By: Diane Olson(Author), Adele Flail(Illustrator)
224 pages, 150 colour illustrations
Did you know that: We all have follicle mites living on our faces? In India, the humble pigeon is a symbol of lust? Jumping spiders sometimes watch TV with you? Healthy garden soil has the same characteristics as a good chocolate cake? The North Pole rarely points north? The caterpillar of the silver-spotted skipper blasts its frass (poop) five feet outside its nest? Fascinating but little-known facts of nature will connect you with the rhythms of the universe and enlighten you every day of the year. Also included are good tips for gardeners as well as a rundown of what constellations you can see in the night sky each month.
"From the lattice of stars turning above us in the night sky, to the microbial universe in the soil beneath our feet, nature is rich with fascinating wonders. There is no better guide to this splendid realm than Diane Olson, whose knowledge and love of nature is a gift I have enjoyed for many years. Open this book and get ready to be amazed, delighted, and enlightened."
- Chip Ward, author of Canaries on the Rim: Living Downwinda in the West and Hope's Horizon: Three Visions for Healing the American Land.
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Diane Olson's Urban Almanac column, upon which this book is based, has been running in Salt Lake City's Catalyst magazine for sixteen years. She has also written for New York Spirit, Salt Lake Magazine, and Utah Homes and Gardens. She lives in Salt Lake City.
Adele Flail is an artist, writer, and rogue biologist. She works as the Science Gallery Coordinator for The Leonardo, Salt Lake City's new sci+tech+art museum. She lives on a nascent urban homestead in Salt Lake City. Fun nature trivia for city dwellers and suburbanites alike.
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