A practical guide for roadside wildflower viewing
That’s why Natural Lands has partnered with Chris Helzer to promote his new book, which Helzer says has been missing “as long as field guides and automobiles have awkwardly co-existed on this earth.”
A Field Guide to Roadside Wildflowers At Full Speed is a free, self-published eBook. The wildflowers in the book are arranged by both color and blooming date (within color classes), just as you’ll see in other field guides. However, in this guide, the flowers appear as they actually look when you see them from the road.
Helzer says this more realistic portrayal of wildflowers will prevent the frustration that comes from staring bleakly at field guide photos that bear little resemblance to what you see out your car window.
And it’s the ultimate in social distancing.
Says Helzer, “I’m not asking for any monetary compensation for this book. It is offered as a free service to all drivers hungering for a way to learn more about wildflowers without having to stop and walk around like some kind of animal. In the event that you find this field guide useful, you can compensate me by donating toward your favorite conservation organization.” (Pssstt… here’s one!)
Disclaimer: This book should never be used while actually driving. Always use a designated passenger to look up flowers. I mean, they’re going to be staring at their phone anyway so they might as well do something useful for you at the same time.
Oh, and happy April First. Stay well, and keep smiling if you can.