My name is Isabelle and I am passionate about nature. I have been a lover of all things wild for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I would devour all the nature books I could put my hands on and would spend hours studying and identifying the wildlife around me. One of my favorite pastimes was to create little research projects about different animals and pretend that I was a wildlife biologist studying the latest undiscovered animal. I grew up with other passions such a birding and horseback riding. I fell madly in love with a little foal with four white socks and a blaze that lived across the street from my house in Quebec. After 22 years as my riding companion, my sweet Socrate is now quietly living his retired years in a quaint country barn not too far from me in Virginia. He is surrounded by five horses and 13 of the quirkiest chickens you have ever met!
Today, I live my passion by spending as much time as I can outdoors. I love to hike in the many green spaces available in Maryland, the state I currently live in, and volunteer at nature centers and as many citizen scientist projects I can find. I am also a Maryland Master Naturalist and am finishing up my graduate studies in wilderness management.
I have always struggled to figure out how to marry my work and my passion for wildlife. Although nature was always at the forefront of my interests, life has taken me in a different direction. I have worked as a programmer analyst, as a public affairs assistant at an Embassy, as a project manager and now work as a web professional for a higher education institution. With this blog, I hope to share my passion with you through technology (social media?) and inspire you to visit the wild land around you. I will provide weekly posts on my adventures and give you amazing resources for you to find nature in your area. Won't you join me?
"I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in." John Muir, 1938