Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

I smell like fire

Went camping this past weekend…..

Water Lily
Water Lilies

Canoeing on Hamlin Lake… the girls mentioned how they prefer zipping around on Aunt Jodi’s jet ski “waaaayyyy” more than canoeing while we paddled back into the wind.

Taking a break to climb a sand dune and swim.

Hamlin Lake, Ludington State Park


Lake Michigan

Sapsucker back at camp

American Redstart… first time seeing one.

The Redstart eating a moth.

Sapsucker woodpecker holes in a white birch.

Gray-headed Catbird. In field guides the catbird is described as illusive. This one sat on our picnic table most of the weekend and tried pecking open a container of carrots.

The deer at the campground were also tame. This one is in a small ditch.

A new bluebird family is in the works…. she laid her third egg yesterday.

The Allium dropping seeds.

summer light

This spring I dug up most of the garden to thin it out. Looks like I’ll be digging it up for years. It’s crowded!

Crosimia, a favorite of the hummingbirds once it blooms.


A bee on Geranium

Tiger Lily


31 responses

  1. Wonderful photos Melissa!

    June 26, 2012 at 6:51 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Jules! Trying to catch up with everyone’s blogs…gone all weekend now home to a broken computer. ):

      June 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm

  2. TheBlackTwig

    The water lily photos are lovely. And the woodpecker’s holes photo raises my hair…like when I see a honeycomb hehehe. I also like the sunlight against the grasses.

    June 26, 2012 at 7:14 am

  3. Will you adopt me? I wanna go camping, too…and canoeing.

    June 26, 2012 at 7:42 am

  4. Looks like a fantastic trip!

    June 26, 2012 at 7:49 am

  5. Anonymous

    Great photos. Thanks for sharing. Looks like a clean lake with plenty to do!!

    June 26, 2012 at 8:07 am

  6. Anonymous

    Great set of photos, Melissa!

    June 26, 2012 at 8:35 am

  7. Helen

    Great set of photos, Melissa!

    June 26, 2012 at 8:36 am

  8. You see the best stuff. More importantly, you take the time to notice it. Thanks!

    June 26, 2012 at 9:34 am

    • melissakoski

      (: My mother and I were just discussing this idea of who sees and notices certain things in the world. Thanks for stopping by!

      June 27, 2012 at 4:11 pm

  9. Once they come to love seeing wildlife, they will appreciate the advantage a canoe has over a jet ski.

    June 26, 2012 at 10:03 am

    • melissakoski

      Jomegat, I think they know how to tease their Mom like champs too. They know I made these same canoe trips as a kid with my siblings so they definitely see it as old-fashioned. (;

      June 27, 2012 at 4:14 pm

  10. louisva

    Lisa, you are making it too easy to make an off-color remark but being a gentleman, I shall refrain. GREAT PICTURES!

    June 26, 2012 at 10:46 am

    • melissakoski

      A true gentleman you are Louie Lou! Thanks for your compliment…it’s a beautiful place.

      June 27, 2012 at 4:15 pm

  11. Beautiful pictures. The bee on the geranium is stunning.

    June 26, 2012 at 11:51 am

    • melissakoski

      Thank you so much. The bee spent about the same length of time on each bud, but I didn’t notice its consistency until I chased the bee around the garden for several minutes.

      June 27, 2012 at 4:19 pm

  12. Man oh man, Michigan has places with beauty to behold when it’s not covered with snow.

    June 26, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    • melissakoski

      It’s even beautiful covered in the snow dear Rev.!(: As a man of Gop can you send healing prayers to my computer? It’s feelin’ ill.

      June 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      • well of course it is! suppose I was thinking i’d rather not be there to behold it in michigan winter; of course, with us having consecutive days of 110-plus in dallas right now, that’s brutal even for texas summer and especially still in june. tell your computer i’m praying for the Divine’s healing power upon it and if the problem persist trying throwing it against a tree and stomping on it; that’ll give relief even if it doesn’t help the computer. (let me know if you need anymore of this online pastoral care and counseling, dear.)

        June 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm

        • melissakoski

          You’re the best (: that big laugh you gave me was good for my soul. (:

          June 28, 2012 at 9:07 am

  13. suzysomething

    Your photos are so vivid. It’s almost like being there and seeing all of it in person. Thank you for sharing!

    June 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks for checking them out Suzy. It’s always nice to be reminded our views aren’t everyone’s views.

      June 27, 2012 at 4:22 pm

  14. louisva

    But Rev, snow can be very beautiful. Let’s be happy for our Michigan friend that she doesn’t live on the Upper Peninsula as I’ve heard tales about that place.

    I guess I can say it is beautiful because we do not get much snow from the normal west to east weather flow due to the orographic effect (when the mountains squeeze out the moisture) thus us folks east of the mountains do not get much snow. When we DO get a doozy it is almost always caused by having a high pressure in Canada sending us cold air and a nor’easter coming up the coast at the same time. This happens infrequently (perhaps every 5 to 10 years) and then we get snow measured in feet instead of inches and it can stay on the ground for a month instead of a day.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    • melissakoski

      I have family in the northern part of the Upper Penisula….where snow is measured in feet most of the year! (:

      June 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    • see my reply to our lovely michigan sister, bro.

      June 27, 2012 at 4:50 pm

  15. The catbird poking at your carrots is a hoot! How was Lake Michigan temperature-wise?

    June 26, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    • melissakoski

      Surprisingly warm for the time of year… low 70’s! Frozen toes, but we’re used to that (:

      June 27, 2012 at 3:57 pm

  16. Anonymous

    Some beautiful shots there……I particularly like the first water lily. Well done.

    June 27, 2012 at 2:31 am

    • melissakoski


      June 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm

  17. I just love your photography, Melissa.

    BTW, you went along with us on Safari as our photographer, and your turtle picture is linked up on my blog. Be sure to check out the post:

    June 28, 2012 at 10:00 am

  18. Melissa, another grand set of photos. Some of them brought back memories, too. Have you ever climbed Sleeping Bear?? I loved that shot of your garden. Have a great Friday. :-)

    June 29, 2012 at 9:14 am


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