11 December 2015

Published December 9, 2015 by rochellewisoff

Snorkeling in St. Thomas

Undersea St. Thomas 4 Meme

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Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 98


                                                                                                                                                                               10 February 1830

Dearest Lucy,

When I think about your advocacy of this wild man who sails from one continent to another in pursuit of his ambition I am filled with love.

The English engravers are tirelessly rendering my dream into reality. I marvel at nature when dawn presents her in richest, purest array and hope my humble paintings shall be my legacy for our two sons.

I could not do better than to travel and finish my collection of the ‘Birds of America.’

Across the ocean, ma chérie Mrs. Audubon, your devotion sustains me.

                        Affectionately yours,


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Lucy Audubon


John James Audubon

94 comments on “11 December 2015

  • An excellent dip back in time to visit a very talented artist and learn about his incredibly supportive wife. Well done Rochelle.

    Sorry not to have been here for a while, i do hope you are keeping well



  • Well-written story and photos to accompany it, Rochelle. Thanks for the link that supplied so much information. I’ve learned some more history reading this. What an interesting and dynamic man he was. He seemed tireless in his work and accomplishments, and left a rich heritage. Thank you for all this information. — Suzanne


    • Dear Suzanne,

      I remember learning a little bit about him in grade school. I even wrote a story about him in 5th or 6th grade. But there are so many things about him I never knew. I love research.

      Thank you for your kind comments.




    • Dear C.E.,

      I found Audubon terribly fascinating as I followed the research trail. So I suppose I’ll forgive you for being distracted.

      I’m very happy you came back to leave such a nice comment.

      Thank you.



    • Dear Larry,

      I remember being fascinated with him as a child as I was an aspiring artist even then. You’re right. People are familiar with the name Audubon Society but have no clue where it came from. Fascinating and talented man, much more to him than a book of engravings.

      Thank you.



      • It’s mentioning something about putting a C before my name? But it seems to be referring to responding to other stories. I don’t see how I can write my own in response to the pictures. And when will I see the pictures? I’m new to wordpress.


      • Let me see if I can simplify. 1. Copy and paste the photo prompt into your blog post. (last photo, in this case, the one with the big yellow bird)
        2. Write a 100 word story that you feel connects with the photo.
        3. Come back to my page and click the blue frog icon…lower left of the photo prompt and then click on the “Add Your Link” icon at the lower left of the link page
        4. Follow directions…copy and paste your story URL..(line at the top of the page, ie. https://story.wordpress.com in the first box and go from there.


        • Don’t worry about the C. That is something else…kind of a little group within a group. Again…the only picture you need to worry about is the one that is captioned PHOTO PROMPT
          Left click on the picture. You should be given the option of saving the image

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  • I’m can’t comment how the style of writing is compared to the time in history this is set in, but I trust you’ve done your research. It is a bit wordy, particularly the second paragraph, but I think you’ve pulled it off well.🙂


    • Dear MissKZebra,

      Letter writers of that era tended to be more prolific than we are in our society of texters.😉 Some of the phrases I used are direct quotes, but I’m not saying which ones.

      Thank you.




  • Greetings, Rochelle!
    Love letters seem to be something of a lost art. Thanks for reminding us of the beautiful moments once captured only by pen and paper (no text, no email, no Hallmark). Marvelous story, too!
    Cheers, TMWR


    • Dear TMWR,

      Not only are we losing the art of writing letters, soon the art of cursive writing will a thing of the past. I shudder at this. How will anyone be able to read historical documents written in script?
      Thank you for your glowing comments.😀


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  • Great piece of history once again brought forth by you! It’s funny, I’m reading “The Signature of All Things” by Elizabeth Gilbert in which there is a character who is the “Audubon” of flowers…


    • Dear Björn,

      I wonder how many great men could attribute their success to a woman? Lucy Audubon also outlived her husband. I don’t know about letters but, as a widow in financial straits she sold her his plates to smelters.
      Thank you for coming by to comment.




    • Dear Patrick,

      Let’s just say that John had his ways of getting those birds to pose.😉 As for Lucy, she opened a private school. I don’t think she just sat at home. Someone had to support the family after all.

      Thanks for coming by.




  • C- I love the tone of voice in this story, you’ve captured it so well. It took me two or three reads of the first line to realise he was speaking about himself in the third person. Perhaps the confusion is only mine, but you could insert ‘me’ before ‘this wild man’ to make it clearer.


  • Ah letter writing! I still write letters to several of my far-reaching friends and to family. A lost art I am afraid. I still ask for stationery for Christmas and remain very sad that the Crane (wonderful stationery stores) closed their shops. An ode to the Audubons here! Excellent!

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    • Dear Solo,

      One of the documentaries I watched about him brought out the fact that he kept extensive journals and wrote long letters to his wife. Letter writing is a dying art and I’ll admit to preferring email myself.

      Thank you and Shalom,


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    • Dear Yolanda Renee,

      When my husband and I were dating and lived hours apart. I would write letters to him (no email back then) and hardly every heard back from him.
      Thank you for your lovely comments.




    • Dear Randy,

      It has definitely been a week for the birds. So lets all sing like the birdies sing, “tweet, tweet, tweet…” Oh, I’m dating myself…that was before Twitter.😉

      Thank you for stopping to read and comment.
      Chag Chanukah Samayach,



    • Dear Irene,

      I’m always happy to share tidbits of obscured history.
      Actually, Audubon did kill the birds first and then pose them with wires. Perhaps if he’d had an iPhone there would’ve been less carnage.😉

      Thank you.



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  • Dearest Charlotte Marie Whipple,
    I must to confess to chuckling when I read the letter from Mr. Audubon in relation to the photo. We all know he liked the subjects of his artwork to be dead, thus making them easier to pose. He’s certainly got a challenge on his hands with the filthy fowl in the photo. Will he pose him in front of a Charlie’s Chicken restaurant? I can’t wait to see which museum they hand this one in.
    Yours truly


    • Dear Fred,

      I would like to see the painting that might have come out of posing that big bird. I guess a dead bird in the hand was worth two flapping ones, that wouldn’t sit for a portrait, in the bush.😉 Is Charlies Chicken restaurant in partnership with Charlie’s Boneless Chicken Ranch?


      Charlotte Marie Whipple


  • John James Audubon is such a romantic, Rochelle. Beautifully written and such a creative take on the prompt! You always do such a fab job with the historical angle. I have four ideas now. I just need to write one!! I’m way late this week. Hopefully, I’l have my story up soon.


    • Dear Dawn,

      Audubon’s work was a gift that continues to give generations later. Thank you for your kind words re my story. I love the letter form but try not to overuse it. I think a book of flash-fiction type letters might be fun though.
      Thank you again.


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  • Fascinating dive into history. I love these side stories about these people, they are not the movers and shakers, they didn’t win wars but simply contributed to the growth of human knowledge.


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