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Peek-a-Boo, I See You!

“We cannot live without the Earth or apart from it, and something is shrivelled in a man’s heart when he turns away from it and concerns himself only with the affairs of men.”  ―Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Cross Creek

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

On August 8, 1896, one of Florida’s greatest novelists and conservationists was born: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Although she grew up in Washington D.C., Rawlings settled in rural Florida, writing about the land and people of her surroundings. Her works included the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Yearling, and Cross Creek, an autobiographical account of life in her beloved Florida — she loved her hammocks. Happy birthday, Marjorie!

Flatwoods of Cypress Creek Natural Area, Jupiter, Florida

One of my favorite spots, the flatwoods of Cypress Creek Natural Area

A warm, long-overdue hullllo and peek-a-boo from the depths of South Florida, to the blogging world — I’ve missed you all so!

Juvenile Alligator, Grassy Waters Preserve, Florida

Nearly stumbling about this sweet juvenile gator in Grassy Waters Preserve. Hullo, fella!

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  1. A “sweet” gator? Just don’t put your hand in the water! 🙂 I do love your photography though and your tribute to Marjorie Rawlings. Thanks for sharing.

    August 9, 2013
    • Heh, I just adore our gators… Most of the year (non-breeding and non-baby times), they really are the most mellow creatures. Powerhouses, of course — but mellow.

      Thanks so very much — I couldn’t miss her birthday! 🙂

      August 10, 2013
  2. jimbey #

    …. Glad to see you back, M’lady!

    August 9, 2013
    • 🙂 Thanks so much! Hopefully I’ll be a bit consistent, too….

      August 10, 2013
  3. Welcome back!!! 🙂

    August 9, 2013
    • You’re so sweet — THANK you!! 🙂 XO!

      August 10, 2013
  4. Fabulous quote, and love the story and pictures. Don’t know Marjorie Rawlings before, but I should I see, and now I know a little.

    August 9, 2013
    • Isn’t that quote beautiful? She has a lot, too…. And she’s common reading material here in the States, which is good for our state. 🙂

      August 10, 2013
  5. Pam #

    Missed you!

    August 9, 2013
  6. I’m glad you’re back with your great blog! I missed you. Marjorie Kinnan Rawling’s novel is known to me and I saw the film with Gregory Peck. I cried so much!

    August 9, 2013
    • Aw, thanks so much — you’re incredibly kind! I’ve really missed the space and people (although I’ve tried to keep up a bit)….

      Do you know, I still haven’t seen the film — for that very reason, I know I’d be a bawling wreck?!

      August 10, 2013
  7. We’ve missed you, too, FeyGirl! (Marjorie shares a birthday with my baby sister.) ❤

    August 9, 2013
    • Aw, you’re so sweet — thank you!! I can’t believe it’s been so long, sheesh!

      Oh how neat! That’s a cool birthday to share (well for me, at least, heh!)…. 🙂

      August 10, 2013
  8. Yes…you were missed…. Michelle

    August 9, 2013
    • I can’t believe how quickly time passes… It’s amazing. I’ve missed everyone terribly, though.

      August 10, 2013
  9. Pat #

    I loved the message and quote by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. It’s so true. Missed you — happy to see you back! 🙂

    May I reblog this on my site?

    August 9, 2013
    • Thanks so very much! I’ve been missing the space and people terribly…. 🙂

      Absolutely, please reblog away!! It really is a beautiful message… XO!

      August 10, 2013
  10. Love the gator eye. He’s glad to be published.

    August 10, 2013
    • Thanks so much! I love your perspective, heh… You’re right though, this little guy was SUCH an accommodating model. Didn’t move the entire time I was snapping away. 🙂 He knew he’d be loved by all!

      September 30, 2013
  11. I´m so glad that you are back again, i really missed your posts !
    I always learn something from you , this time about Marjorie Rawlings . Lovely tribute you gave her with this post !

    And your photo of the Gators eye is just great ! // Maria 🙂

    August 10, 2013
    • Thanks so very much Maria!! It’s been far too long since I’ve been away, but I hope to change that VERY SOON. I miss it terribly!! I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to even look at the comments, sigh.

      No worries, though. I have plenty of images waiting — I can’t stay away from this beauty for too long at a time!


      September 30, 2013
  12. You may have been absent for a bit – but your spirit has prevailed.

    Wonderful quote. For anyone who is near north-central Florida, visit Marjorie Rawlings homestead and museum. It’s a wonderful area! Careful – you may never leave!

    Love that baby ‘gator. 🙂

    August 10, 2013
    • Thanks so VERY much for that! It’s been tough not being able to get out (quite) as much as I’m accustomed to, but that’s slowly changing. I hope to begin posting (somewhat) regularly soon enough, as well. I miss it terribly.

      Isn’t this little guy the sweetest? Despite me nearly stepping on him on a hike, he was kind enough to stay and pose for the camera… 🙂

      September 30, 2013
  13. hannekekoop #

    Good to see you back. 🙂

    August 10, 2013
    • Thanks so much!! I’m so sorry that I’ve been out of the loop…. And incredibly tardy on my responses! Hah! 🙂 XO!

      September 30, 2013
  14. What a delight to find you here again, and not only that, posting about Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. (Do folks in Florida and folks in the know use all three names to refer to her? It sounds as though we should – like George Washington Carver.) I still remember our discussions about hammocks, back when I learned they’re not something you take a nap in!

    I just thought of you last night, when I read a post about galinippers showing up in Alabama. I hope they’re not giving you the kind of fits I’ve read about in the paper.

    August 11, 2013
    • Aw, you’re so incredibly kind! I miss this space terribly, and vow to return VERY SOON. 🙂 Heh…. Hammocks! I’ll be visiting ours now that our weather is…errr…dipping a degree or two?!

      Oh my. Oh MY. I actually had to look up that beast — I had never even heard about it! And for once, I’m glad I’m so incredibly tardy on these responses, because I would have been panicking on the few hikes I DID manage this summer! Hah!

      September 30, 2013
  15. Hello Feygirl, good to see you back after your summer recess. I’ve been doing the same, collecting photographs for lots of posts and now I’m catching up with all my esteemed fellow bloggers.

    Marvellous quote. Very wise words indeed. I think every politician should have these words embazoned on their consciousness!

    I love your baby gator too. Do you ever stumble across Mum or Dad? And if so is it ever potentially dangerous.

    August 11, 2013
    • Thanks so very much! And ditto…. I miss this space, and the incredible amount of talent and knowledge that the community holds. I’m always astounded by it.

      Ah, that sweet gator! He was actually more an adolescent, so he was already on his own. No mama or papa around. 🙂 But yes, if there are baby gators, one has to be VERY careful to look for mama — and she’s sometimes hiding VERY WELL — because she’s very protective, understandably, of her little ones. But still, I shocked myself silly nearly stepping on this guy — especially since it was a solitary hike of mine! At least he was kind enough to stay and pose for me the entire time, eh?

      September 30, 2013
  16. I think the Cypress Creek Natural Area would be a place easy to love! Good to see you out and about again!

    August 11, 2013
    • Thanks so very much! Alas, it seems to have been short-lived, this return, eh? I hope to change that soon enough, though. 🙂

      Hope you’re doing well with the approaching cooling temps! (Wanna bring some down here?)

      September 30, 2013
  17. So glad to see you back from the demands of your workload!! Work is good though these days!! And such a lovely tie in with Rawlings birthday…thanks for that bit of history and the eye of the gator to remind us who minds the swamp!!

    August 12, 2013
    • Hee…. Well, my return seems to have been short-lived. 🙂 Look how long it’s taken me to respond — and with no other post, sigh!

      I adore this guy. I quite nearly stepped on him on a solitary hike out in the ‘glades in June or July… Didn’t even see him! They’re so amazing with that camouflage.

      September 30, 2013
  18. I saw the movie version of Cross Creek a few years ago. You may want to watch it if you haven’t already.

    August 13, 2013
    • You know, shockingly…. I’ve yet to see it! Appalling, I know.

      September 30, 2013
  19. I’m glad you’re back! Nice pics. And Marjorie sounds like an amazing woman.

    August 13, 2013
    • Ah, thanks so very much! I’ve been remiss with my poor blog, between work and the heat… But I truly hope to return, and VERY SOON!!!! 🙂 I hope you’re doing well as we enter fall (hoorah!)….

      September 26, 2013
  20. Pat #

    Reblogged this on Plain Talk and Ordinary Wisdom and commented:
    I hope you’ll read and enjoy this short “Peek-a-Boo, I See You!” post by Feygirl at “Serenity Spell”.

    Her quote from Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Pulitzer prize-winning novelist and conservationist, was especially meaningful to me.

    August 13, 2013
  21. Pat #

    Hi FeyGirl – thank you for permitting me to reblog your post on my site. You can see it here at

    August 13, 2013
    • Ah, thanks so very much for the reblog! And sorry for the late reply, I’ve been a bit remiss with the poor blog…. 🙂

      September 26, 2013
  22. Right back at ya…. I never knew she wrote the Yearling… thanks for the pics. Love the ali.

    August 15, 2013
    • Thanks so much! A truly amazing woman….

      September 26, 2013
  23. marialla #

    Now you have to confess who you have been swimming with!!! Thank you for the eye!!

    August 15, 2013
    • Hahaah!!! Alas, on this particular hike I was *all* alone… save the gator, of course!! 🙂

      September 26, 2013
      • marialla #

        Maybe but you never know !! ggg

        September 27, 2013
      • marialla #

        I miss you! I put up a post especially for you to entice you back for a bit!!! Mari

        October 24, 2013
      • Aw, I’m trying, I’m trying! See, baby steps… I’m replying to comments, hoorah! Next step: A POST! 🙂 I hope you’ve been well. XO!!

        January 28, 2014
      • marialla #

        Yes, I have and I am glad to see you more often. Hope you are well. I understand that sometimes life gets a bit much and the desire to communicate is pretty small. If you need an ear my e-mail address is and my skype is mari19505. Take care and as you can see up here in Toronto, we are in a deep freeze – not exactly global warming weather, that is for sure!

        January 28, 2014
      • Hee hee!!!

        Well, I’m not exactly in the deep freeze of your wild north (I honestly don’t KNOW how y’all handle that kind of cold!) — but I’m in Atlanta now for a visit, and we’re in a State of Emergency. Three inches shut the city down; people have been stuck in their cars for 20 hours; and the roads remain impassable due to ice. Those poor souls, though — it’s still in the single digits out there.

        Ah, you’re on Skype! You can find me at christy.chappell — I love Skype! 🙂

        January 29, 2014
      • marialla #

        Thanks – maybe you will find a call from me one day.
        Up here we go by Celsius and even in single digits in Atlanta are pretty cold in Celsius – eg. say 9 Fahrenheit , this is double minus 30 making it -12C which actually is not so bad but when you figure in the windchill factor the temperature can feel like -25 or even -30C which would make it approximately zero Fahrenheit because 32F = 0 degrees Celsius. Today for example we were -15C but it felt like -25C but tomorrow it will be a blistering -2C with snow starting some time tonight as the temperature rises. Snow does not usually fall if it is very cold but from about -12C to 0 degreesC it can fall for quite a nu,ber of hours depending on the system running through the area. Snow is great stuff – very beautiful when falling and when first it lands where no human life mucks about. To be honest the cold of this year is the first I have seen in my lifetime – especially the length of the cold. Some here are already tired of it but in the end what can you do , so you just add on another pair longjohns, another sweater and move on. Life is grand and can imagine how one could appreciate the warmth of spring and summer after a winter like this??? – That is until it is too hot to bear and then the complaining sets in again, only this time about the heat That’s life in the “wild north” , I want to say!!!
        Take care, Love Mari

        January 29, 2014
      • Hahahh! SO true, so true. 🙂 I just can’t imagine that kind of cold though, but I’ve never lived in it… NEVER! I’ve been in cold, but not like that. I’m in awe over people who do. And I LOVE the sound — or lack thereof — of snow as it falls. It’s incredibly peaceful. But you’re right, afterwards? So tough. As evidenced in Atlanta’s recent shutdown (still partly in effect — I barely got out, yesterday!).

        Take good care, -Christina

        January 31, 2014
  24. Thank you for this. She was such a treasure~
    We drive by what they say was her home, on our way to the UF Vet Hospital in Gainesville,
    would like to stop, but we are always in a hurry to get to our appointment.

    August 18, 2013
    • Ah, thanks so very much for your comment…. And how wonderful! I can imagine it would be difficult to plan a visit on the way to a hospital, but how wonderful a stop would be…!?

      September 26, 2013
  25. It is so nice to see you again in my reader…I didn’t think you were coming back..Michelle

    September 12, 2013
    • It’s been *far* too long, I know!!! Between work and the heat, I haven’t been able to have fun with my poor blog, but I hope to resolve that soon… 🙂 It’s so wonderful to see you, though!!

      September 26, 2013
  26. aubrey #

    Missed you, dear naturalist!

    Loved the (very true) quote and the photo of that gator winking at us!

    September 21, 2013
    • Ah, I’ve missed this poor blog terribly! I wish I could have done more hiking down here this summer, but I did have the excuse of the heat (right?).

      Thanks so much – I quite nearly stepped on this little fella, too. 🙂

      September 26, 2013
  27. I know how you feel. Work is keeping me away from blogging and I miss it terribly. So great to see you back here

    September 23, 2013
    • Ah, it’s terrible, isn’t it? I’m just thrilled to finally glance at the comments, hee!! So nice to see you, too. 🙂

      September 26, 2013
  28. Such a lovely post of such a special lady. Would you believe that I have an original copy of her cookbook?
    It’s great seeing your little cute face now and again, and hope all is going well with you.

    October 21, 2013
    • Heee… Lookie! I’m starting to respond to my comments! Uhhh. From October. I’m so so sorry!

      You have an ORIGINAL copy of a cookbook of hers? WHAT? I’m a nut about antique books, original copies, and the like. What a coupe!


      January 23, 2014
      • Oh..I mean original first edition. I’m silly..How are you? be so glad you’re not in the snow.

        January 23, 2014
      • Oh, I’m sure that’s what I was referring to, an original first ed! 🙂 Hee… My brother was SO excited yesterday; he called to tell me, “the sun’s out, the sun’s out — let it melt!” The last two times I was up there (recently), we got more than a foot each time. I was calling myself the Ice Queen for bringing it with me….

        January 28, 2014
  29. SPCA Kinjuu Wildlife Sanctuary #

    Funny, your title is ‘peek a boo’ and there’s a face in the gator picture that jumped out at me (bottom right corner.) 🙂

    October 21, 2013
    • Omigosh! I see it now… That’s fantastic! A double peek-a-boo!! 🙂

      January 22, 2014
  30. Dear Christina Jelly Belly!
    So good to see you again! I’ve been away for the last few months and have only slowly made my way back to blogging. Thank you for stirring quote and for introducing me to Marjorie Kinnan. I’ve just been reading up about her and thought you might like this one as much as I do.

    “I do not understand how anyone can live without some small place of enchantment to turn to.” – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

    As always, I leave with enchantment after visiting you. Sending you my love and wherever you are, wherever you may go, I know it will be enchanting. Hugs, Sharon

    December 2, 2013
    • Aw, HULLO hullo to you! You brought such a grin to my face. 🙂

      And, double-hee… I’m obviously quite behind with my poor little blog as well! So I apologize for this long-overdue reply. But replying is the first baby-step towards a new post, yes? I miss it so.

      I adore that quote that you added — just love it. It speaks to my heart and soul more than words can express… And I send you countless blessings, and hope that you’re faring beautifully with the beginning of 2014! Big hugs to you, Christina

      January 23, 2014
  31. The Invisible Sage #

    Greetings, and congratulations! I have nominated you to receive the WordPress Family Award. Please go to to see the details. 🙂

    December 8, 2013
    • Greetings!! I’m so very sorry for the tardy reply… But thanks so much!! It’s greatly appreciated. And CONGRATS to you on your award!

      January 22, 2014
      • The Invisible Sage #

        Thank you 🙂

        January 24, 2014
  32. The Invisible Sage #

    Hi FeyGirl! I have nominated you for another award! Congratulations. Please go to for the details. 🙂

    December 19, 2013
    • Thanks so much again for this nomination — and happy (late) 2014, wink! Another CONGRATS to you on your award!

      January 22, 2014
  33. Thank you for all your kindness throughout the past year.
    Wishing you all the very best in 2014! Eddie

    December 29, 2013
    • You’re so very welcome… And thank you for providing such an uplifting and inspiring blog for us all! I apologize for the tardy reply; but I’m trying to finally catch up! 🙂 Blessings to you in 2014!!

      January 23, 2014
  34. I loved that Marjorie Rawling quote. So, what is it we need to do to retain that consciousness of the environment around us, as we repeatedly get buffeted by life’s tribulations?


    January 2, 2014
    • Isn’t that quote a wonderful reminder? For me, I constantly escape to nature herself to remember…retain…that consciousness. It doesn’t take much, even digging in the soil, or looking up at the sky, if a hike is too far or too difficult. We’re surrounded by such beauty — but it’s easy to forget when overwhelmed with the day-to-day tribulations.

      January 23, 2014
  35. Wow, look at that eye! Lovely quote and so true. It’s so wet here I could almost imagine one of your gators coming out of the swamp in our field!

    January 22, 2014
    • Isn’t he just wonderful? He was a peek-a-boo because I nearly stepped on him on a solitary hike… Oopsies!! 🙂 Hee — I’d love that sight, one of our gators hopping the pond to explore your meadows. They’d be soooo cold though! (I did hear about your rains though…WOW!!)

      January 23, 2014
  36. “When you’re up to your armpits in alligators, it’s difficult to remember that the original objective was to drain the swamp.”
    ― Old military saying 🙂

    January 25, 2014
    • I love, love, love this!! I’m going to have to save it… Brought such a huge grin to my face. 🙂

      January 28, 2014
  37. Fantastic photos! 🙂

    February 4, 2014
    • My apologies for the late reply, but thanks so very much! I’m desperately trying to return to the swing of things, here. 🙂

      June 22, 2014
  38. Very nice blog. Easy on the eyes and well written. I will return to visit again. Hugs, Barbara

    February 9, 2014
    • You’re very kind — thanks so much! I hope to begin posting… this week, actually!… after a very long hiatus. 🙂

      I love your blog; it’s incredibly beautiful and inspirational.

      February 10, 2014

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