Blog Post by DK Christi - Apr.03.2013 - 6:11 pm
The rare and endangered ghost orchid is found only in the Florida Everglades and parts of Cuba. It is losing habitat to climate change, population encroachment, and general disrespect for the fragile ecosystem that provides unique and valuable species of plants and animals that may disappear before discovery.
Blair Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a piece of the Everglades saved for perpetuity, nearly pristine with 600 year old cypress that was at the edge of cutting when the land was saved for me. Yes, I believe it was saved for me because on my birthday in July 2007, I was walking on the boardwalk when the singular ghost orchid plant that had a yield of over 20 blooms, revealed itself high in the cypress canopy. The plant may be as many as thirty to fifty years old, maturing out of view in all its magnificence. I was mesmerized and followed its blooming each summer from March through September for three years. Inspired by the effect of daily walks to observe my birthday present, the mystery novel, Ghost Orchid flowed from my pen. National Public Radio reviews praised Ghost Orchid for the beauty of the Everglades that shines through on every page, the ghost orchid the heart and soul of the story.
Environmentalists already cry out to save natural habitats, but they are small in numbers compared to those set on destruction to the tune of progress and profits. A new audience needs to feel the soul soothing benefits of a misty walk beneath a cypress canopy to commune with squirrels, bear, alligators, graceful egrets and of course, my ghost orchid and its beautiful companions the swamp lilies and blue iris. My own experience finding serenity and the strength to face the adversities in my own life's path with the soothing balm of the life force pulsing through the Everglades is expressed through the characters in Ghost Orchid. I hope through their unfolding story they will attract a new audience of readers to join the force that saves natural habitats for future generations - forever. www.dkchristi.com
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