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Nothing gives me more peace than photographing nature.

hello fellow nature lovers

About 10 years ago I was introduced to this heavenly pleasure of nature photography. I was so charmed seeing all these pretty animals and birds in our Quebec garden. I had seen cats washing themselves, but here I also saw birds, squirrels, groundhogs… doing the same. Observing them was so much fun.

I don’t know if these lovely creatures have emotions like humans have, though I could hear them talk. And Margot the woodchuck started to tell me I had to publish their story, to show small and big kids that all creatures in nature are living beings and that they love to live too.  Of course Margot wanted to play the first violin in the orchestra, but that was OK. She loved to share the attention with her family and friends.

It was Margot, who told me about Eufrazie the hairdresser and how she create a special hairstyle for every critter, also birds, when some festivity is coming up. It was exciting to see all those birds with this special haircut. I had to photograph them and share this with you all.


Maybe you are interested in how to photograph birds too. I’m glad to offer you  here 14 easy tips:

  1. If you want to start photographing birds, you do not have to go far. It is best to start in your garden or street or a park or field in your area.
  2. It is important to get to know the behavior of the birds you want to photograph. Around what time of the day do they show up? On which branch do they usually sit? Do they show up alone or in the company of others?
  3. Use a tripod.
  4. Hide yourself, make use of a shelter, something you’ll not too visible. An old paravan, with opening to pierce the lens of your camera through can also be a handy thing to hide.
  5. Don’t make sudden movements.
  6. Birds adhere to the same habits, they regularly return to the same place. Choose a spot, prepare your camera and wait until the bird returns to that spot.
  7. Set your camera to a fast shutter speed (S in high number) and the aperture or diaphragm as large as possible (F in small number) – this is to allow as much light as possible to come in and to make the shutter speed as short as possible.
  8. Take your photos in the larger format (highest megapixels) because otherwise you lose a lot of quality when you make a cut-out afterwards.
  9. Make sure you are dressed warm enough because you may have to sit still for a while.
  10. Pay attention to the foreground and background.
  11. Birds like to fly against the wind direction to keep more control. So when you choose to photograph birds in flight, draw with your camera in the flight direction.
  12. Experiment with different points of view.
  13. Photographing birds is in fact, like top sport. Patience, exercise and perseverance are important.
  14. It is pleasant to have a bird encyclopedia or a bird app on your smartphone or tablet, so you can look up which birds you just saw and to learn more about them.


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Something new is coming up

As many of you I started this new year with good intentions. I subscribed for the Ultimate Character Building Challenge by Traci Sanders because I want to become more professional in what I can offer you. And from now on I want to announce there will be some changes in the content I’ll offer you.

But don’t worry, you’ll still will see my nature-photography, get some quotes of the day and I’ll continue sharing some articles or programs when I think they will be interesting for followers of my author page.

Today I want to start this new road by showing you a short video in which I present my two picture books. I’ll explain what my mission is in those books and how they are different from others. Furthermore, I give you a glance on my ideas for the following books.

Some other new things you can expect on my Facebook Author Page and Blog is that I not only share reviews I received for my books, but also the reviews I wrote for others. I also think of presenting you on a regular base another author or photographer/illustrator. Giving some tips etc.

Please let me know what topics you’d like me to talk about in future videos or posts!

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wishes wensen 2018 + klein

5 Star Book Review Press Release :

5sterren review Readers Favorite

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Author’s new book receives a warm literary welcome.

Readers’ Favorite announces the review of the Children – Picture Book book “Groundhog Secrets” by Lieve Snellings, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071Z35TDB.

Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

“Reviewed By Samantha Coville for Readers’ Favorite

Take your children and your whole family on an adventure with Margot the groundhog in Groundhog Secrets: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Woodchucks by Lieve Snellings. Margot will use her witty humor and her extended family members to teach you all about the size, life cycle, hibernation, speed, eating habits, and more of groundhogs. There’s enough fun facts in here to last multiple readings and there’s no one better to bring them all to you than Lieve Snellings, who is a wildlife photographer with a particular interest in groundhogs. You can see her passion come to life on every page you turn.

Lieve Snellings may have converted this reader into a groundhog fan. Or at least a fan of little Margot. The merging of beautiful, high resolution wildlife photos and digital elements is humorous and captivating. You only need one look at Margot holding a letter she just got in the mail to know the creativity is strong in this picture book. I think kids and adults alike will learn something from Groundhog Secrets. It can sometimes feel like a lot is being thrown at you at once, but in the end it’s enjoyable, colorful, vibrant, and fun. And when you’re trying to read an educational book to a child, whose attention can easily be lost, fun is an important element. Apparently, there is another Margot book so I know what I’ll have to check out pretty soon! Fantastic work from an author who proves that passion can really make a difference every time in what you do.”

You can learn more about Lieve Snellings and “Groundhog Secrets” at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/groundhog-secrets where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.

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AIWAW Review: Groundhog Secrets

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Other Worlds

Groundhog Secrets by Lieve Snellings (Childrens, non-fiction, natural history)

35277901.jpgOverview and Synopsis

It’s no secret I have a soft spot for animals. I was hoping Groundhog Secrets would clue me in to the hidden life of an animal I’d encountered on in Canada but didn’t know much about. Well, now I know a bit more!

Readers are introduced to Margot, a chatty and charming groundhog who is very happy to share the hidden lives of her family (and rodent friends). We learn all sorts of things from the unique fur woodchucks wear to their toilet arrangements (did you know they dig lavatory burrows?).

Narrative and style:

Snellings doesn’t shy away from including complicated, scientifically correct terminology but I think that’s a good thing. Children tend to read up and while younger readers will enjoy the lovely, characterful photographs, older readers might enjoy getting their teeth into the details. Some…

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A Haiku review by Baker Andrews

A Haiku Review          met gele lijn

First they are affraid.

Curiosity forms friends.

Teaching and learning.

Margot Gets an Unexpected Visit takes the traditional picture book experience and transforms it by replacing illustrations with the author’s own nature photography from Quebec.

The story follows the chance meeting between the main character, Margot the Groundhog, and a young girl on vacation from Belgium.  At first, both are scared of each other, and the photograph on page 9 of a scared groundhog will make children laugh out loud.

As Margot and her new human friend get to know each other, the reader learns more about groundhogs, as well as the other animals in Margot’s neighborhood.  As a hair dresser, Margot shows off her best work through the hair dos of other animals – and I imagine that these photos are some of the author’s best work too.

Just as Margot explains the relationship between herself and other animals in the forest, so to does her human visitor educate Margot about human relationships.  And here was the real gem for me.  This little girl explains to Margot that some people have a mom and a dad, and others either have two moms or two dads, or sometimes they just have one mom or one dad.

This probably isn’t a revelation to people from Belgium or Quebec, but here in middle America, it’s rare to see such a casual inclusion of same-sex couples in children’s picture books.  You hardly ever see reference to gay couples unless the picture book is expressly about gay couples.  And here is the real power of the author’s casual inclusion.

For the reader, it’s presented as a simple matter-of-fact, neither something especially noteworthy nor something that could be excluded from an explanation of human pair-bonding.  This book totally stands on it’s own as a fun, funny picture book that teaches kids about wildlife in Quebec.  But it was the unobtrusive inclusion of same-sex relationships that makes this a great addition for the classroom.  It’s one thing to write a picture book that teaches kids why they should embrace diversity, it’s something entirely different to see a picture book that just embraces LGTBQ, point-blank, without any justification or explanation.  That’s real acceptance, and young readers may not notice it as something noticeable, but they will certainly feel it through the way that it’s presented.

Baker Andrews
November 6, 2017

Happy Halloween 2017!

ANITA KOVACEVIC’s review of ‘Margot gets an unexpected visit’


This book is a lovely approach to combining a children’s nature encyclopaedia of animals with a children’s story.

Getting children to actually meet and communicate with Margot the Groundhog, thus being acquainted with forest animals, and also introducing the animal to human activities such as sports can easily be used in a classroom, or as fun reading for children who truly love nature. …

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