Mrs. Gene Stratton-Porter, whose portrait appears on this page, the author of “Freckles,” just published by Doubleday, Page & Co., is a daring and adventure loving nature photographer. From her childhood she has lived in the country and loved the woods. She is one of the best known and most successful photographers of birds in the United States. She has waded through swamps, risked quick sands, climbed lofty trees and forded swift rivers to get pictures. Her life has been in danger dozens of times. She lives in a fourteen room log cabin at Geneva, Indiana, in sight of the Limberlost Swamp, which figures so prominently in “Freckles.” She is the original of the Bird Woman in this delightful nature novel, which has real sentiment and an exquisite love story.