5 Days – 5 Photos Challenge: The Elusive Red Swamp Fairy

I have been selected by Jennifer Nichole Wells to participate in the 5 photos – 5 days challenge. What does this mean for you, dear readers?

The challenge rules: “Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and tell a story about each photo.  The story can be truth or fiction, poetry or prose.  Each day one must also nominate a fellow blogger to participate in the challenge.”

Day 3: The Elusive Red Swamp Fairy

I was able to capture a photo this morning

of the rarest sight indeed –

this elusive red swamp fairy

visited me with the utmost speed.

I chased, I cajoled, I begged him to light,

there was no way I was giving up this fight!

I had to have proof that magic does dwell,

in the mystic location down from my well.

Along the tree line that edges the field

the horse-hole gateway beckoned to me –

One step inside and back in time, you will be,

all alone with the elusive

red swamp fairy.


This photo and poem are inspired by my tales of the swamp fairies which you can find on my blog by clicking here. My first young adult novel called The Swamp Fairy is currently under construction with a plan to (hopefully) publish by November 2015; to coincide with my anniversary of the discovery of the fairies last November. Here is a brief synopsis of the story:

“One autumn day, on her way to school, twelve-year-old Abigail (Abby) Forester meets a fairy who asks for her help in saving the fairy kingdom that resides in the nearby swamp down the road. A new housing project with 180 units is being built next door, threatening the existence of the swamp fairies.

The swamp fairy explains to Abby that it is her destiny to help them, as she was chosen long ago in a different time and place. The fairies have always helped humans in the past. Abby proves to be the link who can help preserve the fairy kingdom, and the natural balance between their world and ours, to keep them both intact. One place cannot survive without the other.

Abby tells her best friend Savanna, and together the two girls embark on an adventure to save Fairy Swamp. They travel back into time to the beginning of Pensacola, Florida, where the girls learn about becoming stewards of the land, human equality, and what cultural harmony really means.”

Today, I would like to ask Lisa, from Rebirth of Lisa to take up the photography/story telling gauntlet. I am excited to see what Lisa will come up with!

Thanks for visiting. I will see you tomorrow,




About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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  1. This was beautifully done <3

  2. Yeah… I love it!

  3. The poem is wonderful, Colleen. So full of delight and magic I was grinning from ear to ear 😀 I can’t wait to learn more about The Swamp Fairy. How exciting that you’re planning to publish this year <3

  4. 🙂
    These lines are so powerful!
    I was so absorbed in reading them that I actually feel sad when I reached at the end 🙂

  5. Nicely done, Colleen! You really did well mixing the mediums of photography, poetry, and story telling. I loved it!

    • Thanks, Rob. I seem to be writing ponderously slow right now. The heat has sucked the energy right out of me. I am really glad for this challenge. It has given me some new inspiration! <3

  6. Hearing about Fairy Swamp always brings a smile to my face 🙂

    Keep the handwork up Colleen, because I just have a feeling that your book is going to do very well. <3

    • I am finished with part one. Part two is giving me some trouble. I have to think it through and I will be fine. Once I have that part done I will send it your way for a read. I am a bit worn out right now with the weather so hot. The dogs have been feeling poorly, and poor Sugar is back at the vet. That diabetes is hard on such a small girl.

      • Wasn’t aware there was going to be more than one part Colleen. That’s really exiting news.

        So sorry to hear about Sugar and Spice. I’m guessing the extreme heat will also have something to do with it? Toby does not like the heat at all so thankfully our Summer has been cool so far and there are no signs of it getting really hot. Over the channel in France it’s was 35 degrees yesterday. Both Toby and I would melt in that heat.

        Toby sends his love to you all but especially the girls.

      • I hope she is home today Colleen. Just like Ron and you, Spice must miss her so much when she is not around.

        • She just got home. Apparently she ate something (outside in the backyard, you know what I mean) terrible and has bacteria running through her! Antibiotics and a reduction in her insulin – again. I have a special chicken and rice food to give her that hopefully she can keep down. Ahh, the trials of my hairy children. <3 Spice did miss her something awful.

      • Good to hear she is home Colleen.

        Chicken and rice always seem to do the trick. When ever Toby has had an upset stomach it is the only thing he seems to be able to keep down.

        • That is good to hear. We have to feed her then give her the insulin shot. If it doesn’t stay down, then we have to give her a bit of Karo syrup because of her sugar issues. I just hope she can eat and hold it. Poor thing. The vet gave her an IV as she was dehydrated.

  7. Magical! A steady pace sometimes wins the day. Sorry to hear about Sugar. Hope she gets better soon.

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  9. I loved the poem! I am looking forward to reading your book. I’ll be watching for updates.

  10. Very beautiful article. Great job.

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  13. I love this! And your story sounds so intriguing.

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