Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist




I like being outside… especially when faced with chores. I sew with duct tape. I’m heavily invested in staring out the window trying not to miss anything. The dust and laundry are piling up.

I'm the mother of these two amazing people...


62 responses

  1. Rie Hower

    Melissa, your site is great!! Love the “sweet thunder thighs” reference to your amazing bee photos!!!
    Not sure if I am doing this right, but would love and enjoy your photo postings.

    April 20, 2010 at 8:47 am

  2. Jodi

    Lovin’ the new background! Good to see the birds starting to follow suit! :)

    September 27, 2010 at 6:49 am

  3. Tom Vander Ploeg

    Got one of those wood peckers feeding on my suite cake in the back yard, along with a couple of nut hachers. Love your posts Uncle Tom

    January 10, 2011 at 9:56 am

    • melissakoski

      (: Thanks Uncle Tom! I love that you read them. xoxo

      January 10, 2011 at 11:39 am

  4. Hi Melissa subscribed to your blog! Fab photos.
    All the best


    February 13, 2011 at 10:30 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Helen! (:

      February 13, 2011 at 12:50 pm

  5. Aww….you have blue eyes :)

    Saw your racoon post. Good to see someone who loves the countryside as much as I do :)

    February 24, 2011 at 6:39 am

    • melissakoski

      I do have blue eyes- the color of my Dad’s and shape of my Mom’s. And I do love the countryside.

      February 24, 2011 at 7:05 am

  6. Keep up the good work!

    March 27, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Jim!

      March 28, 2011 at 6:54 am

    • melissakoski

      Jim your work is Amazing- wow!

      March 28, 2011 at 6:55 am

  7. Melissa, these pics are amazing!!!! im so jealous of all your little critters!

    June 30, 2011 at 9:22 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Jazz!! I know you’re a critter lover (:

      June 30, 2011 at 11:33 am

  8. Hi,
    i Checked your blog today and it tempted me to write to u are a great writer indeed. keep on writing,
    i hope i messaged you few days ago to.. :)
    as i am new at wordpress, i am trying different things to, can u suggest me something..
    Right now i am writing on Military Aviation. hope you like my blog to.
    Check me on facebook to if you like my Blog


    August 14, 2011 at 3:23 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Hassaan. Loved the photos on your blog. I’m afraid of heights (:

      August 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm

  9. Melissa – thanks for the comment the other day. Hope you’ll be back. Your site is great. If you don’t mind, I’m going to link you in my blogroll.

    Hope all is well.


    August 19, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    • melissakoski

      I’d be honored Lisa. Thanks so much! I thought we were going to move to Arizona years ago for a job and I was so worried about missing the seasons and having an out of control flower garden. But each year I have a tougher time with the winter…ugh!

      August 19, 2011 at 7:59 pm

  10. P.S. I’m a Michigan native begrudgingly living in Arizona. Don’t mind if I stalk your site for my Michigan fix.

    August 19, 2011 at 5:37 pm

  11. allmycke

    Lovely pictures!
    As for dust and laundry – it’s sure to be there tomorrow as well, but the sunset on a particular evening, a flower in the garden, a toadstool lit by rays from the sun – all those things will never come back looking exactly the same!

    August 24, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    • melissakoski

      So well articulated… and my sentiments exactly. There are so many wonderful moments in each day.

      August 24, 2011 at 11:23 pm

  12. Hi Melissa Not Dusting! Thanks for ‘liking’ my post! I’m liking yours as well!!
    Take Care!

    August 26, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    • melissakoski

      Your welcome Lee, Melissa.

      August 28, 2011 at 12:13 am

  13. You got very great blog with beautiful photo.

    Regards from Finland (North Europe).

    November 6, 2011 at 7:47 am

    • melissakoski

      Sartenada, thank you so much for your kinds words and for stopping by.
      Warmly, Melissa

      November 6, 2011 at 9:24 am

  14. Great articles and beautiful images . I’m enjoying .

    December 7, 2011 at 12:02 am

    • melissakoski

      Glad you are enjoying them. It’s relaxing to capture the day.

      December 12, 2011 at 11:44 pm

  15. My dusting is mostly limited to removing dust spots from my digital photographs.

    Steve Schwartzman

    December 11, 2011 at 7:45 am

    • melissakoski

      love it Steve!

      December 11, 2011 at 11:26 am

  16. Photos are too good and nature seems at its best.

    January 3, 2012 at 1:14 am

  17. Congrats, Melissa. You have just been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award. To accept, read my post on

    January 18, 2012 at 10:08 pm

  18. Great photo blog Melissa!

    February 1, 2012 at 1:45 am

  19. I’ve just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award – please click on the link for all the info, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful blog!

    February 20, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Douia!

      February 21, 2012 at 6:10 am

      • You’re most welcome! I’ve really enjoyed all the beautiful pictures you post on your blog – looking forward to seeing more :)

        February 21, 2012 at 10:17 am

  20. Love your blue eyes. :-) xoxo

    March 22, 2012 at 8:18 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Bob- you’re so sweet to me. (:

      March 22, 2012 at 11:26 am

      • I’m just an old romantic. :-)

        March 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm

  21. Just came across your blog–great layout and pictures! I love living in Kentucky, but you can’t beat summers in Northern Michigan…

    May 26, 2012 at 3:19 pm

  22. I don’t know which I like more – your photos or your outlook! So I’ll just have to keep coming back to decide.

    June 20, 2012 at 12:18 pm

  23. TheBlackTwig

    Because everything here is just simply lovely, this One Lovely Blog Award is for you.

    June 28, 2012 at 12:52 am

  24. Anonymous

    I am from India, Atul is my name and I am your number 1 fan. love you with all the love God has given me. you are an amazing human being. love your eyes. will you marry me?

    July 11, 2012 at 9:39 am

  25. Hi Melissa! Thanks so much for the recent follow. I’m excited to swap duct tape tips with you. I find it is also incredibly useful when constructing shoddy gingerbread houses from Target.

    July 13, 2012 at 11:20 am

  26. Thank you Melissa for your amazing photos. Thanks for sharing them. I got great pleasue watching them, they are colourful, creative, interesting and very unique.
    Wish you the best n your future endeavours!
    I subscribed to your blog with pleasure.

    Best regards, Arlen

    July 21, 2012 at 6:26 pm

  27. Dave

    Hi, Melissa,
    I just found your site and I’m wondering whether you sell prints of your photos? I know that a set of 4 or 5 would get one of my Christmas presents out of the way early.

    August 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    • melissakoski

      Hi Dave, I do sell my prints. If you send me an email I’ll respond with a price list okay? Sorry for the delayed response; these vacations were getting in the way. (: Not a real “problem”! My email is Thanks for your interest!

      August 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm

  28. brettdownsconspiracy

    I have to tell you I am not one to follow blogs. When I saw yours I just appreciated the perspective you show through your photographs and words. It makes me smile and reminds me to pay attention to the details that are easily overlooked. Thanks for sharing these little insights to you and your life. You are worth knowing.

    August 16, 2012 at 2:24 pm

  29. There is some really beautiful work on this blog. Well done. I loko forward to seeing more.

    August 21, 2012 at 6:00 am

  30. You’ve been mentioned on my blog.

    August 22, 2012 at 10:00 am

  31. Melissa, I am self-learning about photography and you take wonderful pictures. I hope you dont mind that I’ve added your blog in my blogroll.

    August 28, 2012 at 5:53 am

  32. Melissa, I’ve been a quiet lurker on your blog, and I love your work. I’ve nominated you for The Sunshine Award – do with it as you wish, but please know what pleasure your images bring to me. Here’s the scoop if you want to know more:

    September 7, 2012 at 10:53 pm

  33. Awesome clicks.. loved your creativity.
    Definitely following :)

    December 11, 2012 at 11:21 am

  34. I’m a pride follower of yours! :)


    December 21, 2012 at 2:44 am

  35. Hi Melissa.

    My name is Kev, Pleased to meet you. :).

    I am now Following your Blog. :).

    April 22, 2013 at 6:24 pm

  36. A most sweet woman! :)

    June 8, 2013 at 10:49 pm

  37. louisva

    Saw your name so figgered I’d stop in and say hi and also I have to agree with Jameson that you do not hurt my eyes either !

    June 9, 2013 at 6:57 pm

  38. Anonymous

    Beautiful pictures from a beautiful woman. I’m happy to be on this adventure with you. Not only on the trails and your blog but also in life. xoxo

    July 8, 2013 at 9:27 am

    • bfischer1964

      I’ll try this again now that i’m signed in. You have beautiful pictures and you’re a beautiful woman, inside and out. I’m happy to be on this journey with you. Not only on your blog and the trails but also in life. xoxo

      July 8, 2013 at 9:42 am

      • melissakoski

        I have to approve everyone’s first comment :)

        July 8, 2013 at 9:46 am

      • melissakoski

        Thanks love. Your kind words mean the world to me. Xxoo

        August 25, 2013 at 4:12 am

  39. bfischer1964

    You make me very happy Melissa. Glad I can venture into the woods with you and call you my girl. Beautiful pictures, but your taste in butts on the dunes is questionable. :)

    October 6, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    • melissakoski

      You should write this under the post part instead of the about part (; I have amazing judgement thank you very much

      October 6, 2013 at 6:47 pm

  40. bfischer1964

    you should not question me :)

    October 6, 2013 at 6:50 pm


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