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A Visit to Fairy Swamp

Welcome to Fairy Swamp, the inspiration for my book, The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy.

While I am away on vacation, I thought it would be a great time to share some photos and video from 2015 so you can see where my inspiration came from.

We had quite the storms in Florida and many of these photos share the effects of one storm in particular.

Below, you will see seagulls who have come to the fields surrounding the swamp to eat. The torrential rains actually drown the bugs. What a feast!


Down the road, another neighbor’s horses were out early drinking from the puddles that formed miniature ponds overnight.

Fairy Swamp was wet and wonderful that morning. The rains brought much-needed relief to the fairy population.

Water filled the slough. The sounds of bullfrogs croaking in deep bass voices filled the air.

Bugs swam and darted below in the murky depths of the black water.

The brilliant greens beckoned to me. It was only a month ago, the trees were still naked.

Here is an amateur video I took of Fairy Swamp. Can’t you just imagine the swamp fairy hovering in the foggy air?



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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. I love the photos, Colleen, and the video. So evocative! I look forward to your book!

  2. Wonderfully green and wet pictures.

  3. Gorgeous pics. Looking forward to your book.

  4. The sights and sounds…easy to understand your inspiration, Colleen. ☺

  5. I wish I was there, it’s getting so developed here…lots of megahomes going in.

    • This part of northwest Florida is still rural. I really like that about it. A half hour away on the freeway and you have the beach. It is what attracted us to the area. Glad you enjoyed the tour. <3

  6. OK so this is the coolest video ever! Such intense and interesting sounds! A piece of the fairy swamp in my apartment in NY! Too cool!

  7. Thank you so much, Colleen. It’s really wonderful to have such a good friend as you, especially during tough times.

    Thank you for thinking about me. <3

  8. So wonderful to see and hear Fairy Swamp in action, Colleen. Sounds like it has woken up for the rest of the Spring and Summer now. Glad they had plenty of water from all that rain. Should keep them going for the rest of the year hopefully. Did you see any fairy boats?

    We are enjoying an early British Summer here. In fact it has been summer for nearly three weeks now (well it has felt like it). Won’t last of course, and we are coming down with a bump from Friday when rain arrives with us.

    • Hugh, it has been un-naturally warm here too. We went from cold right into summer! No spring. Everywhere I look the trees and bushes are blooming. Wild honeysuckle is blooming and filling the air with its lovely perfume. Enjoy your spring as long as you can. Soon summer will be there in all its glory. I remember summer in England as being like Spring is here in Florida. Have a fabulous day Hugh. I am thinking about you. <3

  9. Lovely, as usual. 🙂

  10. How beautiful! And the sound was perfect. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Thank you for even sharing a video, Colleen! I loved the sounds. What an impressive scenery! I totally understand your excitement. Also I love the pictures. It looks so magical after the heavy rain.

  12. It’s looking very good and I loved the video. It brought it home for me. Have a great day!

  13. Ah, the “fairy swamp”. This post warmed my heart – we should all be so lucky as to understand the implications of fairy places 🙂

  14. Colleen, wonderful to see the Fairy Swamp alive and thriving. Spring does have it’s role in watering everything. Love your descriptive words. Spring here in SoCal is not as spectacular. Warmer weather, buds and sprigs on the orange tree, and more birds singing, but not a drastic seasonal difference. Christine

  15. I love your fairy swamp. Nature has a way of giving us surprises. Our spring here just popped out of nowhere and now everything is blooming and the trees are greening out. I will tell you spring is my favorite time of year, but then when summer comes, or fall, or winter, those will be my favorite. you have seagulls, we have geese and ducks. The geese have become especially feisty as it is their nesting time.

  16. The bull frogs certainly sounded very pleased with the situation Colleen. It’s certainly very green now, very pretty.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

  17. Your concept of images, words and music clips makes your presentation very exciting and powerful!

  18. It is beautiful!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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