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Eight Years of Your Support

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I want to take a moment to acknowledge the magnanimous spirit of Naturally Curious readers. You have supported me and my family multiple times — by donating to Sadie’s family’s future, supporting my blog and helping me replace my camera. I am truly indebted to you, and I will do my very best to continue to provide you with insight into the events and natural phenomena that we are all privilege to throughout the year. Thank you so much for your continued support of my work and my family. Naturally Curious is a joint effort – you are an integral part of this endeavor – your questions and comments, your continued loyalty and your financial support. I am so grateful to begin the 8th year of this blog with you. (Photo: Spring Peeper, Pseudacris crucifer)

27 responses

  1. Marilyn

    What a sweet photo!

    April 14, 2018 at 9:37 am

  2. Susan Carr

    That picture is wonderful! I have an acorn hat sitting on my desk. Now when I look at it I will think of peepers as well as acorns. Sue

    April 14, 2018 at 9:44 am

  3. Liz & Molli

    Community in action. Your community loves you, Mary, and we have come to love your family as well. Often it is your blog that bolsters my mornings by turning my attention to the details of the natural world.

    When despair for the world grows in me
    and I wake in the night at the least sound
    in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
    I go and lie down where the wood drake
    rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
    I come into the peace of wild things
    who do not tax their lives with forethought
    of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
    And I feel above me the day-blind stars
    waiting with their light. For a time
    I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
    ~ Wendell Berry

    April 14, 2018 at 9:51 am

    • Liz and Molli, thank you so much. Wendell Berry’s poem is one of my very, very favorites.

      April 14, 2018 at 10:49 am

  4. Dave Taylor

    Mary, We love you and all you do to inform us and keep us aware of the natural world! We feel fortunate to be abler to help you, anyway we can. Dave and Sue

    April 14, 2018 at 10:14 am

  5. Kathie Fiveash

    Mary, no matter how hard I try, I can NEVER see a peeper! They are shouting all around me and I am scanning the scene with my binoculars, and I NEVER see one. Thank goodness for you and your amazing eye!!!

    April 14, 2018 at 10:26 am

    • Kathie, they are super good at hiding under tussocks. I usually find them just a few inches above the ground, but you’re right, they are super difficult to see! When they are migrating to a pond, theyare pretty obvious (especially on roads!)

      April 14, 2018 at 10:45 am

  6. Pam

    You and your family will always be in my thoughts and prayers Mary.

    April 14, 2018 at 10:57 am

  7. Julie Martens

    I so look forward to your blog, Mary! It has been a great source of joy no matter what is happening in our lives. Even being able to pray for you & yours is uplifting. As for peepers, their sound fills the air where I grew up. Each spring, I always end phone calls with my mom asking if she has heard the peepers yet. For us, it is a sign that spring is surely upon us! I am sharing the last two blogs with her & siblings so all can see how teeny these little songsters are! Be encouraged. Your work is a gift to so many of us. Your life’s work is our great joy–how many can say that? You are loved!

    April 14, 2018 at 11:25 am

  8. Bill On The Hill...

    You don’t have to answer this question!
    I do know, this early in the season, these critters move real slowww, due to the chilly environment & the thick glycerin running through their veins still, presumably…
    Did you stage this? ( I would! ) Ha, ha…

    Love the image btw…
    …Bill Farr

    April 14, 2018 at 11:30 am

    • Oh, Bill, you are too smart! I moved hundreds of wood frogs and peepers off the road, and plunked some of them down near each other…so, in answer to your question, although the forest floor was covered with amphibians, they weren’t quite as close to each other as these were!

      April 14, 2018 at 11:57 am

  9. You are fantastic and very fascinating and interested in all things Great and small! ❤️

    April 14, 2018 at 11:58 am

  10. Caroline Orgain

    And we all appreciate Y-O-U! Thank you for all your wonderful work that inspires all of us to take the time to learn about and appreciate all the gifts of the natural world in our area. Eight years! Wow! Congratulations!
    Oh – and was that a peeper?

    April 14, 2018 at 12:32 pm

  11. Alice Pratt

    Well……before reading any “Comments”… thought was….”Well….we ❤️ You and your beautiful photos and blog!”….Then I read all the Comments….we are all on the ‘same page!’ That is such an adorable photo! First Spring Peeper ‘peeps’ that I heard were in the afternoon of March 30th. We have several swampy & watery areas around us. Yesterday afternoon, my son was cleaning his truck…I asked if he knew ‘what the sound was?’ Birds? …… Spring Peepers! Showing him with my fingers how little they are. Several times I’ve had Peepers jump off hanging baskets of flowers, onto me, or onto a bucket. Last year for weeks I had a Peeper living in a small Bacopa plant, that was hanging from a hook, next to the door…I did get several photos….it didn’t seem to mind me lifting the flowers to see it. Sometimes it would be gone a day, then be back, nestled into the moist earth!

    April 14, 2018 at 12:46 pm

  12. Leah

    Thank you, Mary, for creating this circle that is one of several I think of as (very) extended family.

    April 14, 2018 at 1:07 pm

  13. Guy Stoye

    Mary, you are indebted to NOBODY, least of all those of us who enjoy your wonderful NATURALLY CURIOUS AND WOULD BE ALL THE MORE POOR IF IT WERE EVER TAKEN AWAY FROM US.

    April 14, 2018 at 1:41 pm

  14. Gary Kezerian

    Thank you, for all the info. and super photos you give us!!

    On Sat, Apr 14, 2018 at 9:35 AM, Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: ” I want to take a moment to acknowledge the > magnanimous spirit of Naturally Curious readers. You have supported me and > my family multiple times — by donating to Sadie’s family’s future, > supporting my blog and helping me replace my camera. I am truly in” >

    April 14, 2018 at 3:21 pm

  15. Linda Wolczak

    Mary your picture of the little spring peeper is a once in a lifetime shot! Most adorable !! I love it!! That’s for sharing. Linda from Danielson Ct.



    April 14, 2018 at 3:23 pm

  16. Gale Harris

    I have learned so much from your blog and your books in just 9 months. Your work has immensely enriched my relationship with nature, which has been strong all my life. I am so glad you are dedicated to helping us see and understand the natural world around us.

    April 14, 2018 at 5:15 pm

  17. Dora Spedding

    thank you for your knowledge of nature to us for these many years. I am 86 years old and have always like nature. You lost your dog a while ago, and at the same time I also did. Thank you very much for all your many e-mails.

    Dora Spedding

    April 14, 2018 at 5:40 pm

  18. Karen

    I am curious to know which camera you are using now. Your photos are amazing!

    April 14, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    • I now have,] thanks to my amazing NC readers, a Canon 5D Mark IV camera!

      April 15, 2018 at 12:58 pm

  19. Jean Pace

    Mary – you have added so much to our lives, bringing us close to the natural world around us.

    Many thanks with great affection, Jean and Bentley Pace Manchester Center, Vermont

    Jean Pace Sent from my iPhone


    April 15, 2018 at 4:42 am

  20. Maryann V Postans

    Wow. To see the elusive spring peeper so close! You are amazing Mary! I saw them on the road on Thursday night, but we haven’t heard them yet at our house. Can’t wait. Love From Over the Hill at the Postans.

    April 15, 2018 at 7:42 am

  21. Midge Eliassen, Sunapee NH

    So glad to be able to support the purchase of your new camera equipment (as a photographer myself, so appreciative of the quality of your work!). I know what it is to lose comfortable old friends in equipment and the learning curve that follows — but also the potential benefit of an upgrade. Hard though to imagine your actually improving your remarkable work!
    I so appreciate all I learn from you, and the daily feast for my photographic eye. Thank you

    April 15, 2018 at 11:22 am

  22. Leslie English

    Every post from you offers a moment of joy and gratitude that is much appreciated, Leslie

    April 16, 2018 at 1:11 pm

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