Plants And Travel

Here are fascinating articles about plants and travel I enjoyed and wanted to share. I will add more as I find them  March 30 The turf of football stadiums — living and very complex Denver Broncos are as obsessed about their turf as their players by Susan...

A world of caution signs

The world is a big and complex place and so Caution signs can be very exotic. Below are ones that caught my eye:   From Oregon                 This one is from the coast of Hawaii         Also from...

See the Plant Wonders of the World

I’m trying to create a botanical “Must See” list: Plant Wonders of the World. The first Plant Wonders of the World that leaped to mind were not individual plants but the great ecosystems of the world, plant communities. So I’d recommend seeing all the great land...

Why Travel – To Experience for Yourself

Books and videos and the internet are all excellent for learning about our world, but there are things you have to go to, they can’t come to you. And the whole thing–sight, sound, smells, taste, touch–you can only experience for yourself. Oceans and...
Why Travel? Visiting Family and Friends

Why Travel? Visiting Family and Friends

One common reason to travel is to visit family and friends. We often view the journey necessary for visiting family and friends as an annoyance, but it can be a positive part of the experience. If you go more than 100 miles, the plants are likely to change because the...

Crossing Eastern Colorado and Nebraska

Reasons to travel include to visit people who live somewhere else. So I set out from near Denver to see old friends in Lincoln, Nebraska. The trip, crossing eastern Colorado and Nebraska, is almost exactly 500 miles, downhill and into a region of higher rainfall....

Why Do We Travel?

  Why travel? Whether you’ve never gone more than 50 miles from home or have seen 50 countries, the question remains. Why travel? It is disruptive, expensive and sometimes very uncomfortable. One answer is because the world is large and diverse. You go...