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Wende Essrow


Wende Essrow has been walking at the break of day for as long as she can remember. Join this wildlife artist and storyteller's off-trail adventures as she weaves a tapestry of beauty in words and photographs. When not teaching, she spends her time hiking, cross-country skiing, and painting. After decades of living with her husband and two golden retrievers in the wooded hills of West Falls, New York, she now lives in rural North Carolina. Essrow has an undergraduate degree in English Literature and a Masters in Education from Alfred University

Author's books

At First Light


At First Light is a celebration of the natural world, one morning at a time. Put on the coffee, cozy up in your favorite chair and soak in the beauty of a new day. Breathe deeply and turn the pages slowly through the seasons. Listen to the sound of skis glide over fresh snow. Keep a keen eye out for deer prints as you pass through the tall tree shadows of sunrise.

This exquisite book reminds us that each day is a new gift to cherish and explore.
Just as the late winter sun eases up the river ice, the pages of At First Light will clear your spirit and start your day with a warm glow for many seasons to come.

You will never really finish reading At First Light.

Winner of the 2019 Benjamin Franklin Award, Silver in the Gift Book category

Twelve Days Of Giftmas – The Wonders Of Nature


Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote “In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life,—no disgrace, no calamity, (leaving me my eyes,) which nature cannot repair.” At First Light presents this beauty and majesty that only nature can bring. Nature is made by all sorts of plants and animals so this bundle includes a loganberry ornament.



ISBN 978-1-942483-42-7