Nature Obscura: A City's Hidden Natural World


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$17.95  $16.69
Mountaineers Books
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5.5 X 7.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

A naturalist, writer, and artist based in Seattle, Kelly Brenner is the author of Nature Obscura: A City's Hidden Natural World, a finalist for the PNBA and Washington State book awards. Her writing has appeared in Popular Science, Crosscut, National Wildlife Magazine, and The Open Notebook among others. Brenner earned a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon and a certificate in nonfiction writing from the University of Washington. She shares her observations of the natural world, as well as folklore, books, and poetry, on


Nature Obscura reveals the living city through delightful encounters with natural neighbors we all ought to know. An attentive, fun, and thoroughly engaging guide, Kelly Brenner will help you become a better naturalist every day.--Robert Michael Pyle
Gorgeously written and deeply felt, with rigorous research and information at its core.--Jeff VanderMeer, author of Dead Astronauts
A warm-hearted meditation on the natural wonders that we city dwellers overlook every day, such as the western pondhawk (a dragonfly), licorice ferns, and the charming Anna's hummingbird, her heart beating 1,250 times a minute--and the perhaps less charming ant-decapitating fly and, yes, Fuligo septima, a.k.a., dog-vomit slime mold . . ." Once you read this book you'll step more carefully, to avoid damaging the myriad tiny worlds that add color and texture to our world.--Erik Larson
With observant eyes and beautiful prose, Kelly Brenner draws us all into the hidden depths of the urban wilderness. Hummingbirds, dragonflies, ferns, and even slime molds come to vibrant life alongside stories of the humans who keep watch over the nature that surrounds us. Nature Obscura inspires everyday wonder, adventure, and wisdom about our changing earth.--Lyanda Lynn Haupt