Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

A long day at the office

It started as a slow day….

Common Buckeye


Cicada Killer Wasp. Her legs have special digging barbs to dig an underground nest. So handy for grabbing sticks too!


Their name is scarier than their behavior. They hunt cicadas and feed their babies cicadas. They are not killer wasps to humans and not aggressive at all. The males are curious and that is mistaken for aggression often. The males cannot sting. The female will sting if you catch her in your clothes or step on her.



Hubby gone for days now, wasps larger than our heads and THEN we spotted school buses making their practice runs. Off we flew to the beach.


The clear waters of Lake Michigan.


Sea gulls at sunset, Muskegon, Michigan.

A float plane and sea-gull over Lake Michigan, Muskegon, Michigan.


12 responses

  1. Amy

    Love the pictures! Who was the photographer at the rope swing? Great pics as usual!!

    August 17, 2011 at 8:14 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Aim. Krystal took the rope swing one.

      August 17, 2011 at 8:25 am

  2. Love the rope swing picture!

    August 17, 2011 at 8:43 am

    • melissakoski

      Hooray for you being back. Jon got home and collapsed. I hope you found some respite after the plane landed. Can’t wait to hear about it!

      August 17, 2011 at 8:46 am

    • Me too! Very cool pic.

      August 17, 2011 at 11:06 am

      • melissakoski

        In the first picture my daughter took you can tell how nervous I was by how clinched up I am!

        August 17, 2011 at 11:42 am

  3. I am soooo happy you made it to the big lake…shooting for that next week~loves!

    August 17, 2011 at 9:57 am

    • melissakoski

      I thought of you SGT! It was so last minute, but we did it. (: Loves

      August 17, 2011 at 10:40 am

  4. wow! great stuff, M.

    August 17, 2011 at 11:05 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Rev.!

      August 17, 2011 at 11:40 am

  5. Anonymous

    I can certainly tell that Leah is her mother’s daughter! Great Pic., Melissa…swingin’ on a rope. You are certainly giving your blog followers and education. Luv U Mom K

    August 17, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Mom K.! The girls must have swung 100 times and dropped down the sand dune. (: Love you!

      August 17, 2011 at 9:42 pm


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