Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

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This afternoon’s treasure…..

He had an old school woven lawn chair, but I never saw him use it. I wanted to steal it for a second, but liked him too much to take it.

Every time he casted he’d steady himself on the wood rail.

I could relax and take his picture (without feeling too too creepy) knowing that one of the big benefits and beauties of fishing is that, when you’re fishing, you’re just fishing.

Just click the photo if you’d like to enlarge

On February 18th and 19th Michigan offers a free fishing weekend. I’d link Michigan’s DNR website with the info., but you’re better off googling michigan free fish weekend. They really could stand to send a few scouts out into Michigan’s woods and trails and seek out a few of those creative types to help them with their website. In their defense funds are short all around, so please don’t hold it against them. (:


23 responses

  1. Alli

    Melissa this is so beautiful on so many levels…

    February 3, 2012 at 12:33 am

    • melissakoski

      Alli, thanks for saying so!
      Hope you and your favorite angler are smiling. (:

      February 3, 2012 at 9:45 am

  2. “one of the big benefits and beauties of fishing is that, when you’re fishing, you’re just fishing.” A wonderful turn of phrase! As terrific as the pictures themselves. So proud you let me officially adopt you as the little sister you never had. Although, from the way you’ve treated your blood brother the priest and your blood brother the cop, I’m sorta glad this sibling relationship with you is nurtured from a safe distance.

    February 3, 2012 at 2:01 am

    • Uh, that previous comment from yours truly was supposed to say “the little sister that I,” not you, never had. I can’t blame that misprint on Thursday night therapy at the Holy Trinity Pub because I’m teatotaling while this temple of a body is in training. (Ran 5 miles at the lake today and it was a HOT and HUMID 75 degrees–that’s ridiculously warm even for Dallas around Groundhawg time. And a hard rain’s a’gonna fall tonight in Big D and a wide swath of Texas Our Texas, accordign to those pretty boys that you so love (lust?) at the Weather Channel.)

      February 3, 2012 at 2:09 am

      • melissakoski

        I love them for their brains. (:

        February 3, 2012 at 9:36 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Rev. Paul. Your compliment means a lot to me.

      I’ll loosely apply my lovely fishing phrase in my defense…. one of the big benefits and beauty of having seven siblings is that there’s always so many to love and bug.

      Ya know what’s hard a tough girl’s image? Their Mom rattin’ them out! (:

      February 3, 2012 at 9:43 am

  3. Mom!

    Rev Paul – Lisa has no younger sisters either. She is spunky on paper but very loving with them in person. She is a defender of the poor, downtrodden and underdog in addition to being a terrific wife, mother and photographer. We all love her to pieces.

    February 3, 2012 at 6:21 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Mom, that was awesome to read. Love you.

      February 3, 2012 at 9:47 am

    • Oh I know, M’s mom and sister–her goodness and love and grace and mom/wife care shine through here as well as her talent with a camera and language. And she keeps us old guys who love to connect with her here LOL’ing a lot. Other than all that she’s pretty awesome.

      February 3, 2012 at 10:47 am

  4. love this post and the pictures :)

    February 3, 2012 at 7:16 am

    • melissakoski

      thanks (:

      February 3, 2012 at 9:47 am

  5. Amy

    Rev. Paul, she makes a fabulous little sister! She is always looking out for others, and trying to see the good in them! Good choice for a little sister! I know firsthand!

    Great pics as usual! Where was he fishing at? I am trying to picture it!

    February 3, 2012 at 7:20 am

    • melissakoski

      Why r u guys being so nice? (: Thanks Aim!

      He was on top of the Cascade/Thornapple dam. He was leaning WAY out over the water trying to snag something! I thought he was gonna loose his balance and tumble in any minute. Love you

      February 3, 2012 at 9:53 am

  6. Melissa, those are great, great photographs. They convey a sense of peacefulness and calm. Very poignant. I also like the sepia tone to them. Well done, my sweet. xo

    February 3, 2012 at 8:52 am

    • melissakoski

      Bob thank you ten million for your kind words. You’re a rock star (: Happy Friday… looks like more rain is headed your way huh? You should clean your closet since you won’t be out birding. lol

      February 3, 2012 at 9:56 am

      • The rain missed us here in San Angelo. I did go out birding, (and photographing) and I am sorry to tell you this, but when I walked in the house at 3:00PM the temp was 80 and climbing, with sunshine. So the closet will have to wait. :-)

        Stay warm, Sunshine. :-)

        February 3, 2012 at 5:06 pm

  7. I was also struck by the serenity of these photos. You really have a rare talent, Melissa.

    February 3, 2012 at 9:01 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Louis. I feel obligated to confess that I had my door open and radio on pretty loudly while I took these. This guy was full of peace though.

      February 3, 2012 at 9:57 am

  8. I love fishing with a rod. Nice photos!

    February 3, 2012 at 9:26 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks so much. We all grew up fishing in a murky pond down the road and thought it was awesome.

      February 3, 2012 at 10:00 am

  9. I love fishing. Great photos!

    February 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm

  10. That is great Melissa!

    February 5, 2012 at 9:22 am

  11. Very nice!

    February 5, 2012 at 9:23 am


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