Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

vacation wrap up

I went to visit a friend who moved from Michigan to North Carolina with several friends….. I’m the one without shoes. (just like at home!) Things are casual in this beach town. I was shoeless later in the evening because the floor was made out of sand. Sand! Between the sand and decks, Carolina Beach is officially not heel-friendly city. Always carry a shoe-sized purse…. or don’t wear shoes.

And we all brought our kids…. and that was loud….

And we visited the ocean…. Don’t look up Leah!

And found out my finger nails are as dirty as a six year old boy’s….

And saw lots of different kinds of birds….

And visited a local aquarium…..

These photos were taken before the trip to the ocean on a fresh water lake in Michigan….

I blissfully watched this storm from midnight until 2am one night.

lightening behind the screen door

Long Lake

Eastern Painted Turtle… much harder to catch in water than on land.

Eastern Painted Turtle in the water

I released the turtles caught by all the nieces and nephews every day…..

Now it’s back to sports practices and school prep…. and back to the woods before they close for hunting in a few short and sad weeks.

back home in the woods is a great thing

These are blurry because they’re taken at the top of an uphill at the end of the run. I still like them because it’s exciting (to me) knowing you may have to dive off the path any minute to avoid getting run over.

always looking for a good spot to dive and roll (:


19 responses

  1. Helen

    Sweet photos!

    August 14, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Helen (:

      August 15, 2012 at 12:26 pm

  2. What a fantastic post in every way – that photograph of the bird and the little girl is wondrous!

    August 14, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Julie. She’s my baby in every way… always digging in the dirt checking things out!

      August 15, 2012 at 12:27 pm

  3. Great post and great photos, Melissa. I like those jellyfish shots, very colorful. And, oh yes, I did recogize you with the bare feet. How could I not miss the prettiest and blue-eyed of the bunch. :-)

    August 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Bob…. I took those jellyfish from my phone. I have GOT to clean that tiny lens. You are so sweet to me- thank you (:

      August 15, 2012 at 12:28 pm

  4. Beautiful; i’m sure you had a much-needed large time.
    btw, that top photo—bring them ALL down here with you.

    August 14, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    • melissakoski

      (; I posted that for you Rev. Paul…. same bunch chatting up vacation next year. lol

      August 15, 2012 at 12:29 pm

  5. I also like those jellyfish photos and the turtle close-up!

    August 14, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Sheila. I loved seeing all those turtles at the lake!

      August 15, 2012 at 12:29 pm

  6. Sue McB

    Love the Pelican…

    August 15, 2012 at 2:58 am

    • melissakoski

      Sue, I got to see one dive head first into the water…so cool!

      August 15, 2012 at 12:30 pm

  7. louisva

    Uh, what Paul said – no – better not!

    August 15, 2012 at 8:54 am

    • melissakoski

      (: We were pretty close to you Louie Lou….

      August 15, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      • louisva

        Yes, it’s about 255 miles to Carolina Beach. I’ve never been that far south to go beaching. When we go to the beach, we go to Hatteras Island, rent one of those McMansions on the water, and split the cost with several families. Our trip is about 160 miles.

        August 15, 2012 at 5:55 pm

  8. Beautiful photos, Melissa. Sounds like one fab time! I do love the jellyfish photos too, they look so alive against that blue background.

    August 15, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Gracie. They looked stunning in person and I think we all could have stayed there and enjoyed staring at them for hours. (: (but we were hungry!)

      August 15, 2012 at 12:31 pm

  9. Michael Vander Ploeg

    when you’re hungry you have to eat. Great pic’s Lisa looks like you had a good time. Did you see the beware of the alligator signs? Love Uncle Michael

    August 15, 2012 at 2:14 pm

  10. suzysomething

    Melissa, thanks for another vicarious vacation!!

    August 17, 2012 at 12:15 pm


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