It is with a very heavy heart that I share the news of the passing of one of our beloved contributing artists for Blue Heron Review, Leilani Carroll. Leilani was the cover artist for Blue Heron Issue 6 and was also a contributing photographer for issues 7 and 8. Leilani was one of the kindest, gentlest people I knew. We developed a treasured friendship over the past few years, and I will miss her dearly. When I heard the news today that Leilani was no longer with us, I wanted to pay tribute to her memory, her bright spirit, and the light of kindness which she shared with others. In this special post for Blue Heron Review, I would like to share Leilani’s work from our magazine with our readers, as well as her biography. May her light keep shining—for all of us still finding our way.
Leilani Carroll had an appreciation for all things “nature” for as long as she could remember, but birds of all species were her passion. Leilani was a retired RN who adapted her photography around the limitations of living many years with young onset Parkinson’s Disease. Despite her disability, she thought “outside the box” to find ways to capture many of her images. Always using the opportunity to give credit to our Creator for the beauty that can be found in everyday life. Leilani lived in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, Gary, with the good fortune to have a small lake in back and a neighborhood that adjoins a 10,000 acre state park. She was delighted when any of her photos could spotlight “Alabama the beautiful” and the treasures it holds for those who look, listen, and linger.