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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#Writer’sQuoteWednesday & #BeWow – Victor Hugo

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on our blogging event called, “Writer’s Quote Wednesday” and Ronovan Writes’ event called, “BeWoW” or “Be Writing on Wednesday.”  This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to right spot!

Are you ready to join in?
All you have to do is find your favorite quote. Find something that truly speaks to you. This does not have to pertain just to writing. It can be any kind of quote as long as it made an impact on you. Then, write a post and include your quote.

There are no rules to follow.  Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Fellow blogger, Sacha Black has an excellent tutorial on how to make photo-quote images. Click here to learn how to make exciting images with your own photos and how to add words.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is take part! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. I will share your images on social media for added exposure. Beginning this week, as part of the Writer’s Quote Wednesday post, I will include the links to the blogs that took part in last week’s post. Time is of the essence in my writing and I find that I need every spare minute I can squeeze out of the day. I no longer have the time to do a separate post for the Wrap-up.

Please copy the badge above and include it on your own post. Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader. On your own blog post do a ping-back to THIS post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  (A pingback is when you embed (or copy) the HTTP:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post).

Make sure to check my weekly prompt (this post) to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the HTTP:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

Since Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes and I have joined forces he has been linking his #BeWoW blog share (Be Wonderful on Wednesday) now to include: Be Writing on Wednesday. If you would like to combine both posts, feel free to do so and link them to my post. I will make sure and add you to the quote wrap-up I do each Tuesday. Please make sure and check out Ron’s blog for more writing inspiration and motivation!

























The minute I saw this quote, I knew it was for me.  That is where I am at.  I am trapped in Fairy Swamp.  I cannot think of a better place to be.  Magic is pervasive in the world I am creating.  I can feel supernatural forces at work within the swamp. I am a writer, consumed.

I hope you don’t mind that I shared this post again. I just love the idea of being a writer trapped inside a person!

Victor Hugo, was a French novelist, dramatist, and poet.  Please check out the Poetry Archive for more poems.

A SUNSET (From “Feuilles d’Automne”)

by: Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

 LOVE the evenings, passionless and fair, I love the evens,

Whether old manor-fronts their ray with golden fulgence leavens,

In numerous leafage bosomed close;

Whether the mist in reefs of fire extend its reaches sheer,

Or a hundred sunbeams splinter in an azure atmosphere

On cloudy archipelagos.

Oh, gaze ye on the firmament! a hundred clouds in motion,

Up-piled in the immense sublime beneath the winds’ commotion,

Their unimagined shapes accord:

Under their waves at intervals flame a pale levin through,

As if some giant of the air amid the vapors drew

A sudden elemental sword.

The sun at bay with splendid thrusts still keeps the sullen fold;

And momently at distance sets, as a cupola of gold,

The thatched roof of a cot a-glance;

Or on the blurred horizon joins his battle with the haze;

Or pools the blooming fields about with inter-isolate blaze,

Great moveless meres of radiance.

Then mark you how there hangs athwart the firmament’s swept track,

Yonder a mighty crocodile with vast irradiant back,

A triple row of pointed teeth?

Under its burnished belly slips a ray of eventide,

The flickerings of a hundred glowing clouds in tenebrous side

With scales of golden mail ensheathe.

Then mounts a palace, then the air vibrates–the vision flees.

Confounded to its base, the fearful cloudy edifice

Ruins immense in mounded wrack;

Afar the fragments strew the sky, and each envermeiled cone

Hangeth, peak downward, overhead, like mountains overthrown

When the earthquake heaves its hugy back.

These vapors, with their leaden, golden, iron, bronzèd glows,

Where the hurricane, the waterspout, thunder, and hell repose,

Muttering hoarse dreams of destined harms,–

‘Tis God who hangs their multitude amid the skiey deep,

As a warrior that suspendeth from the roof-tree of his keep

His dreadful and resounding arms!

All vanishes! The Sun, from topmost heaven precipitated,

Like a globe of iron which is tossed back fiery red

Into the furnace stirred to fume,

Shocking the cloudy surges, plashed from its impetuous ire,

Even to the zenith spattereth in a flecking scud of fire

The vaporous and inflamèd spaume.

O contemplate the heavens! Whenas the vein-drawn day dies pale,

In every season, every place, gaze through their every veil?

With love that has not speech for need!

Beneath their solemn beauty is a mystery infinite:

If winter hue them like a pall, or if the summer night

Fantasy them starre brede.

This English translation of “A Sunset” was composed by Francis Thompson (1859-1907).

My favorite class in college was British Literature.  I still have the two volumes of “The Norton Anthology of English Literature,” which to date were the largest books I had ever read about literature in general.  Both books were for one class.  I read day and night, wrote I do not remember how many papers, and finally got an ‘A’ in the class!

A friend suggested I read Hugo because of my love of words and vivid descriptions.  I can see the sunset in my mind just from the lovely description Hugo imparts: “…Or a hundred sunbeams splinter in an azure atmosphere.”   Take the plunge and read some fabulous “old” poetry at the Poetry Archive.

Thanks for visiting today.  Enjoy the challenge and see where your favorite author’s quotes take you!



#PhotoRehab – Foggy Mornings

I am excited about Lucile’s additions to our Photo 101 Rehab – The Clinic. Read all about her upcoming events here. This week, I would like to share how fog can make your images eerie and mysterious.

Here is a photo of Fairy Swamp on a foggy  summer morning. I like how the fog swirls in the tops of the trees and how the murky waters below are muted by the haze above. The image almost seems to be distorted from the fog.

This photo shows the misty qualities of the fog. I love all the different shades of green that can be found on display at Fairy Swamp.

Glad to see you pass through my area today. I’ll see you again,



A Foggy Morning at Fairy Swamp

I have spent the last couple of days working on my book, The Swamp Fairy. This morning I woke up knowing that I had to go to Fairy Swamp. I could not shake the feeling. I am glad I did because this is what I found:

The fog curled and draped around the trees and bushes. It was hot, around 80 degrees F. at 6 a.m. I don’t know if I was hot and sweating or if the fog made me wet, but I was dripping. I looked into the far side of the swamp and saw this dark corridor beckoning to me.  ‘Only a fool would rush in where others fear to tread – it turns out I’m a fool.’

I ran across the road and slipped between the barbed wire fences that encircled Fairy Swamp on the south side of the helicopter field behind my house. Not bad for an old broad, I thought to myself, breathing heavily in the humid air. I walked carefully, staying away from the watery edge of the slough. Frogs croaked deep in their throats while mockingbirds sounded the alarm high above. I watched for snakes in the trees and on the ground. I stepped carefully.

I had to see what was at the end of the darkness that beckoned to me. I was pulled, toward that deep black hole between the trees. Spider webs clung to my arms. I brushed them off, moving stealthily through the dense underbrush. Moisture dripped on me from the leaves of the trees. The swamp grew quiet as if it sensed that an intruder was present.

I crept forward as silently as I could. Dead leaves crunched underneath my feet. The smell of decay drifted in the air. The darkness deepened and expanded. The gloom made it difficult for me to see. Bushes tore at my arms and wet leaves licked across my face. Nevertheless, I felt compelled to continue.

I was almost at the end of the gloom. Suddenly, butterflies of every shape and color rose up from the stump of a tree. Next, dragonflies, their wings, and bodies bejeweled in the colors of gems arose from the center of the stump. Their wings commingled in a riot of color, a kaleidoscope of shapes. The fluttering of wings filled my ears.

I panicked. I was spooked! I ran as hard as I could run to the far edge of the slough where the swamp meets the field. I burst forth from the brush, my hiking boots covered in nettles. Dripping sweat and breathing hard, I looked back toward the blackness of the dark corridor. It was then I realized I had missed the swamp fairies in all their glory!

What a fool I was to run!

This is my contribution to Mel’s Midweek Writing Menagerie! I chose Option 1: Here are the rules:

Option 1: Sentence Starter – ‘Only a fool would rush in where others fear to tread – it turns out I’m a fool.’

The sentence can be used anywhere in the story. The maximum word count is 1,000 words. The genre can be any of your choosing; either factual or fiction based. You may use art to interpret the sentence, or poetry if you wish.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my tale of fact and fiction. You decide which is which.

Until the next time,






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,




One Word Photo Challenge – “SUN”

The creative Jennifer Nichole Wells topic this week is the sun! Many thanks to her for hosting this fun photo challenge that is weather related!

To participate:

  • Create a new post on your blog titled “One Word Photo Challenge: Sun”
  • Include an image or images that you feel fit the theme
  • Tag your post with “One Word Photo Challenge” so that others can find your contribution
  • Have fun!

Links to your contribution will be shared on the next week’s post.

Here are some pictures of sun or sunlight:

The infamous, “Horse-Hole.”

Sun, and the darkness of Fairy Swamp beyond…

Early sun slips into Fairy Swamp

Thanks for popping in for a chat. I enjoyed seeing all of you!


#BeWoW on Earth Day

It just does not get any better than this! Be wonderful on Wednesday, and Earth Day all at one time! I love it!

Ron and I spent our Earth Day morning mowing the lawn. It was one of those rare 80 degree F. days in Florida with relatively low humidity. After the lawn work was done, I transplanted some plants, and had a good old-fashioned chat with my neighbor next door, Su. We both love gardening and cooking, so we had lots to talk about and share.

I cannot think of a better way to celebrate Earth Day than communing with nature. Stop by the official website to see what it’s all about at Earth Day.org. You can read
how the first Earth Day actually came about.

Not to be outdone, the swamp fairies celebrate Earth Day also, with a bit of prose and a tour of Fairy Swamp. Leave it to the fairies to spread some magic in the world today.

The Song of the Swamp Fairies

Darkness descends dragging a veil of foggy gloom,

Fairy Swamp comes alive with a chorus of frogs and insects

singing the stories of the day.

Lightening flickers in shadowy clouds flitting across the inky black sky.

Tiny glowing translucent wings rise above the slough,

as heartbeats sync and beat as one –

The Swamp Fairies

glitter in the remnants

of the setting


  Enjoy your day and spread a little of your own magic everywhere you go.

Thanks for stopping by today. Happy Earth Day!


One Word Photo Challenge – “Rain”

Jennifer Nichole Wells One Word Photo Challenge has reset for a new year! This year her challenge will feature weather related events. Check out her blog here to learn more.

Jennifer says, “The challenges will still just be 1 word long, for you to interpret in any way you please. If you want to share pictures of actual weather events do that! But you don’t have to. Share a photo of how rain makes you feel or what you do during a snow storm. Share an image of your sunny day supplies or your emergency weather kit. Anything goes it just has to make sense to you!”


Silver and Jennifer got rained out!

Fairy Swamp is filled with the life-blood of the slough – moisture that fell from last week’s rains. I love how moody this photo is. A light rain began to fall as I stood there drinking in the natural beauty of the area. The smells were intoxicating.

Bushes I have never seen bloom before are full of clusters of heavy white flowers. The entire area is awash in the magnificence of spring!

Rain drops glisten on an unopened magnolia blossom.

Thanks for stopping by for a taste of my Pensacola, Florida spring! I can’t wait to see you all again.

Ephemeral Fairy Swamp

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Fairy Swamp is changing quickly here in Pensacola, Florida, as emerald leaves frame this image in time.  The bright green leaves of spring will soon give way to the cool darkness of the summer swamp.  The leaves and vines will soon be thick, making it near impossible to see into the murky waters, that today reflect the blue sky above.

I could hear frogs with their deep rumbling croaks welcoming me to view their world.  Mockingbirds, cardinals, and blue birds flitted about in the almost naked limbs of the trees.  The fragrance of wild flowers danced on the breeze, while swamp fairies disguised as butterflies drank dew from the vines in the trees.  Click here to see the latest adventures in Fairy Swamp.

Thanks for popping in to see my ephemeral Fairy Swamp for this week’s photo challenge with The Daily Post!  I look forward to seeing you all again!

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#BeWoW Blog share-Sharing Visual Joy


Ron, of Ronovan Writes, hosts a blog share he calls, “Be Wonderful on Wednesday,” BeWoW for short!  This week, Ron asked us to talk about what gives us inspiration.  I thought long and hard on this all day.  I feel inspired much of the day and am a relatively happy person.  I have recognized that I am an extremely visual person, so with that, I will share what inspired me on this fabulous Wednesday.  Join me on my walk to Fairy Swamp!

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Here is the road to Fairy Swamp.  Azaleas are ablaze with color!

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Close up of red azaleas in the morning sun.

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Look at the vibrant greens of the bushes along the road.

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Fairy Swamp is changing from the nakedness of a dead winter swamp into a green spring swamp.  New life is everywhere!

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Fairy Swamp is shedding the last vestiges of drabness, instead displaying her new leaves like jewelry around the trees that make up the swamp.

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New vines are growing, ready to twist around the lanky tree trunks.  The vines make it easy for the Swamp Fairies to traverse the swamp.

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Noticeable from the road is a wild rose twisting in amongst the trees.

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Here is the road back to Blackberry Ridge!

I hope you enjoyed this pleasant interlude into your day.  Nature inspires me to write.  I love the quietness of the morning and the way the sun makes everything shiny and new.

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Image credit: How Exercise Makes You Happy

I hope you enjoyed your virtual walk today.  If at all possible, try to take a walk of your own in your neighborhood.  Walking helps you become more creative too!


Thanks for popping by for a shot of positive!  Have it with your coffee and you will smile all day!

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