Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

Vacation wrap up

Cedar Waxwing foreplay. She was sitting on newly laid eggs a few days later.

A summer morning. This is NOT the bus stop and we all appreciate that.

Another manicure by the lovely kiddos. They thought it'd be festive to add a black layer of crackle polish over my gray. This fish was just up for a quick photo snap before it swam on its way.

A Monarch butterfly about to hatch from the clear chrysalis.

A Monarch after freshly emerging from the chrysalis.

A pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers. They loved the Oak trees.


8 responses

  1. Awesome pics, Melissa! Looks like a fun vacay – where were you?

    July 30, 2011 at 9:40 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Laurie- great to read the latest update on your Mom! We were in Walhalla, MI just east of Ludington.

      July 30, 2011 at 10:18 am

  2. These are truly great photos–especially how you caught the birds in the first one. I like how I can see the life within the image!

    July 30, 2011 at 9:41 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks for the kind words Stephanie! The Cedar Waxwings were so chatty (and focused) while they fed so I was able to approach them pretty closely.

      July 30, 2011 at 10:21 am

  3. Great stuff, and the color and texture of the fish enhances that superb manicure the children gave you, dahling.

    July 30, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    • melissakoski

      Ha ha Thanks Paul. They were SO slimy, but the girls caught so many I knew I’d have to start taking them off the hooks so my hubby could have a vacation too. (: It was a good kind of scary!

      August 3, 2011 at 8:12 pm

  4. elmediat

    Beautiful compositions. I particularly like the use of line and framing of your subjects in the two bird shots. The colour and tone in the second shot is very effective. The sharp detail of the chrysalis in the foreground against the golden bokeh creates a striking image.

    August 1, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thank you for your kind and insightful words!

      August 3, 2011 at 8:11 pm


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