Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Two Years @ WWFN

April 2, 2012 is the day I began my adventure into blogging. "Walk With Father Nature" is now two years old. I cannot believe the attention that WWFN has received. 

I never dreamed I would write this much, for this long. I had no idea I would create so many poems, Haiku, and creative non-fiction pieces. 

Over 325 posts have been published here, as of today's date. Over 200,000 page views have been recorded. I wish to give a HUGE THANK YOU to all of the viewers: 

  • Visitors from 123 countries. 
  • Hundreds of new acquaintances from around the United States. 
  • 2,000 + connections from LinkedIn who are:
  •  Bloggers, Writers, Poets, Artists, Photographers, Editors, Publishers, Authors, Teachers, Administrators, Professors, CEOs, and Naturalists. 
  • Many Home School families are looking at WWFN regularly. 
  • And of course I sincerely appreciate the support of family members. 

My dear wife, Mary knows the time I invest into every post; searching for ideas, composing, writing, revising, revising, and revising until I am satisfied with the results. She knows about the planning, work, time, travel, endurance and patience involved in collecting photographs acceptable for this venue. I work hard to match the words to my photographs; or the photographs to my words.

My awesome daughter, Sarah, a Writer herself, has been a devoted "Follower", composing eloquent responses to my posts, and is a constant source of encouragement for her "Daddy".

Many people on Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, and those in my Circles, "Like" the Nature Photography that they see there. I assume you are all visiting the actual site at WWFN, and not merely "liking" it on FB, etc. I would like to see more discussions about the writing, the poetry, the learning... here at WWFN. I will reply to all of your comments. 

I also encourage you to check out the WWFN Archives: 2012-2014. Select a year, then select a month. Explore around through the seasons. 

You will of course notice the "Viewers' Favorites" column with every post. These may be subtitled: "Last 7 Days", "Last 30 Days", or "All-Time Favorites". 

You and your friends are encouraged to subscribe to WWFN with your Email to receive new posts as they are published. If you wish to write to me directly, you may go to my Google website: click here» Richard L. Havenga for my Email.

Also, click on any topics from the "Topics" section that appeal to you. There are hundreds to choose from: A to Z. I see I haven't used the letter X yet. 

Look over the "Readers' Comments" in the sidebar. Perhaps yours will be in there someday.

Remember my mission statement is always at the top of every post. I will continue to Give the Glory to God for this opportunity, this blessing, to share His creation in words and photographs. 

 Many viewers at WWFN have asked: "Richard, what are your favorites?"  From posts over the past 12 months (only), I've tried to narrow it down to 12 of my  favorite posts. Click on a few of these now, a few later this week, and please come back often to explore for more.

You may wish to compile your own list, then write a comment telling me what you like and why. Thank you very much for your participation. I promise to respond. 

Here are my personal favorites. Please click on the titles that appeal to you:

Only Silence Remains - October 14, 2013

The Same Sun - August 5, 2013

You - February 5, 2014

The River Dancing - January 20, 2014

Journey of a Journal - April 2, 2013

Willow's Shadow - September 9, 2013

A Wing and a Prayer - July 8, 2013

When - July 31, 2013

Silver Bells - Silver Prayers - December 30, 2013

The Way - March , 2014

Unspoken - September 30, 2013

Aspen Fire - October 21, 2013

May I please add a few of my favorite Haiku?

Willow Leaf - July 27, 2013

White on Blue - March 3, 2014

Gold Rings - July 11, 2013

Heron Sleeps - August 10, 2013


I want you to know that I pray daily to God for the Holy Spirit (within) to inspire me to write. 

I truly and sincerely appreciate you being here at WWFN for these two years. I am blessed and motivated by your presence. Please help me to grow and sustain this blog by passing WWFN along to your friends and family. 


Richard Havenga

Please note: 

April 2, 2014 is also Aaron's (would-be) 39th Birthday. Aaron is our only son. We still think of him every day. See "Journey of a Journal" above.