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Naturally Curious Blog Marks Sixth Year

4-4-16 NC blog-6 years NC 249Naturally Curious blog is six years old today, and the joy of sharing discoveries with readers has only grown over the years.  Comments, corrections, shared enthusiasm, new information, questions – all are appreciated.  Thank you so much for your loyal following.

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77 responses

  1. Thomas Durkin

    I have involved in outdoor education for about 40 years. This is the best nature blog/site that I have ever read. It is always relevant to the season and the location (northeast) and extremely informative. I am always learning from this site.

    April 4, 2016 at 7:37 am

    • Thank you so much for your very generous words. Coming from a fellow environmental educator, they are especially touching.

      April 4, 2016 at 7:57 am

  2. Congratulations on this anniversary!! And thank you for sharing your curiosity in book and in blog forms — it is such a wonderful gift! Looking forward to the next six years!

    April 4, 2016 at 7:38 am

  3. Randall Perkins

    Enthusiastic congratulations, Mary, for 6 years of touching thousands and spreading the Joy! May there be decades more. Very best wishes, Randall

    April 4, 2016 at 7:39 am

    • Thank you so much, Randall! I love that you enjoy my posts and that we’re in touch!

      April 4, 2016 at 7:59 am

  4. Marie Hanson

    Perfect time of the year for a celebration,
    and thank you for sharing your gifts with all of us.

    April 4, 2016 at 7:41 am

  5. Jennifer Waite

    I look forward to every new posting! Thanks Mary for so much wonderful information and beautiful images!

    April 4, 2016 at 7:42 am

    • I so appreciate your comments and following, Jennifer!

      April 4, 2016 at 7:58 am

  6. Penny

    Congratulations Mary! When does your new book, NC Day by Day, come out? I would like 2 copies-for me and the NW Library. Also Animal Legs for the children’s section. Any Publisher’s dates yet?

    April 4, 2016 at 7:43 am

    • Both books due out “in the fall.” I can’t seem to get the publishers to be more specific, but I’ll let you know as soon as I know more! Thank you for your support!

      April 4, 2016 at 7:54 am

  7. Linda

    Thank You for all your efforts…. I love reading all your wonderful information.

    April 4, 2016 at 7:49 am

  8. kpmaxon

    A common conversation-starter in our home is, “Hey, did you see Mary Holland’s post this morning? Is that cool or what?”

    April 4, 2016 at 8:03 am

  9. Rita Pitkin

    Congratulations Mary! I enjoy your blog soooo much. Thank you.

    April 4, 2016 at 8:06 am

  10. Alice Pratt

    What a wonderful milestone! Congratulations to you, Mary! I’ve only been reading all your posts for a few months….wish I’d known about your Blog sooner. I bought two of your Naturally Curious books, am enjoying reading all the wonderful information. We have so much woods & water around us & being a “curious person” I’m familiar with lots of the wildlife and nature near us. One book was given to my daughter, who is 32 today….we teach her 1 1/2 year old daughter about everthing we can in the natural world. Congrats!

    April 4, 2016 at 8:12 am

    • Thank you, Alice, for your kind words and for sharing your love of nature with others. I’m a great advocate of sharing our passion with the very young!

      April 4, 2016 at 8:18 am

  11. Brenda M

    Well done, Mary! I enjoy your books and your blog, often sharing posts and referencing Naturally Curious. Your work is right on! Thank you SO much!

    April 4, 2016 at 8:27 am

  12. Ellen Baucom

    Congrats! I love your site Here’s to many more years

    Ellen Baucom


    April 4, 2016 at 8:29 am

  13. Guy Stoye

    Thanks for giving us something to look forward to (and learn with) every day!

    April 4, 2016 at 8:33 am

    • It is completely my pleasure – it’s so nice to share my discoveries with others who also find them interesting!

      April 4, 2016 at 9:05 am

  14. Jo Anne

    Happy anniversary, Mary…and THANK YOU! I look forward to reading your blog with my coffee each morning. The photos are great, and I enjoy learning so much about all our relations on this precious Earth.

    April 4, 2016 at 8:39 am

    • Thank you, Jo Anne. So nice to have daily contact with others who share my love of the natural world!

      April 4, 2016 at 9:04 am

  15. Linde McNamara

    Good Morning Mary,

    I just want you to know that your blogs make my every day!!! The first email I open every morning is yours!!, and delve into the wonders of nature, which is truly my passion…..

    Thank-you for all you do to bring the natural world into everyone’s lives…

    Linde McNamara

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    April 4, 2016 at 8:50 am

    • Thank you so much, Linde. How great that you live in a spot that must give you ample opportunity to see so many of nature’s wonders – I’m so glad you enjoy my posts! Mary

      April 4, 2016 at 9:03 am

  16. Congratulations, Mary! Your blog is one way I look forward to starting the day! Thanks for all your work and for sharing so many fascinating things. XXX

    April 4, 2016 at 8:59 am

    • Thank you so much, Maria. Great to have kindred spirits as friends!

      April 4, 2016 at 9:01 am

  17. Gail Platz

    Thank you for your blog. It’s always interesting!

    April 4, 2016 at 9:01 am

  18. judilindsey

    Congratulations, Mary! I love your blog and love your book. I am reading it again for each month. Thank you for turning us on to the natural world!! Judi

    April 4, 2016 at 9:47 am

    • I”m afraid this year you may find the phenology a little off!

      April 4, 2016 at 10:19 am

  19. k

    I am so happy for you, Mary. Keep on bloggin’! I love reading your posts and the comments. It’s always good to know that there are such good, nature loving people out there. Long may you reign!

    April 4, 2016 at 10:01 am

    • Thank you so much, K. How generous your feelings are, and I’m very grateful.

      April 4, 2016 at 10:19 am

  20. Cindy

    Thank you, Mary, for all your work on this! It’s truly a highlight of the day to see what you are posting. Hope to be able to read your wonderful information for years to come.

    April 4, 2016 at 10:27 am

    • Cindy, I’m so glad if NC contributes to the richness of your day. I, too, hope that it will continue for many years to come!

      April 4, 2016 at 10:35 am

  21. Jean Harrison

    Congratulations, Mary. You do an amazing job with the high-quality photographs and information day in and day out. I would like to be able to tell you to let up and take a rest and don’t be so regular and perfect. But I can’t tell you that – I’m too selfish. And today’s photo of a green darner (?) and bottle gentian is gorgeous. Thank you so much for all you do.

    April 4, 2016 at 11:27 am

    • Thank you so much, Jean. Your words mean so much, coming from you. I so appreciate your support!

      April 4, 2016 at 6:25 pm

  22. Happy Anniversary! I always look forward to your emails.
    Thank you so much!

    April 4, 2016 at 11:57 am

  23. Susan Tiholiz

    Congratulations, Mary!

    Susan Tiholiz 214-478-7395 Sent from my iPad


    April 4, 2016 at 12:06 pm

  24. Susie Peters

    Happy Birthday, Mary, and thanks for all the presents you give us every day! Susie

    April 4, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    • Thank you so much, Susie! So glad you like them!

      April 4, 2016 at 6:34 pm

  25. chris crowley

    Congratulations on a milestone, and a great daily feature in our lives.

    April 4, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    • Thank you so much for your very kind words, Chris. Think of all those beaver photos I wouldn’t have without your mother!

      April 4, 2016 at 6:40 pm

  26. Betsy Janeway

    Congratulations, Six-year-Old. Mary your emails make my day. Thanks a million.

    April 4, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    • And your support is so appreciated, Betsy. Many, many thanks.

      April 4, 2016 at 6:35 pm

  27. Rachael Cohen


    Thank you for sharing your curiosity, artistic eye, and knowledge with us.


    April 4, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    • Thank you for taking the time to write , Rachael. I appreciate your generous words very much.

      April 4, 2016 at 6:36 pm

  28. Eugenie

    Happy Birthday! The Naturally Curious Blog is like getting a little gift each day. Thank you for enriching so many lives.

    April 4, 2016 at 2:42 pm

  29. Happy 6th blogiversary, Mary! I so enjoy your awesome posts!

    April 4, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    • If you only knew how your comments make my days, Eliza!

      April 4, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      • 🙂 Glad to hear it!

        April 4, 2016 at 7:16 pm

  30. Kathie Fiveash

    Mary, thank you so much for your teachings, your beautiful photographs, your research, your staying power, your friendship, and most of all your naturally curious spirit. Happy anniversary!

    April 4, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    • Kathie, I am speechless, and very grateful to you for your kind thoughts. I admire you and your work just as much as you do mine! Many thanks!

      April 4, 2016 at 6:38 pm

  31. Randi Filoon

    I love reading your blog every single day! Thanks Mary!

    Sent from my iPad


    April 4, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    • Thank you so much, Randi. So much fun to be in touch after all these years! Your support is much appreciated!

      April 4, 2016 at 6:39 pm

  32. mary

    Happy 6th, I so enjoy this site and all of your passion and knowlegde. Keep it up another 6 years.

    April 4, 2016 at 5:20 pm

  33. Viola

    Fabulous! Congratulations, Mary! I’ve loved every minute of it, each and every entry. Keep up the excellent and greatly anticipated work.


    April 4, 2016 at 9:31 pm

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  35. Thank you so much, Viola! My new book, Naturally Curious Day by Day, has about five years of blog posts in it so you’ll be able to delete a considerable amount of what you’ve saved!

    April 5, 2016 at 6:33 am

  36. Carol

    6 years of dedication. Thank you!

    April 5, 2016 at 6:35 am

  37. Congratulations, Mary, on educating and providing much joy via your outstanding shots and interesting information. Happy 6th anniversary! 🙂

    April 5, 2016 at 6:47 pm

  38. Sally

    Congratulations. You are doing a wonderful thing by sharing your knowledge and curiosity.
    Thank you!

    April 5, 2016 at 8:24 pm

  39. Gil Kerlin


    You may count on my continued support. I love getting your posts.

    Gil Kerlin

    April 6, 2016 at 7:31 am

    • Thank you very much, Gil. Much appreciated!

      April 6, 2016 at 8:47 am

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