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“He surprised himself with this sudden burst of emotion after almost forty years.” (Stieg Larsson, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo)

Me and Mom in Central Florida, Riding

Me and Mom in Central Florida — Vintage Instagram!

A Native Floridian (we exist!), I was raised an Army Brat — an upbringing on a 3.5-mile island, part of a sunken volcano in Micronesia (smack in the middle of the South Pacific), provided a unique perspective of the world. I returned to Florida after a life of travels, and I remain ever-fascinated with world cultures and societies, and the realization that we’re all in it together. Embracing uninhibited creativity, I am thoroughly convinced that it, as well as intrinsic goodness, blossoms in every one of us on this beautiful blue sphere.

After devoting a decade-and-a-half to a career in educational publishing, I now seek creative outlets for my passions. I was inspired to begin this blog, my first and only, as an outlet for my countless photographs taken among the unique landscapes I’ve explored and hiked. I’m always researching local natural areas; the more first-hand information on such locations, the better. Florida contains more than 2,000 natural spaces and national parks — everyone needs to see these amazing places, support, and protect them — just love them by visiting and enjoying their beauty.

Untouched Cypress Swamp on the Florida Trail near Jonathan Dickinson State Park — Off-trail

The Everglades is the only ecosystem of its kind in the entire world, and yet we’ve nearly destroyed it. There are moves to restore some of the lost portions, and to continue to preserve other areas, but through these words and images, I hope to show the special beauty of the region’s flora and fauna. And to highlight the interconnectivity of ALL species,  revealing the worthiness and oneness of the tiniest creature, the most ancient tree…to the most universal — and so celebrate the divinity of all life. We are the caretakers of this most amazing place — it’s time to appreciate this role and love every critter, leaf, and mountain, and do what we can to protect them for their sakes, as well as for our own.

191 Comments Post a comment
  1. Marn #

    Greetings from a fellow islander girl! I love what you are doing here in your blog and am glad you are sharing your unique perspective because your heartfelt thoughtfulness can only add to the good of the world you obviously value so much. All best in all of your creative and life endeavors!

    August 29, 2011
    • kilikinachappell #

      XO! Your way with words is thoroughly inspiring… Thanks so very much for such kind, intuitive sentiments, from the bottom of my heart.

      August 29, 2011
  2. I am so happy to have stumbled upon your blog, I am only 10 minutes into it and I am hooked. I was born in Miami but really grew up in Stuart. Anxious to read all of your posts.
    Thanks Mike

    February 24, 2012
    • Thanks so very much Mike, for your kind note and vote of encouragement — it’s *enormously* appreciated! I’m glad you’re enjoying it; as a fellow native (I missed a few years, granted), I’d be curious to know of any areas you would suggest — we’re always researching/investigating such topics, and I would welcome the opportunity to write on them as well, for others. Many thanks again! 🙂

      February 24, 2012
      • Looks like you have covered everything! I havent read every post YET, and I will, but the only destination I didnt noticed is the Savannas from Jensen to Ft. Pierce. If you havent visited you would probably enjoy the photo opportunities there. Cant wait to dig into your other posts this weekend. Best, Mike

        February 24, 2012
      • So kind! I can’t wait to investigate your informative documents/blog, as well — I only took a brief look, and it’s definitely something I’m looking forward to reading closely. And, THANKS for the info about the Savannas — I recently read about this area, and having never been there, it piqued my curiosity… So I’m glad that you’re now recommending it!

        February 24, 2012
  3. The Itty Bitty Boomer #

    Was an “island girl” for 16 years – during a formative time and have carried my love and appreciation for ohana and aloha spirit … huna and hooponopono with me into my eclectic earth based beliefs … it all blends together!

    love your photography and blogs – stumbled upon it through dugutigui’s blog …

    enchante …. and bb …

    March 9, 2012
    • How wonderful! “Eclectic earth-based beliefs” are what’s carried us through the millenia, after all. Without our wonderful sphere, we wouldn’t have much more to go on. 🙂 It’s amazing to see how the islander belief system compares so closely to that of other faraway nature-based premises (Celtic, etc). We escaped to Hawaii each year, but were a bit further out in the Pacific.

      Thanks for the kind note — enchante!!

      March 9, 2012
  4. Hi there, thank you so much for following my blog 🙂

    March 22, 2012
  5. Ditto — Really LOVE your blog!! 🙂

    March 22, 2012
  6. Thank you for liking my blog enough to follow it, I hope that I can continnue to write posts that you enjoy!

    I think your blog is great, there is so much to see that I will definitely be back again!
    Dorinda (lakesideindia)

    April 18, 2012
    • I was so fascinated by your Indian war horse story / history… And of course it’s beyond heartwarming how you rescued one in such need. I’m going to be re-blogging that post soon!! We’ve rescued several thoroughbreds ourselves, and if our financial situation was different, we’d help more. Many people simply don’t understand their plight; especially now with the law that was just passed in the U.S., allowing horses to be shipped and killed for meat. It’s tragic. But thank goodness for such people as you, and those here who work so diligently to help and protect them….

      April 18, 2012
  7. Came here to leave you a thank you note after saying hello to your little Palm Warbler. He looks adorable. 🙂 Thanks for following my blog btw! Hope you enjoy reading there as much as I enjoy coming here! Good Luck!

    April 19, 2012
    • Ditto, thanks so much for following! I can’t wait to read more of your blog… It looks fascinating! Thanks for your kind note; I *loved* that little guy!! Unfortunately they’re migratory, and have already left our southern realm, sigh.

      April 19, 2012
  8. Joseph #

    What a great blog. Its very large and there is so much to see. Love your work with the turtles here in Florida. Your bird photos were amazing as well. It was a pleasure speaking to you today in the feild about the serenity of nature. You will get that shot of the bobcats they are all over the place in recent weeks. I shall follow this excellent blog.

    April 22, 2012
    • HEY there! Thanks so much — I’m glad you found it! 🙂 I’ll definitely be uploading a *blurry* bobcat pic soon; fingers crossed I’ll have another opportunity for a clearer shot. Hope to see you soon!!

      April 23, 2012
  9. Thank you for following my blog! I started looking at yours and love it. 🙂

    April 25, 2012
  10. Good evening, FeyGirl! I sure like the layout of your blog. I’m confident your are saving the world down there. Bet it’s warming up nicely, too!

    May 3, 2012
    • Good…MORNING to you! 🙂 Thanks so much; I decided to do some revisions to the layout not long ago… Ugh that was a joy. But I figured I better attack it before I delved much further into the blogging experience.

      It IS beginning to warm up… But we were exceptionally lucky, and had a few bouts of decent weather beforehand. So I can’t complain *too* much. I hope it’s warming up a bit in your area?!?

      May 3, 2012
  11. Howdy! I love your photos and the layout of your blog. What type of camera do you use?

    May 9, 2012
    • Thanks so much! I recently worked hard to update the blog’s layout, so I appreciate your comment. 🙂 I currently have a Canon Rebel (2 years now), and I often use my 55-250 lens (as we’re out hiking), but I’ve been looking at the 5D or 7D of late. How about you?

      May 9, 2012
  12. Hi,
    I enjoy reading your blog and have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award which you can see here http://wp.me/p287u8-8f on lakesideindia.
    Please mention this award on your blog with a link back to my page. Then, the fun part, tell us 7 things about yourself as well as nominating other bloggers for the award. Please keep up the good work!
    Dorinda

    May 16, 2012
    • How very kind of you — THANKS so much for the nomination! I love your posts, from one nature lover to another. And I thoroughly enjoyed investigating your other nominations — it’s an honor to be included with such talent. Thanks so much, again. ♥

      May 16, 2012
  13. I finally passed along the Readership Appreciation Award you gave me!! Thanks for giving it to me Your blog is amazing! http://anaturemom.com/2012/05/26/readership-appreciation-award-thank-you/

    May 26, 2012
    • ♥✿♥ I’ve been offline for a few days… You’re so welcome!! You have such a beautiful, educational blog — thanks so much for sharing information to make the world a better place.

      May 29, 2012
  14. Fey Girl thanks for following my blog. I enjoy your blog too and have nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blog Award. Here are the details.
    http://pnwauthor.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/blog-awards-and-nominations/

    May 31, 2012
    • Congrats, and thanks so very much for the nomination — you’re very kind! I’m thrilled to have discovered your blog, it’s right up my alley with the perfect combo of wonderful images and great writing. I can’t wait to investigate your other noms, as well; It’s how I’ve linked to all my follows.

      June 1, 2012
  15. southernwild #

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and enjoying it enough to follow me. I really hope I have looked over your blog post and I in return LOVE your blog too! Have a blessed day! 🙂

    June 17, 2012
    • Thanks so very much, and DITTO! ♥

      June 17, 2012
  16. southernwild #

    I have nominated you for The Versatile Blog Award! It’s OK if you do not accept this award, but I nominated you because I really like you blog. Visit my recent post if you do decide to accept this award, and nominate 15 or so fellow bloggers! 🙂

    June 17, 2012
  17. Please consider yourself nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award!

    This is because you are awesome, and I think your blog is too. Thank you for sharing your experiences and advice.

    Please find my nomination here: http://katiepede.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/the-versatile-blogger-award-oh-la-la/
    and then pass on the honour…

    They have some rules, and then also add your link to here: http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/vba-winners/

    Much love
    Kate x

    June 22, 2012
    • CONGRATS, and many thanks for your nomination!! I can’t wait to investigate your other blogs. ♥

      June 22, 2012
  18. I grew up on an island too, but much larger (45 miles long?) than the one you spent your childhood. Your blog is truly beautiful.

    June 23, 2012
    • Thanks so very much!! It’s funny… I moved from that tiny atoll island to the island of Manhattan (nearby) for my college studies. WOW. Talk about a slight culture shock. 🙂 Where was your island?? Having island culture in one’s upbringing definitely shapes you…

      June 23, 2012
      • Whidbey Island off the coast of Washington State. We also have the San Juan Islands here along with Bainbridge, Mercer Island and Vashon.

        June 24, 2012
      • Wow, what a gorgeous area!! I only traveled through the San Juan Islands by ferry (I used to live in Seattle for a bit), and all I remember is ooohhh…. The seasickness! But I always wanted to visit. It’s my *DREAM* to live on Vancouver Island or thereabouts one day — truly some of my favorite landscapes and hiking. It shall come to pass, I swear.

        June 25, 2012
      • Yes, this is a breathtaking area of the world. Vancouver Island is lovely too. I enjoyed my brief stay in Victoria in 2008.

        June 25, 2012
      • Geez, I’m trying to think when we were *last* there — possibly the same time! Or ’09. We stayed in Victoria, and hiked along the Strait of San Juan de Fuca. I had to be dragged out of the woods… (I put some of the pics up in “Travels,” but it was before my decent camera, sadly!).

        June 25, 2012
      • Sadly, Goldman Sachs wants to run coal tankers through the beautiful straits of Juan de Fuca, as unbelievable as that sounds. This corporation has teamed up with other corporations with proposals for coal terminals in the Oregon and Washington, coal trains coming through, tankers taking the coal to china as if climate change is trivial…I don’t think these proposals will go through and if they do, the people here will fight Goliath.

        June 25, 2012
      • WHAT? I hadn’t heard anything about this… But there’s so much going on environmentally *here,* why would I have? Wow. I’m stunned. We saw whale spouts in those straits — the callousness of corporate greed never fails to amaze me. I don’t understand how these people think, let alone sleep at night. Thanks for sharing — I hope the people are unified and strong.

        June 26, 2012
  19. Hi FeyGirl… Your dropping by my site led me here. What a find. I love your photos and your thoughts. I’ve spent as much of my life wandering through the wilderness as I can get away with. Like you, I believe in the interconnectivity and sacredness of all life. You capture it well.

    July 12, 2012
    • Thanks so much! I consider that an utmost compliment. It’s wonderful to meet kindred spirits — I love your blog, your writing, your thoughts… And I want to investigate your past articles / images. You guys have such adventures. ♥

      July 12, 2012
  20. Thank you so much for following me; if not for that, I may never have found your wonderful website! I’m enjoying everything I have seen thus far. 🙂 I look forward to seeing more from you! ♥

    July 12, 2012
    • Thanks so much! And ditto, ditto, DITTO! I’m always thrilled to stumble across kindred spirits (usually through the award notifications, hee!)… ♥

      July 13, 2012
  21. Sheree #

    I don’t know what to say…your website…I’m in south Florida. I don’t know which will explode first, my brain or my heart. This is so wonderful!

    July 18, 2012
    • Oh, I’m so very happy! It’s always been my wish to relay our area’s beauty, what we witness on our many hikes and excursions, to the rest of the world. (Well, honestly, initially, it was an exercise in personal organization — until someone forced me to make it public.) We have such unique ecosystems, flora and fauna surrounding us — like nothing else the world can support. I hope my love for the trees and critters that find their homes here shines through… ♥

      July 18, 2012
  22. Thank you for visiting and liking my blog, much obliged!

    July 18, 2012
    • Ditto, thanks so very much! I can’t wait to see your images from around the globe. 🙂

      July 19, 2012
      • I do travel from time to time, but not that much. I’ve yet to go to South America and both of the poles.

        July 20, 2012
  23. I’ve nominated you for One Lovely Blog Award. Your photos are always wonderful! http://floridabehindthescenes.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/one-lovely-blog/

    July 26, 2012
    • CONGRATS on your award, and thanks so very much for the nomination! You’re so kind…. I can’t wait to investigate your other noms as well. ♥

      July 27, 2012
  24. Maggie and I love your blog! Thanks for visiting us at maggiemoosetracks! woof woof 🙂

    July 27, 2012
    • Thanks so much — I adore yours, we obviously have much in common in our love of the outdoors and hiking (well, except our species….)

      🙂

      July 27, 2012
  25. Hi, I just wanted you to know that I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. You can see the nomination here: http://www.themuseisworking.com PS I can’t remember if I already commented and told you this on another page. It’s too late (early) in the morning. Sorry if this is a duplicate!

    July 28, 2012
    • Hahahh! I’ll check for a duplicate posting…. But thanks so much for the nomination! And CONGRATS on your own award! I can’t wait to investigate your other nominations… ♥

      July 28, 2012
  26. You may have already received this award, but I wanted to recognize you for your lovely blog. Here is my nomination for “One Lovely Blog” for you. Click here for details:
    http://bellaremyphotography.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/3441/

    August 5, 2012
    • Thanks so very much for the nomination!! It’s an honor coming from such a skilled and sensitive photographer as yourself… I can’t wait to investigate your other nominations, as well! ♥

      August 6, 2012
  27. Just wanted to say thanks. I appreciate all of my followers. I hope you enjoy reading thisfloridalife. Have a great day!

    August 12, 2012
  28. I just found you through ‘catself’. I totally resonate with your comments on transition (“death”) there. Blessings on Dear Puss’s next adventures — and yours!

    August 13, 2012
    • Ah, you’re so very kind!! As much faith / belief one may have on the topic, it certainly doesn’t lessen the grief… As many times as I’ve lost little ones, there’s no preparing for that time. But there’s always others that need our love (and vice-versa), yes? SO many thanks, again, for your sweet words!! ♥

      August 13, 2012
  29. Hope you don’t mind, but I have nominated you to participate in a photo contest. It’s optional, but you have such wonderful photos I thought you may have fun with this. Emily aka Bella

    http://bellaremyphotography.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/capture-the-colour/

    August 20, 2012
    • You’re so kind to nominate me — many THANKS! I adore your own selections, they’re incredibly vibrant… It might be a fun exercise too, just to see what colors I have in my little “portfolio.” 🙂

      August 21, 2012
      • That was my idea, it was more for me than to win the contest. Some stiff competition out there.

        August 21, 2012
      • I love the idea of just *seeing* everyone’s take on the “color” theme — perspectives! So wonderful for you to think of others. 🙂

        August 21, 2012
      • LOL Or not..it is work. Another blog gave me an idea to do my own contest. I just might do that this winter when people have less things to do.

        August 21, 2012
      • That’s a great idea… I’ve seen similar ideas with other blogs (animals-of-the-month, etc.).

        August 21, 2012
  30. Fey Girl,
    Thanks for visiting my blog! You also have some great photography and stories to go with it! I’ll be back.

    August 21, 2012
    • Thanks so much! And ditto… I can’t wait to return to your wonderful images and stories…

      August 22, 2012
  31. Thanks for following my blog and liking my posts!

    August 21, 2012
  32. Ever think of doing something with your photos? Would love to chat with you about it…

    September 10, 2012
    • I’ve had a few ideas rolling around in my noggin — but I’d LOVE to hear your ideas, definitely! Life tends to get in the way of my thoughts, which is unfortunate. Feel free to email me @ kiliki70@gmail.com! 🙂

      September 10, 2012
  33. Thank you for stopping by my blog and introducing me to your blog. I love it and look forward to getting all of your blogs.
    Maralee
    throughmylens365.wordpress.com

    October 4, 2012
    • Ditto, thanks so very much! You have a beautiful blog — I can’t wait to investigate more of it through your wonderful images…

      October 4, 2012
  34. FeyGirl, I have nominated you for the Family of Bloggers Award in this post: http://davidkanigan.com/2012/10/06/1-year-and-counting/. You are under no obligation to accept. I just wanted to thank you for your followership and your friendship. Dave

    October 6, 2012
    • I apologize for the tardy reply, as I’ve been away — but so many thanks!! It’s truly an honor, and I’m tremendously grateful. ♥

      October 18, 2012
  35. Just popping in to say how much I enjoy your blog. Always an inspiration, always interesting. Keep it up!

    October 29, 2012
    • Thanks so very much! I just began browsing yours as well, and it’s stunning! So happy to have connected. 🙂

      October 30, 2012
  36. Guess what? I have an award for you at my house. Come over and check it out !
    http://bellaremyphotography.com/2012/11/14/and-the-awards-go-to/

    November 14, 2012
    • Aw, just seeing this now… THANK YOU! I’m honored to be in such amazingly talented company. ♥

      November 24, 2012
      • It is well deserved my dear. New one buzzing around is the Blogger of the year award. I need to catch up!

        November 24, 2012
  37. Thanks for stopping by my blog to like a post. After visiting yours I think I will follow as I agree that we should care about our environment. I live on the gulf coast so I will be interested in seeing what is going on at your coast.

    November 17, 2012
    • Oh wonderful! Nearly neighbors… And, I absolutely love the title of your avatar (Coastal Crone). Just fabulous.

      November 19, 2012
  38. Sandy #

    FeyGirl, I’ve nominated you for the “Family of Bloggers” Award. To see the nomination, visit http://anotherlovelyday.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/overdue-thank-yous-awards-and-a-little-winnie-the-pooh.

    Thanks so much for your friendship and followship.

    ~ Sandy

    December 14, 2012
    • You’re so kind!! Thanks so much for the nomination. And a Winnie the Pooh quote. How absolutely perfect (my favorite…). ♥

      December 14, 2012
  39. I’m so glad I’ve found your blog – obviously , I haven’t looked at it all yet , but I”m loving what I’ve seen so far!!

    December 20, 2012
    • Thanks so very much — and ditto, yours is equally lovely! We’re obviously kindred nature / photog / artistic spirits, just separated by a little pond. 🙂

      December 20, 2012
  40. I love your blog and the photos are gorgeous. Thanks for finding my blog. 🙂

    December 28, 2012
    • Thanks so very much!! Ditto, ditto, ditto… I’m thrilled to have found you!

      December 28, 2012
  41. I nominated you for the Reader Appreciation award at http://peacewithmylife.com/2012/12/30/2-4-6-8-who-do-we-appreciate/.

    December 30, 2012
    • Thanks so very much for the nomination!! You’re so kind… And I can’t wait to check out the other nods! 🙂

      December 31, 2012
  42. Thanks for the recently visiting and following my blog.

    I’ve already read a few of your entries and look forward to perusing more.

    January 3, 2013
    • Ditto, your blog is wonderful… I can’t wait to investigate it more thoroughly. So happy to have found you!

      January 4, 2013
  43. Hi there,

    Just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Hopefully you’ll welcome this news. If you prefer not to accept the award, I certainly understand, but I hope you will visit the other nominees, and they will visit you, just the same. To see more about the award and accepting this nomination, please visit my post at http://wp.me/p1w5ra-H8. All the best!

    January 4, 2013
    • You’re so very kind…. Thank you!! What a lovely thing. I can’t wait to investigate your other nominations — always a wonderful thing. 🙂

      January 5, 2013
  44. Hello FeyGirl,

    First of all, I hope it is not too late to wish you a wonderful New Year. May 2013 bring you more happiness, love, and success. I would like to thank you because you continue following my blog. I hope my blog posts do not disappoint and that your visits in there have been a joyful ride. My subscription went messed up, and now I am resubscribing, looking forward to reading more of your posts! Thank you again, many blessings and much love to you, FeyGirl.. 🙂

    Subhan Zein

    January 8, 2013
    • Thanks so very much, and a WONDERFUL and prosperous 2013 to you, as well!

      I’ll go to your blog now, to ensure I’m still subscribed — since you say there were issues. So many thanks for taking the time to re-subscribe to my little blog, too! You’re so kind. 🙂 -Christina

      January 9, 2013
      • Thank ou, Christina, many blessings and much love to you.. 🙂

        Sibhan Zein

        January 9, 2013
  45. Your photography work is lovely, Christina. Thank you for following my blog.

    February 2, 2013
    • Thanks so much!! It keeps me sane — that and writing. 🙂 I’ve been following your newsletters for some time, so I’m thrilled you’re now on WP! You offer a wonderful resource, so THANK YOU!

      February 2, 2013
  46. Hi, I was just wandering around WP reader – looking through “Recommended Blogs” in the nature category and your blog popped up! I am a fan of random facts ;D (and your blog!!) so I just thought I would share that one with you… I thought it was pretty cool

    February 19, 2013
    • Oh wow, thanks SO much for letting me know! I haven’t been able to explore this feature as much as I’d like — I obviously need to!

      How wonderful. 🙂 Thank you again… So very cool.

      February 20, 2013
      • I’m so glad you thought it was as cool as I did! That is great exposure and a nice compliment to the quality of your blog. Too awesome, keep up the great work 🙂

        February 20, 2013
      • It really is!! Thanks SO very much again, for sharing it with me…. I have to visit the other naturalist blogs out there, on their (WP’s) list!! Such a compliment. 🙂

        February 20, 2013
  47. leslie #

    Thank you so much for sharing your Florida with us. My parents moved to Florida in the 1970’s, but they dreamed of it for 30 years prior and came down every chance they could. Florida was their Promised Land. They enjoyed fishing, boating, snorkeling, and hiking in the everglades and on the beaches. Florida has changed alot since they walked the earth, and not for the better. I’m posting my photos, too, of what remnant is left. For now, mine are on Flickr.

    February 21, 2013
    • I’m so happy to share!! I agree with you wholeheartedly, which is why I began this blog… Partly to organize my hikes and images, but also to share in this region’s EXCEPTIONAL and unique beauty — one that’s constantly at risk due to wayward development, despite its endangered status. So many (even Native Floridians) don’t know of the wealth of natural areas at their disposal.

      I’ve only just begun Flickr, so it will take me a bit to learn (as time allows!)… So I can’t wait to see your own images!

      February 21, 2013
  48. How fortunate for you to have traveled the world and experienced many different cultures along the way. Your upbringing on an island sounds intriguing – a great setting for a book!

    March 1, 2013
    • Ah, yes… It was an interesting upbringing in the Army, and on a top-secret installation in the middle of nowhere, at that. 🙂 I shouldn’t say that – it was in the middle of the Pacific, right? Definitely would be fantastic fodder for a book, but right now I’m in the middle of another idea — hah! So many ideas, so little time…. Always!!!

      March 1, 2013
  49. I just nominated you for the Best Moments blog award. You can find out more at http://deborahbrasket.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/sweet-satisfaction/. Thanks for creating such an awesome blog!

    March 18, 2013
    • Thanks so VERY much for the kind nomination and words!!! 🙂 I can’t wait to check out your other nods….

      March 19, 2013
  50. Wonderful and Interesting Blog, I myself have lived in Florida for 6 years or so and I love the weather and people there. Is people like you that are making a difference with every grain of sand you put. Thank You for sharing your passion with us.

    March 19, 2013
    • Thanks so very much for your kind words, they truly mean much! We have much to offer here, but much to protect and preserve, too. It’s important to realize this, for the sake of the land and its inhabitants….

      I can’t wait to check out your blog as well… Fellow Floridian! 🙂

      March 20, 2013
  51. Hello I’m dropping you this comment because I think your blog is awesome and I just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Go here
    http://livingwithhealthyoutlook.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/i-am-so-honored/
    to read the official rules of acceptance is alright if you can’t or have been nominated before it would not surprise me because you have such a wonderful blog here, but I thought I’d let you know.

    March 25, 2013
    • You’re so very kind…. Thanks so much for the nomination, and the sweet words!! 🙂

      March 25, 2013
  52. Recently I watched a DVD about the music of Richard Wagner, and one of the things I learned was that he wrote an early opera called Die Feen, which is to say The Fairies.

    March 27, 2013
    • Ah, THANK you! I’ve actually heard of the opera, but I’ve never *listened* to it. Now I need to…. 🙂

      The Germanic / Scandinavian cultures have a deep-rooted belief system of faeries in their lives. A Dutch friend of mine commented that some of the mushrooms I photographed are translated as “fairy couches” in her language. How sublime is that….? And some of the most beautiful fairy illustrations of past centuries hail from that region.

      March 28, 2013
  53. Good morning, FeyGirl,

    Apropos of nothing, but knowing your fondness for Edward Gorey, here is an English artist you may enjoy: http://www.phlegmcomicnews.blogspot.co.uk/.

    I got to Phlegm through Postcard Cafe.wordpress, which I particularly enjoy. Mr Postcard really loves Phlegm. (Bet you couldn’t say THAT in a conversation!)

    April 9, 2013
  54. Congratulations ~ I’ve nominated you for the WP Family Award! Please stop by to pick up your award ~ Hugs to you! http://misifusa.wordpress.com/2013/04/20/a-la-familia-wp-family-awards/

    April 20, 2013
  55. WILD NOTTINGHAM #

    Lovely blog, fine photos, love it!

    April 22, 2013
    • Ah, thanks so very much for your kind words!! 🙂

      April 22, 2013
  56. I really love what you do for our planet and that’s why I haven chosen to nominate you for the Sunshine Award~
    http://walkingwiththealligators.wordpress.com/sunshine-award/

    April 23, 2013
    • THANKS so very much for the kind nomination and words… And congratulations to you, as well! 🙂

      April 23, 2013
  57. Been fascinated with your photos and articles since first viewing. Even since then I’ve been hooked! Have seen much of your work but not said much. Well today I want to tell you how much I have been loving your blog.
    stay happy, Eddie

    May 4, 2013
    • Thanks so very much for taking a moment to leave such kind words! I really do take them to heart.

      Blessings, Christina

      May 5, 2013
  58. Hello~
    Thank you for sharing your world through your beautiful Blog posts.
    I have nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging Award!
    You are a continuing inspiration to me~

    You can learn all about the Sweet Award here:
    http://walkingwiththealligators.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/671/

    May 18, 2013
    • Thanks so very much — you’re incredibly kind!

      Thank YOU for everything you do for raising awareness for the world and the critters that share it; especially here in our wonderful and beautiful state. ♥

      May 19, 2013
  59. Hello fellow blogger!
    I have nominated you for the “Super Sweet Blogging Award”.
    Feel free to click on the below link if you wish to accept the award and all you need to do is follow the quick and simple rules.
    Well done and congrats for being one of my nominees
    http://marzipanmelloo.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/super-sweet-award/

    -Marc.Pann :3

    May 27, 2013
    • Thanks so very much for the kind nomination — can’t wait to check out your other noms! 🙂

      May 28, 2013
  60. Hello FeyGirl. Nice to meet you. Thanks for visiting our blog and for the ‘like’ on the post about Antoni Gaudi.
    Your photography is superb, and I’m officially jealous 🙂
    Cheers and Blessings
    Alison

    May 31, 2013
    • You’re incredibly kind — thanks so very much!

      I adore your blog, and your travels… And Gaudi, my absolute favorite architect and artist! Your images did his structures justice. I wish I could have met this brilliant and quirky man.

      Blessings!!
      Christina

      June 4, 2013
      • Hi Christina – I nominated you for the ABC Award – check out my latest post 🙂

        June 12, 2013
      • I’m so very sorry I’m running behind with my responses and blog… But thank you so very much for your nomination, you’re so kind! 🙂

        July 18, 2013
  61. I just found your blog and I think I’m really going to like it! The wild and natural things are what I miss about Florida. All the rest, I was happy to leave behind.

    June 3, 2013
    • Thanks so very much… And ditto, ditto, ditto. It’s this state’s glorious natural, wild areas that keep me sane and grounded — everything else? Hmmmm….. 🙂

      I just took a peek at your blog! Wow — can’t wait to investigate more!

      June 4, 2013
  62. Pat #

    FeyGirl – I’ve linked you on my site for The Sunshine Award at http://plaintalkandordinarywisdom.com/thank-you-for-the-sunshine-award/.

    Thank you for the reads and your support.

    June 9, 2013
    • I’m so incredibly sorry for the late response; I’ve been offline with my blog, sadly! But THANK YOU for your kind and thoughtful words. And congratulations on your award! 🙂

      July 18, 2013
      • Pat #

        No problem FeyGirl — I’m playing some catch up myself so I can relate. You’re truly welcome with the award nomination. I’m happy to share you with my fellow bloggers. 🙂

        July 19, 2013
  63. Exploring your site, I sure do miss Florida. I grew up in Saint Petersburg. One thing I regret is not exploring the Everglades, when I go back to visit the family it will be on top of my list. Feeling homesick, great post.

    June 15, 2013
    • Aw, I’m so very happy to share the lovely and amazing wilds of the state with you! I miss exploring myself, now, with the Summer heat — eeks! 🙂 But most definitely, next time you visit, the Everglades is a must-see.

      June 21, 2013
  64. Have been worried about you.
    So happy to see you checking back in!

    July 1, 2013
    • You’re the sweetest!!

      I miss it!!! I’ve been consumed with my day-job a bit, and haven’t been able to attend to my happy project out of sheer exhaustion… That shall change soon! I swear by everything out there. 🙂

      July 1, 2013
  65. I think my posting has failed if my little tree hugger’s face is not on it!!!!!!!!

    July 1, 2013
    • Aw, you’re so incredibly sweet!! I love it, always… “My little tree hugger!” Although it’s been so hot, I’ve been remiss in hugging my trees!

      July 18, 2013
  66. Congratulations, I have just nominated you for the Inner Peace Award.
    There are no requirements, only that you pass this blessing on to other Bloggers like yourself, who pursue and promote peace~
    For more about this, please come look here:
    http://walkingwiththealligators.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/my-last-award-for-now/

    July 8, 2013
    • What a beautiful nomination…. And so many congratulations for your amazing efforts in speaking on behalf of our planet’s creatures. THANK YOU!

      July 18, 2013
  67. Pat #

    Feygirl – just wanted to let you know I’ve included you as one of my nominees for this award on my site (http://plaintalkandordinarywisdom.com/thank-you-wonderful-team-member-readership-award-nomination/).

    Thank you for your writing and your support of wildlife and our balance with nature!

    July 17, 2013
    • You’re so kind… THANK you, a million times over! I just read your write-up, and it’s incredibly sweet and thoughtful. Again – thank you!! ♥

      July 18, 2013
  68. Have missed your posts. Hope you’re okay. – Lynn

    October 13, 2013
    • Thanks SO very much for your kind thoughts and words… And accept my profuse apologies for this tardy reply!! I’m only now able to (begin, heh!) responding. Next step: A post! Hoorah! Baby steps, yes? I miss it terribly… But I’ve been following yours and everyone’s wonderful work.

      Thanks so much, again — it’s so very kind. I hope you’ve been well in my favorite area of ALL? (Oh and gasp… I may actually be visiting your neck of the woods for a wedding in late June! Gasp! Gasp! Cheer!!) 🙂

      January 22, 2014
  69. What a wonderful blog – showcases the rich diversity of Florida and it’s ecosystems. Brings back good memories for me .. we had a six month spell touring around parts of Florida- just enough to delve into the history, archaeology. Discovered MKRawlins writing and was much inspired. I blog in a similar way, posting on the wildlife of my area…. pop over for a visit?

    November 6, 2013
    • I’m so sorry about the tardy reply, but I’ve been down and out with my poor blog… But thanks so very much for your kind words! Our area does indeed showcase some beautiful and unique ecosystems, wild land and lovely critters. I’m exceptionally fortunate — and honored — to explore it all.

      I just popped on over to your site, and followed — we’re definitely kindred spirits on the topic of threatened land and wildlife, so I’m thrilled to follow your wonderful work!

      January 22, 2014
      • Lovely to ‘meet’ through the ether! I’ll be keeping an eye out for you posts once you’re up and going again 🙂 Meanwhile thanks for the encouraging comments on my work.

        January 24, 2014
  70. http://janthinaimages.wordpress.com/2013/12/19/a-personal-thank-you-to-the-very-inspiring-bloggers-in-my-life/
    Feygirl!! I wanted you to know that you are one of the people/blogs who have inspired me since I first discovered you as a kindred spirit!! So to me you and Serenity Spell are Very Inspiring Bloggers!! Just wanted to send thanks your way!! And see ya soon!!
    Merry Christmas and a Happy 2014!

    December 19, 2013
    • You’re so INCREDIBLY kind!!! Thank you, thank you, THANK you!

      The moment I began blogging, you’ve been one of the most inspiring figures — personally and artistically — so this is an honor.

      I’m awesomely late, as always…. Hee! So, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Haaaaaa….. ♥

      January 28, 2014
  71. Hi FeyGirl — What a beautiful Earth-resonant blog you have here! Thank you for following New Earth Paradigm.

    January 10, 2014
    • Thanks so very much! It’s easy to highlight such beautiful areas and critters, living in this unique environment. And I’m so happy to have stumbled across your wonderful site!

      January 22, 2014
  72. Hope you are having a glorious weekend. Stay safe and well~

    May 25, 2014
    • Heeee….. I’m sneaking onto my comments now, during work, wink. But you know what? You wrote this super-sweet comment on the day we were actually *robbed* – a first for both of us. WOW, eh?

      June 13, 2014
  73. Robbed?

    June 13, 2014
    • Yep – As in, broke in, and stole all the heirloom jewelery and computer equipment… I’m still playing catch-up!

      June 13, 2014
      • When/where?

        June 13, 2014
      • On the day you posted that comment, lol – the 25th! We’re in transit, in a new apartment… And we think it was a leak at COMCAST. Nice, huh? Really nice.

        June 13, 2014
  74. Am really worried about our green treefrogs. Where are they and why are they gone?

    July 7, 2014
    • Oh NO…. You’re seeing a drop in our wonderful, adorable frogs? I always had/have a few around (the actually live in the birdhouse, hah!).

      It’s so odd that you’re asking about them — do you know what I have ready to go, RIGHT NOW? I’m actually trying to proof it, in between my work. A post on saving the FROGS. No joke. You’ll see it tonight, if not sooner. Sigh. I sure hope they’re not hurting in your neck of the woods, though, sniff.

      July 9, 2014
      • Not drop! Gone!!! Have not seen one anywhere on our property for months. This is highly unusual. Very worried. Love them so much.

        July 9, 2014
      • Oh, wow…. My first go-to is pesticide use. 😦 But of course, I have no idea. I’m about to post this soon, and the site “Save the Frogs” is really great… Maybe they have resources to help?

        July 9, 2014
      • Because of Breanna and Harriet, our Gopher Tortoise, we have never used ANY chemicals on our acre here. The warnings are, that when they and the green lizards go, we are in BIG trouble. And the green lizards are now very scarce.

        July 9, 2014
      • YEP, amphibians — frogs, especially — are an indicator species. The stats are just horrific. I knew YOU would never use pesticides, but neighbors? Something in the water table?

        July 9, 2014
  75. These are our former beauties.
    Now not to be found anywhere.
    Our one acre property has a six foot fence all the way around.
    http://gator-woman.com/frogs.html

    July 9, 2014
    • YES those are the little lovelies that live in my space! I would visit “Save the Frogs” to see if they have any resources to report the loss. They must!

      July 9, 2014
  76. We cannot do anything about the idiots who live around us here in Paisley.
    Yes, they are all pesticide users!!!!!

    July 9, 2014
  77. Hope you are well, safe and happy. Miss talking to you!!!!!!

    August 9, 2014
    • HEY lady! It’s so good to hear from you…. I’ve been a bit behind, with travel and work. But I DID manage to get a hike in the woods this past weekend — the Chattahoochee National Forest! Next step: post it? Hahahah! 🙂 But I just saw (of course I’m behind in the blogging world) that you’ve been down and out…. How are YOU feeling?

      August 13, 2014
      • All better now.
        Thank you!!!!
        Sounds like you are having a ball.
        So jealous!!!

        August 14, 2014
  78. Awesome! As a fellow nature lover, I’m excited to check out your blog!

    August 19, 2014
  79. Hope you are safe and well and having a great Summer~

    July 7, 2015
    • HELLO lady! I was actually just going to touch base with you – unfortunately I’ve been a bit out of the blogging world with some personal stuff. I’m hoping I’m on the other side of it though, hahah!

      How have you been? I hope your summer has been fabulous. 🙂

      July 7, 2015
      • We are all better now.
        We have had a tough last 45 days.
        Your precious words are surely missed here.
        Stay out of canoes , please????

        July 8, 2015
      • Ditto… The last month and a half has been a bit trying here, as well! I truly hope you came out safe and sound though. 🙂 I need to return to my sanity, IE my little blog, hahah!

        July 8, 2015
      • Hope you are ok. You can message me at FB if you like~

        July 8, 2015
  80. Looked for a better place to enter a brief message of thanks for your kindness throughout the year. Friends like you have helped fuel the fires that keep ETH going. Bless your heart.
    Sending the greatest wishes to you for a most happy and healthy Christmas and New Year.
    with love, Eddie

    December 16, 2015
    • You’re so very kind! Many thanks for the wonderful wishes and gratitude — and sending them right back to you! The best of health, love and happiness to you this season and through next year. Thanks always for your daily inspirations!

      December 16, 2015
  81. Judy Lovell of Janthina Images mentioned meeting you in a comment on my blog, because my blog post was on meeting a fellow blogger I knew through WordPress. Her comment is attached to this post, if you want to take a look: https://sillyverse.com/2016/09/24/reaching-out-to-a-fellow-blogger/

    September 25, 2016
    • That’s fantastic — thanks so much for mentioning it! I adore Judy and her wonderful work… I’m still trying to make a trip back to the Everglades to see her; I miss my gators so. 🙂 I’ll pop by your blog soon! This really is a wonderful community of likeminded souls. Thanks again…

      September 26, 2016

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