Hi, my name is Andreas and I am a “fairyologist” who has lived in Laguna Niguel since 2010.  A “fairyologist" is someone who studies the fairy doors and helps share them with others.  I really enjoy photographing and videoing the rich ecology, wildlife and weather of South Orange County.  People often ask me about when and why I first become a fairyologist?  After a back surgery, I needed something that would get me back on my feet.  The walks on trails in Orange County were just what the doctor ordered.  It was during that time that I felt the magic and healing powers of the trail and discovered the caring fairies.

Serendipity is always a great sign I am on right path… it was not a surprise then for me to remember that my history with the canyon goes back to my childhood when my mom and dad first brought me here.  Born in Los Angeles, I fondly remember vacationing with my family on summer weekends at Ben Brown’s Motel & Golf Course, a family-style hotel that was once located in the Aliso and Woods Canyon.   I loved exploring the rock formations in the canyon, swimming in the pool, building tents and sandcastles with my older brother and sister on Aliso Beach, and learning about the birds and other animals in the canyon.  It was magical. Although the beach cities of Dana Point, Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel have expanded and changed since the 1970’s, I still the parklands of Orange County as untouched and magical as it was when I was a child.  

                                      Aliso Beach 1974-1976  (My Brother, Sister, and Me)  

On every trail walk, I always discover something new and amazing, and enjoy meeting neighbors, visitors to the trail, and even other fairyologists.  If you see me on the trail, please say hello as I’d love to meet you and hear your story!


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