Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

Living without fear.

Sunday’s high winds created ideal fawn-hunting weather. Fawns aren’t fearful and that makes encountering one a beautiful experience.

be curious

Sometimes I find myself flying through grassy fields,
bare feet,
stepping on thistle thorns,
shins to wild rose canes,
to enjoy one with no fear.

This fawn is knee-high with brittle looking legs.

The raccoon had three babies. I gave her some suet to say congratulations. Her nipples are way way smaller with the little ones on the outside.

The young raccoons stayed close to the Mom…. under her feet, under her face, under her tail.


Lovers overlooking the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids.


A water-covered carp at the fish ladder in Grand Rapids, Mich.

fish tail


A male Familiar Bluet. He mated with a tan female shortly after this shot. Some dragonflies have backwards-facing hooks on their penises that they use to scoop out any sperm they find inside their partner before depositing their own.

The Eastern Bluebirds’ feathers look a bit blue.

A young face…the size of the finger in the lower right.

There are two robins’ nests in the yard. One of the robins is aggressive and claws at my hair and follows me around yelling at me. The other nest, pictured above, is run by either an inexperienced mom or perhaps a clumsy mom. Thinking positively for the middle egg.

Some sort of checkerspot is my best guess…. I’ll get the butterflies down in the next few years or so.

Frog. I bet my Amphibian field guide is somewhere in Leah’s room. I’m currently searching for the equivalent of Cornell’s birding site for amphibians, insects and butterflies.

Michigan weather over the long holiday weekend featured August-like temperatures of 90°F/32°C. My garden is confused. June and early July bloomers are budding along with the May flowers.

A male Robin shaking water from its beak.

I’m finishing this post on the back deck and one of the raccoons popped onto the chair next to me…. I had fear.


38 responses

  1. This is fascinating!

    May 29, 2012 at 6:13 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Julie… second time close enough to touch a fawn. (:

      May 29, 2012 at 10:03 pm

  2. Anonymous

    Amazing work! Your pictures seem to get better and better each week. Keep it up lady, I love it!

    May 29, 2012 at 6:19 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Jodi Jane, love you!

      May 29, 2012 at 10:03 pm

  3. forgetmenotmvp

    Looks like a super busy photo weekend. Wondering how you got the fish to look at you at the fish ladder. Fawn is precious.

    May 29, 2012 at 6:22 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Mom. I was thankful for the action since I was pretty much homebound with the sick one. (:

      May 29, 2012 at 10:05 pm

  4. Anonymous

    Great job as always Lisa!! But what can you expect from a free sprit!! Always enjoy the pic’s as I don’t get to roam the woods like I used to. Love Uncle Tom

    May 29, 2012 at 6:27 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Uncle Tom. I always love knowing you read! Love you!!

      May 29, 2012 at 10:05 pm

  5. nature give me a lot of beautiful things ……

    May 29, 2012 at 6:27 am

  6. Stunning photos, Melissa. You have out-done yourself here. I love the fawn photos. Heck, I like them all. I liked your narrative about without fear. Wonderful post. :-)

    May 29, 2012 at 7:24 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Bob… I try and remember these sunny colorful days packed with all sorts of plants and animals during the long gray dark winter days! Enjoying your quizzes (:

      May 29, 2012 at 10:06 pm

  7. I’m surprised that a fawn would let you get so close, but it worked in your favor.

    Steve Schwartzman

    May 29, 2012 at 7:56 am

    • melissakoski

      I was shocked when one approached me last year, but prepared for the encounter this year.

      May 29, 2012 at 10:07 pm

  8. Just fell in love with that fawn and the flying carp might just be the coolest shot I’ve seen in forever :)

    May 29, 2012 at 8:33 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Tori (you’re “Tall Tori” in my head now that I’ve read your Kathy at the wedding post…she’s itty bitty isn’t she?) There were fish jumping and flying all over the place that day.

      May 29, 2012 at 10:09 pm

  9. You outdid yourself this time! Amazing photos… did a raccoon really jump up on the chair? I’d have fear, too!

    May 29, 2012 at 10:03 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Cathy…yes the raccoon jumped right up next to me. They were after the orange I left for the Orioles and get pretty insistent on getting their snacks…. and about pooping on the deck ): They’re hissing at each other outside the front door now finishing up some bird seed.

      May 29, 2012 at 10:10 pm

  10. Beautiful post and amazing photos, as always!

    May 29, 2012 at 10:14 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks for the sweet words Dounia!

      May 29, 2012 at 10:11 pm

  11. lottsa great stuff to mull on here today; good going, sis

    May 29, 2012 at 11:37 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks love! I went bad ass this time didn’t I? lol

      May 29, 2012 at 10:12 pm

  12. The photo (s) of the fawn melted my heart, he looks so fragile, yet so adorable.
    Have I told you how lucky you are to be living in such a nature-rich area?

    May 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Gracie, it was SO adorable. It’s legs looked so skinny and breakable!

      May 29, 2012 at 10:12 pm

  13. Beautiful images, Melissa. :)

    May 29, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Mike. Still want to get a macro lens after seeing your shots. (:

      May 29, 2012 at 10:13 pm

  14. awesome pics. Your commentary is amazing, too. Keep it up….think about a book!

    May 29, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Dad K.!

      May 29, 2012 at 10:13 pm

  15. That could b a green frog (Rana clamitans). It is distinguished from the bullfrog by that line that starts at the eye and goes over the tympanum (eardrum). In a green frog, it continues down the back. In a bullfrog, it wraps around the tympanum and terminates. In the male the tympanum is much larger than the eye, and in the female, the tympanum and eye are about the same size. I think that one is a female.

    May 29, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    • melissakoski

      Jomegat- Wish you could have sat at the pond’s edge for a bit and heped me identify. There were so many frogs different frogs in a small area….like a NYC for frogs down at the pond. (:

      May 29, 2012 at 10:15 pm

  16. Lovely verse … puts me in mind of Mary Oliver … can’t believe these pictures of your paradise.

    May 29, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    • melissakoski

      Oh thanks Scott, that means a lot coming from you! I’ve certainly landed on a great patch of paradise. Love Mary Oliver (:

      May 29, 2012 at 10:21 pm

  17. Meredith Barnes

    Such beautiful photos!! Nature makes me happy too :)

    May 30, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    • melissakoski

      I find it soothing Meredith! (:

      June 5, 2012 at 6:43 am

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  19. Ciao, great shots, love the flying fish, and a confused garden is a delight! Pull up a chair pour a drink and let it get on win it! :-)

    June 1, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    • melissakoski

      Ciao Lynn! It’s a lovely place to kick back….. quite “noisy” with all the baby birds and other animals running about, but in the best “noisy” way possible!

      June 5, 2012 at 6:44 am

  20. Stunning pictures. Can’t believe how close you were to the deer.

    June 3, 2012 at 10:07 pm

  21. melissakoski

    Hey MJ, thanks for the kind words. I was sorry to read of your passing on this week…. I’ve got some great search terms to add to your comments when I get a moment. (: Thanks for all the smiles.

    June 5, 2012 at 6:46 am


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