This photo & blog entry was created by blogger Joanne Fritz as part of my “Into Nature” guest blog series celebrating the reissue of my book, The Ancient One. I invite you to submit your own nature inspirations for a chance to win signed copies of the new edition of The Ancient One and for your entry to be featured here on my blog!

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After living in New York City for several years, surrounded by steel and glass and asphalt, cars and subways and people, I returned home to Pennsylvania in the middle of a long, cold winter. It was a difficult time; I was suffering from depression and had to find a new job, new apartment, new friends. Walking through the woods in early spring, I stepped over a fallen log and discovered, to my delight, these lovely bloodroot flowers. They looked fragile, yet had managed to push their way through layers of dead leaves in the search for warm sunlight.  I didn’t even know what they were called then, but I felt such a kinship with them, I had to take a picture. I enlarged and framed it and the photo still inspires me from the wall of my office decades later.

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