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Naturally Curious Blog Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Ten years ago, on April 4, 2010, the Naturally Curious blog was launched, not because I was suddenly inspired to have a blog but because the publisher of my recently published book, Naturally Curious, insisted on it!  My wonderful editor, Rebecca Didier, offered to design it — I just had to provide the photos and texts.  Reluctantly, as I’m extremely technologically-challenged, I plunged into the Internet, starting the blog with seven posts a week.  After a few years I paired it down to five and then a couple of years ago, when life became a bit more complicated, I went to three posts a week. I envision continuing this schedule indefinitely (with a brief hiatus while I move across the state this summer).

This blog which I agreed so reluctantly to has become the focal point of my life. I love every aspect of it, from spending hours in the woods and fields in order to find something “blog worthy” to photograph, to researching the subject photographed, to writing about it and posting it in a timely manner.  Ask anyone who knows me — I am almost never without my camera, and am never not looking for something I think might hold readers’ interest (even while driving).

You have been there through the thick and thin of my personal life, and supported me and my family every step of the way. Your comments and questions have fueled my curiosity and increased my knowledge about natural history.  I feel a very strong connection with you because we share this curiosity about and reverence for the natural world. Thank you for inspiring the past ten years of peering and poking in every nook and cranny.  I am so grateful to have the opportunity to share my discoveries with kindred spirits.

Naturally Curious is supported by donations. If you choose to contribute, you may go to http://www.naturallycuriouswithmaryholland.wordpress.com and click on the yellow “donate” button.

71 responses

  1. carol bohmer

    Hi Mary

    Just to say how much we appreciate the blog. I forward it to my husband and we enjoy it wherever we are, London where we spend the winter, and Italy where we spend (usually!) the spring and fall.

    Many thanks. Carol Bohmer

    On Fri, Apr 3, 2020 at 7:47 AM Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: “Ten years ago, on April 4, 2010, the Naturally > Curious blog was launched, not because I was suddenly inspired to have a > blog but because the publisher of my recently published book, Naturally > Curious, insisted on it! My wonderful editor, Rebecca Didier, ” >

    April 3, 2020 at 7:53 am

  2. Martha McDaniel

    Hi Mary, And we so appreciate your care, humor, and expertise in language, photography, and natural history. We are blessed. Thank you.
    Martha McDaniel

    April 3, 2020 at 7:54 am

  3. Rebecca Weil

    Thank you, Mary, for your inspiring and illuminating posts. They always bring joy to my day. I am very grateful to your keen eye and ability to bring something forward that is fresh. In gratitude!!!

    April 3, 2020 at 7:56 am

  4. Eric Wegner

    and we are both enriched and spurred on by your interest

    April 3, 2020 at 7:59 am

  5. Jean Knox

    Thank you for your wonderful blog, Mary, for keeping our eyes wide open to the natural world. We have passed your blog along to many friends. Congratulations on ten years!

    April 3, 2020 at 8:01 am

  6. Metta McGarvey

    Congratulations on 10 wonderful years and thank you so much Mary!

    April 3, 2020 at 8:02 am

  7. Susan Tiholiz

    Happy anniversary, Mary! And, thank you for sharing your discoveries and inspiration. Such a joy.

    April 3, 2020 at 8:06 am

  8. Sue S

    Mary, it’s YOU that we thank. Your poking, peering, pondering and photographing is a highlight. Looking forward to the next 10 years. Wishing you and yours good health.

    April 3, 2020 at 8:07 am

  9. Reuben Rajala

    Congratulations and thank you for a decade of wonderful work and great photos, books and information about our natural world. I really enjoy your site and encourage others to check it out regularly!

    April 3, 2020 at 8:09 am

  10. Janet

    I’ve learned so much from your blogs. I appreciate every single one of them. Thank you for doing what you do!!

    April 3, 2020 at 8:10 am

  11. I look forward to reading each and every post, Mary. Happy 10th anniversary, and I look forward to reading many more!

    April 3, 2020 at 8:12 am

  12. Sue Showalter

    And if I could offer this quote: “One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, ‘What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?'” Rachel Carson – The Sense of Wonder This is what you do for us Mary, you help us to keep our sense of wonder.

    April 3, 2020 at 8:13 am

    • I absolutely love that quote, Sue. Thank you!

      April 3, 2020 at 2:52 pm

  13. Kathy Rizzo

    Congratulations!!

    April 3, 2020 at 8:13 am

  14. Tracey

    Mary, we will never be able to thank you enough for the joy you bring into our lives with your stunning photos and fascinating blog posts! You have educated and entertained millions of kids and adults as your posts are shared worldwide with people who feel so blessed to be a part of this miraculous creation. Please stay safe as we are looking forward to many more years of learning about God’s handiwork. Blessing to you and your family!

    April 3, 2020 at 8:15 am

  15. Susan Bittermann

    Congratulations on this wonderful anniversary! Where does the time go? Thank you for all the joy and wonder you bring into our lives. I keep you and your family in my thoughts each day. Humans are such amazingly resilient beings! Love, Susan

    April 3, 2020 at 8:17 am

  16. Rich

    Mary, You are a gift and an inspiration. Thank you for your time, knowledge and love for our world.

    April 3, 2020 at 8:22 am

  17. shielaswett

    Mary, YOU MAKE MY DAY! Each blog is so original, and thoughtful, and on target. Hooray! The world of nature is where we want to be NOW, TODAY, away from coronavirus germs – as long as we are not unknowingly carrying any :-(( Thank you for all your hard work, and your excellent eye for yet another photographic wonder!!
    Onward… and Good Luck! Shiela

    April 3, 2020 at 8:31 am

  18. Irma Graf

    So grateful for your inspiration!

    April 3, 2020 at 8:31 am

  19. Alice

    Thanks to your Publisher for insisting you start the blog & thanks to Rebecca Didier for helping to create the blog reality. Huge congratulations to you, Mary! What a legacy you have created. It’s been so wonderful to enjoy all your superb photos & information. My now 5 1/2 year old grand-daughter has also enjoyed many posts & tomorrow is her Mom’s Birthday. May you and your family stay well, enjoying each-other and all that Mother Nature offers. Thank you so much! ❤️

    April 3, 2020 at 8:33 am

  20. serenityrose04hotmailcom

    You and your editor, can’t say thank you enough. You feed my soul and the thousands of junior rangers and visitors over 29+ years. This week was the attached flying squirrel nest, my first and great thrill. It is tall like a beehive hairdo or kids know Marge on the Simpson’s. Pam Landry is a good friend.

    Stay safe and thank you.

    Serenity Rose ________________________________

    April 3, 2020 at 8:34 am

    • Hi Serenity,
      Thank you for your kind words. I’m afraid WordPress doesn’t allow photos from readers go through. I’d love to see your squirrel nest – if you have the time to send it to me at mholland@vermontel.net. Thank you so much!

      April 3, 2020 at 2:38 pm

  21. sthomas

    your blog has been a bright moment in my days. thank you!!

    April 3, 2020 at 8:34 am

  22. Trish

    Congratulations to you, Mary, and to all of the fortunate subscribers. You are a national treasure and we all are privileged to learn about the natural world through your remarkable teachings. We are ever so grateful.

    April 3, 2020 at 8:42 am

  23. Thank you Mary, for sharing your reverence for nature in a way that has put a bright moment in my life so many days. And congratulations on doing it so effectively for 10 years now!

    April 3, 2020 at 8:45 am

  24. Barbara W. Cariello

    Happy Anniversary Mary!
    Your passion and joy are multiplied exponentially within the lives of the individuals whose hearts you take along with you on each adventure into Nature’s Bounty of offerings! Thank you Mary for helping me to remain curious, and humbled by the beautiful natural world that surrounds me here in New Hampshire. Your life’s work has touched my heart, and has helped me to joyously explore, and actively appreciate the locale I’ve moved into, and now call Home! Your work is enduring, and enlightening. Congratulations, that’s a beautiful milestone you’ve selflessly achieved, and I’m so grateful for being able to read along, and then actively experience the wonder you’ve made possible for each and everyone of us who share in your delight!
    Love and peace,
    Barbara

    April 3, 2020 at 8:48 am

  25. Christy Stout

    Thank you. It has been a pleasure to read your posts, and see the pictures.

    April 3, 2020 at 8:51 am

  26. Robin Worn

    Wonderful Mary, and congratulations! There is a world of wonder out there. Your observations and investigations have certainly opened my eyes. Thanks so much!

    April 3, 2020 at 8:54 am

  27. Virginia S Dean

    Love it! Looking forward to the next 10……

    April 3, 2020 at 8:56 am

  28. Jill Montgomery

    congratulations. Your blog is wonderful–have enjoyed it and some of your talks in the Sunapee area for many years.

    April 3, 2020 at 8:58 am

  29. Margaret Huber

    Mary, I can’t believe it has been 10 years and I am so grateful for all your hard work and providing so much information and beauty. The love of what you do shines through every entry. I met you at Maine Audubon so many years ago and knew that I had met a person of the Earth. Please continue.

    April 3, 2020 at 9:01 am

  30. Deborah Luquer

    Ah, Mary
    Thank YOU
    Joy, you bring JOY

    April 3, 2020 at 9:09 am

  31. CMulligan

    I so appreciate all the observations you have shared with us! Thank you!

    April 3, 2020 at 9:10 am

  32. Ann Creaven

    Informative but also a joy to read & see. Thanks you!

    April 3, 2020 at 9:12 am

  33. Michelle Payne

    You have expanded my knowledge with every post. I so look forward to each entry and follow along with the seasons in your books. I believe that WE should thank you for what you have added to all of our lives. In these times it is even more important to find solace in
    Nature. Here is to 10 more years of sharing your amazing photos.

    April 3, 2020 at 9:18 am

  34. Lynne Fitzhugh

    Thank you Mary. It’s better than a morning cup of coffee for getting my day started.

    April 3, 2020 at 9:24 am

  35. Sally Brady

    Oh,Mary, thank you for opening my eyes with every post.

    April 3, 2020 at 9:31 am

  36. jwrjr

    Dear Mary, I look forward to your post every day, and enjoy so much your clear eyes and open heart in revealing this magical world. Best wishes for the next 10 years!

    April 3, 2020 at 9:41 am

  37. Barbara Barry

    Thank you Mary for your pictures, your knowledge and your humor. I haven’t been with you for the 10 years (wish I had!) but have enjoyed/ look forward to your blog for the past few years. And my grandkids love your children’s books! Thanks! Barbara

    April 3, 2020 at 9:42 am

  38. Thank you Mary for 10 years of perseverance and quality content! Your blog is a highlight in my inbox! As a daily blogger myself (weather/nature related) I always have my camera(s) at hand as I’m on the lookout for bloggable images. Keep up the great work!
    Cheers, John

    April 3, 2020 at 9:54 am

  39. Dianne Jewett

    Thank you. I have enjoyed every post.

    April 3, 2020 at 9:57 am

  40. Harriette Griffin

    Joy to you on your 10th, Mary! We are all out here applauding you for what you bring to ou lives. I keep passing the word. You are awesome.

    April 3, 2020 at 10:01 am

  41. Pat Thomas

    congratulations! i just discovered your blog and now have your book. your story and work are inspirational.

    April 3, 2020 at 10:13 am

  42. Peggy Dempsey

    Thank you! I have learned so much from your entries and go back from time to time to look up information. I have been walking a trail near where I live every morning for the past 3 1/2 years. It is amazing what you can see and what you can learn if you just stop and look! Thanks for the inspiration.

    April 3, 2020 at 10:15 am

  43. Anne Eberle

    Mary, congratulations on the 1st decade of Naturally Curious! – and here’s to many more years. As you look forward to sharing your discoveries & beautiful photos, I look forward to your posts in my mailbox and have shared your blog with many like-minded friends. Thank you so much for all the beauty (and a few turds & piles of dirt) you bring to my life.

    April 3, 2020 at 10:17 am

  44. Wallie

    I don’t consider myself challenged in regards to the internet but for the life of me Mary I can not find the YELLOW donation button !
    Help
    Your fan
    Wallie

    April 3, 2020 at 10:29 am

    • Alice

      It’s at the top, to the right of that block of photos, above the Warbler photo on the book.

      April 4, 2020 at 11:28 am

  45. PeggyI Timmerman

    Thank YOU, for connecting us to all aspects of the natural world, both large and small. I learn something new from almost every post. As a fervent believer in the importance of biodiversity, your posts are an astonishing glimpse into the wonders that evolution has created. Thanks for sharing your time and talents.

    April 3, 2020 at 10:33 am

  46. NIna/Roy

    Congratulations, I love your daily notices………. Nina

    On Fri, Apr 3, 2020 at 7:47 AM Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: “Ten years ago, on April 4, 2010, the Naturally > Curious blog was launched, not because I was suddenly inspired to have a > blog but because the publisher of my recently published book, Naturally > Curious, insisted on it! My wonderful editor, Rebecca Didier, ” >

    April 3, 2020 at 10:45 am

  47. PETER LUQUER

    Hi, Mary;

    I am having difficulty making a donation. Would it be better to send you a check directly?

    Best regards,

    Peter Luquer

    >

    April 3, 2020 at 10:47 am

  48. Kate

    Thank YOU! We are so deeply appreciative of you and your work. We absolutely LOVE your books and the blog, so THANK YOU!

    April 3, 2020 at 11:04 am

  49. 22crow

    Happy Anniversary!!

    Matthew Crowther, CGCS 508-922-1499 22crowther@gmail.com

    >

    April 3, 2020 at 11:14 am

  50. Jim

    Congratulations on ten years! Your blog is exceptional!

    April 3, 2020 at 11:24 am

  51. Manya

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary. It’s a happy anniversary for all of us who regularly “imbibe” at your well of knowledge and creativity. I love your insightful posts and beautiful photography, and brighten each time I see a new email in your name! 🌻🌿🐝

    April 3, 2020 at 11:40 am

  52. Edward Kerwin

    We’re fortunate to have you. I work for neighbors of sort, the Wings. I take care of Howard. Keep going for us please.

    Sent from my iPhone

    >

    April 3, 2020 at 11:46 am

  53. Gale Harris

    How fortunate we are that you overcame your aversion to the Internet. You are a lifeline to wonder and wisdom for many of us.

    April 3, 2020 at 11:54 am

  54. Jeannette Segale

    Happy Anniversary Mary. Thank you for all the fabulous pictures and stories!

    April 3, 2020 at 1:38 pm

  55. Janis

    Congratulations, Mary, on your 10th anniversary! Thank you for the beauty and wonder of nature your blog engenders. I wish for another 10 years of your sharing your love and appreciation for the natural world. Best wishes.

    April 3, 2020 at 2:18 pm

  56. Sara C.

    Ten years is quite a milestone! Your blog posts are a highlight of my day, bringing calm and wonder – so very needed and so very cherished. Thanks especially for your two posts in the last week or so that really refreshed my spirit: The Peace of Wild Things and A Feathered Visitor. I am so pleased to have this opportunity to send you my gratitude for your erudition, vision and sharing. Here’s to another ten years!

    April 3, 2020 at 2:31 pm

  57. Cindy

    Your work is – and has been – a complete joy to me. I am certain I’m not alone. Thank YOU!

    Funny how sometimes the things we resist most are the things we end up really valuing! I just (verrrry reluctantly) was talked into FaceTiming and Zooming. Now I love it. – Cindy

    April 3, 2020 at 2:41 pm

  58. Viola

    Congratulations, Mary! I think I can happily say I’ve been with you from the beginning.Thank you, thank you for adding so much pleasure and knowledge to my collection of pictures and facts:natural history. I can wish you only the best as time goes on. You have a long list of “blog friends” who I’m certain feel as I do, privileged to find a new blog entry every few days. Thank you for your passion and desire to share.

    April 3, 2020 at 2:51 pm

  59. Jodie Rich

    Thank you Mary! Love your daily emails with great information I share with my preschool students. Happy Anniversary!

    On Fri, Apr 3, 2020 at 7:48 AM Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: “Ten years ago, on April 4, 2010, the Naturally > Curious blog was launched, not because I was suddenly inspired to have a > blog but because the publisher of my recently published book, Naturally > Curious, insisted on it! My wonderful editor, Rebecca Didier, ” >

    April 3, 2020 at 3:05 pm

  60. Kudos, Mary! Ten years is quite the milestone. Thank you for sharing the endless curiosities of the natural world. I’ve learned much!

    April 3, 2020 at 6:41 pm

  61. Nancy Button

    Happy anniversary Mary! Your posts have greatly enhanced my life. I am so happy to have met you and spent some time in the wilds with you, Jeffrey and Chiho when I visited them with Nan Galland so many years ago.

    April 3, 2020 at 10:21 pm

  62. Karen

    These posts are informative and help me stay attentive on my walks!

    April 4, 2020 at 7:44 am

  63. Ruthie Ireland

    We love you, Mary! Thank you for sharing your love & curiosity for natural world with us! I have learned so much from you. Especially in these times, yours is a shining light in the darkness. Peace!

    April 4, 2020 at 7:48 am

  64. Happy Anniversary! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for all that you do! You are so open and always answer ALL of our many questions! 🙂 ❤

    April 5, 2020 at 1:59 am

  65. Frances Strayer

    Happy Anniversary. Thank you for your 10 years of blogging. I enjoy each of them and share them with my grandchildren. You bring something interesting to every topic.

    April 5, 2020 at 10:11 am

  66. Happy Anniversary!

    April 6, 2020 at 12:19 pm

  67. Eugenie

    Mary, our family is certainly very happy you did begin to blog and continue to blog. It is one of the best parts of our day.
    Thank you! 😊

    April 8, 2020 at 5:57 pm

  68. I just came here via a comment on Bob’s Pennsylvania Wildlife Camera. Happy blogiversary! Long may you continue.

    April 27, 2020 at 12:49 pm

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