Those of you who have been regular readers of this blog over the past 5 years know that Jackie keeps her blog focused on the wondrous fauna, flora, and coastal landscapes of our region. She rarely includes much about herself in these posts, and so I’m not likely to get many words in here about Jackie before she kicks me out of her blog!
So, let me just say that I can think of no one more deserving of this recognition. I’m continually amazed by her skills as a naturalist – her insightful observations, curiosity, intuition, patience, attention to detail, breadth of knowledge, photographer’s eye, and commitment to sharing. Jackie inspires us all to seek out and embrace the beauty and mysteries of nature, and this is a tremendous gift for which I am very thankful.
Here are a few recent photographs of Jackie. Searching within a seagrass bed for tiny invertebrates during Summer 2015:
And, walking the beach earlier this year during an El Niño storm, in search of purple sea snails: