Kim on Kuilau trail bridge (800x600)I spent most of my life very disconnected from the natural world. But something happened when I was almost 40 years old that changed everything for me. What was this momentous event, you ask? I’ll tell you: I put up a bird feeder.

I had no idea that the simple act of putting seeds in a feeder would open my eyes as it eventually did.

As the birds started showing up in my yard, I wanted to know what they were. So I bought a pocket-sized “feeder bird identification” book. And then I thought, well, why not add another feeder? And soon, another? I’ve always loved to learn new things, so this blossoming interest was a treasure trove that provided endless opportunities to discover more about the world.

My thirsty brain led me to subscribe to bird-related magazines and continue adding to my library of bird field guides. Then I started going to birding festivals and taking workshops and my interests quickly expanded to anything and everything related to birds: their habitats, their food sources, their behaviors, you name it.  I love to share what I learn, and that’s what I try to do here on the blog.

In the spring and summer of 2017, I’ve branched out to wildflowers and insects, providing a never-ending supply of things to photograph and learn about!

Thanks for reading this far, and please feel free to write to me using the “Contact Me” link at the top of each page.  Now, that’s enough computer time for today…why not step outside and see what’s happening in the natural world? 🙂

7 Responses to About

  1. Pingback: Finding the Joy, Redux | Nature Is My Therapy

  2. Aww, what a lovely story! I’m so happy that you found your way back to nature. 🙂 We’re looking forward to following your wildlife adventures!

    -Emma and Tom

  3. Your photography is absolutely amazing. I love your blog! I am so glad to hear that you discovered the therapeutic impact of nature after feeling disconnected from the natural world for so many years. Thank you so much for sharing your posts with us. I am looking forward to following your blog. 🙂

    • Kim Smith says:

      Hi Alli! I don’t know how I missed your comment but I thank you for it. I’ve just followed your lovely blog (and your Instagram too). Your latest post has reminded me that I haven’t been using my essential oil diffuser much lately, so I’m going to pull that out of the cabinet and start enjoying it again. 🙂

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