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Please Stay Safe

I consider myself so fortunate that COVID-19 has not diminished my ability to pursue my  passion, and I’m sure all of you are celebrating the gifts of nature during these trying times as well.   I hope all of Naturally Curious’s readership stays safe and is gifted with daily spring discoveries.  It’s reassuring that despite what humans are experiencing right now, the rest of the natural world continues its annual re-awakening without missing a beat. (Thank you to Ginny White for my favorite face mask.)

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24 responses

  1. Audrey Ball

    I love the picture, and your thoughtful comments. Thanks for all you do for us,
    Audrey Ball. Harvard. MA

    April 17, 2020 at 7:24 am

  2. Helen

    We are thankful that hiking, birding, gardening, sitting outside with our chickens have not been canceled. We are thankful for your blogs – you have opened our eyes to so many things. Now we’re just looking for one of those snake balls!

    April 17, 2020 at 7:30 am

  3. Bill on the Hill

    Good to see U haven’t lost your sense of humor Mary & a very nice face mask indeed!
    I paid my pond a visit yesterday & managed to see (1) frog scitter along the bottom, however just this morning for the ” 1st time ever ” I saw a mating pair of wood ducks floating across it’s surface! The male wood duck imo is the handsomest of all the ducks in the northeast and to date, I still have not shot one on camera!
    Bill… :~)

    April 17, 2020 at 8:05 am

    • Hi Bill! What a perfect time to capture your wood ducks with your camera! Good luck!

      April 17, 2020 at 12:36 pm

  4. Margaret

    Having known and admired you for 40+ years, I love seeing you in your owl mask, knowing you still have your sense of humor, and notifying you know that my Louisiana Waterthrush returned home to my backyard stream two days ago!

    April 17, 2020 at 8:06 am

  5. kathiefive

    And you stay safe and healthy too, Mary. You are precious to so many!

    April 17, 2020 at 8:08 am

  6. Thank you Mary for being able to stay SAFELY on “the job” for all of us and of course, yourself.

    April 17, 2020 at 8:17 am

  7. Love that mask! Perfect. Thank you for these words.

    April 17, 2020 at 8:24 am

  8. Laura

    So glad you are well. Your posts always bring a breath of fresh air to my day. We need those reminders of how resilient nature is.

    April 17, 2020 at 8:27 am

  9. Sally

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful mask. May you stay healthy and safe.

    April 17, 2020 at 8:56 am

  10. Barbara Barry

    Mary. –
    You and your family please stay safe!
    I love your mask!
    Barbara Barry

    April 17, 2020 at 9:07 am

  11. serenityrose04hotmailcom

    God bless Stay Safe!

    Fortunate enough to watch a little nature in my courtyard complex, have mated nesting pair of chickadees and could hear peepers about a week ago off in the distance. So looking forward to when our parks and woods will be able to open even more. As a senior I am not taking the risks for now, staying at home.

    peace, prayers and serenity,

    Rose ________________________________

    April 17, 2020 at 9:31 am

  12. Alice

    Doubting that any mask could be more perfect! Although…maybe a yellow Lab… stay safe & I, as well, thank you for all your awesome posts with gorgeous photos & all the research that goes into the information you give us. ❤️

    April 17, 2020 at 9:34 am

  13. Pat Thomas

    thank you for making us smile and see the beauty of nature. yesterday the wild leeks started to peek up in our yard. we still have a few little snow piles here and there

    April 17, 2020 at 10:04 am

  14. Wallie

    Right on Mary- it’s nature that continues to keep me sane

    April 17, 2020 at 12:29 pm

  15. Oh, I LOVE your mask!! And following your blog is such a treat during these shut-in days!

    April 17, 2020 at 1:46 pm

  16. Alan Keitt

    Nice to see your face again (just joking) . Long time since our first field trip down Rte 5 to see the huge flocks of Canada geese along the River. The passerines are on their way north from here in Florida – soon to arrive in their seasonal pandemic.

    April 17, 2020 at 3:34 pm

  17. Viola

    Perfect! Love it!

    April 17, 2020 at 4:44 pm

  18. Ginger Laurits

    Thank you, Mary. Your posts are helping to keep me sane during this period….sending me out into the woods to look for things. I wish I had your ability to observe! I love your mask. Be well

    Ginger Laurits

    Ginger Laurits

    On Fri, Apr 17, 2020 at 7:08 AM Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: ” I consider myself so fortunate that COVID-19 has > not diminished my ability to pursue my passion, and I’m sure all of you > are celebrating the gifts of nature during these trying times as well. I > hope all of Naturally Curious’s readership stays safe ” >

    April 17, 2020 at 5:52 pm

  19. Kris Burnett

    Hi Mary,
    The other day during the rainstorm, I wrote this little ‘modified haiku’.

    Outside the rain falls
    Soaking the dark earth
    Life stirs, despite everything

    Your morning messages lift me up every day.

    April 17, 2020 at 6:50 pm

  20. Kathleen Lynch1038 High St

    Dear Mary Holland, Thank you so much for all the wonderful beauty you share….I can not imagine not seeing you three days a week to bolster us. My daughter Kelly Lynch Dwyer from NH Audubon finds you to be her mentor and I agree. Please be safe and healthy and know you mean so much to us.

    April 17, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    • Thank you so much for your very kind words, Kathleen. I am so touched. My very best to you and Kelly. Mary

      April 17, 2020 at 8:06 pm

  21. Sue S

    Wonderful mask!! And so very grateful for you sharing your sense of wonder with our natural surroundings. We live on a small pond, the activity of fauna and flora rebirth is such a kick to observe. There’s always a rhythm with water. Nature fills the senses and replenishes the soul. So look forward to your posts and fabulous photographs.

    April 18, 2020 at 8:35 am

  22. Deborah Luquer

    Whoa ! I just read your email again…, with a mask. So, you have had the dreaded disease?

    Sent from my iPad


    April 19, 2020 at 1:43 pm

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