Virginia Beach holds a special place in my heart. Not the tourist-trap, built-up, main drag along Virginia Beach itself, but a small trail that snakes through the marsh bordering the Lynnhaven Inlet. For an entire summer I walked this path every day, getting to know the egrets, herons, fish, crabs, and other wildlife that called the marsh home. Though I loved the fauna, the flora was also captivating, especially at sunset. These pink blossoms looked like paintbrushes, and appeared especially delicate when the breeze blew just right.
Erika Zambello is a writer, birder, and photographer living and working along the Emerald Coast of Florida. She has a master’s degree in environmental management, where she specialized in ecosystem science and conservation. Her love of the outdoors was inspired by a childhood in Maine, where she returned for her National Geographic Young Explorer grant. In addition to Maine, she has lived in New York, France, Washington, DC, and North Carolina. Erika believes in the power of communicating conservation and exploration, which was the inspiration for One World, Two Feet. View all posts by Erika Zambello