Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

Posts tagged “fall

the fall of Fall….

There are a few repeat photos in this blog, but since the last few years’ worth of photos were deleted I’m reposting the photos.

It’s a busy time of year full of dance practice until 9 and homework until 11. It’s dark by dinner and cold enough for snow. My fingers are so cold they no longer react with the touch screen on my phone.

A praying mantis with one antennae. One of the things I love about photography is the ability to observe things in detail. Making these discoveries, which usually involve a missing leg or antennae, are thrilling to me.

A praying mantis with one antennae. One of the things I love about photography is the ability to observe things in detail. Making these discoveries, which usually involve a missing leg or antennae, are thrilling to me.

A daddy long leg.

A daddy long leg.

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It’s a boy!!

Fall arrived in Michigan and is on its way out. It's already snowed once.

Fall arrived in Michigan and is on its way out. It’s already snowed once.

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This frog tried to hide under a log full of spider webs and ended up with web face.

This frog tried to hide under a log full of spider webs and ended up with web face.

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Elephant?

Elephant?

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A tree shaped like the state of Michigan.

A tree shaped like the state of Michigan.

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It's a boy! I'm impressed with whomever created this natural human statue.

It’s a boy! I’m impressed with whomever created this natural human statue.

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caught in the dark

I was caught in the dark running in the woods the other day. I don’t have time for these shorter days.

I made it out of the woods despite the leaf-covered trail.

There were lots of noises as critters ran through dried leaves. I was a little scared I was going to accidentally startle a skunk and get sprayed and less afraid I was going to get stalked and eaten by a mountain lion. It was great to hear the stream since that meant I was close to the trailhead.

http://youtu.be/oW8pzkERLZ0

Here’s the same video essentially, but taken during the day.

http://youtu.be/UjSdEn7i_4U

The trail was difficult to follow in the dark…..


It’s raining leaves

A leaf temporarily caught in the sumac berries. It drifted off in the wind right after I took this photo.


I’m huge

…compared to a spider.
A  Banded Argiope missing a hind leg. The grasshopper with the missing leg is still hanging out in the front garden too.  They are harmless like most spiders and  are capable of consuming insects up to twice their size.

More webs highlighted by fog.

A roller coaster of web…

dots….

Last day at Cannonsburg State Game Area….


giving my boobs a break

Last week we lost summer’s hour of dusk and the nights turned cool. The lack of daylight combined with cooler temperatures starts the leaves’ colorful death cycle.

I spent the weekend in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula at my cousin’s wedding. I also picked up some art from the artist Dominic Fredianelli, who along with my cousin, is in the movie Where Soldiers Come From.

It’s REBAL with an A in a rebellious fashion. It was a tight squeeze in my vehicle since it’s 8ft. x 4ft.

It’s down to the last few weeks to enjoy the trails at Cannonsburg State Game Area. Luckily there are several other local trail systems closed to hunting. All spring and summer I stuff any trash I come across in the woods into my shirt. Most of the trash is shotgun slugs. It’s time to give my boobs a break.

A mushroom in Cannonsburg State Game Area

Spotted Cucumber Beetle


Tree Frog

Crocosmia

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Goldfinch

Tomatoes from the garden

Swallows


of course I love Sassy

  Krystal and I set off together yesterday afternoon. She started running to the fence once she spotted the two mini horses for the first time. One of the horses ran towards her right away too…a thoroughly joyful moment.

  We noticed a sign on the fence stating everyone is welcome to pet the horses and if feeding them please make sure the apples or carrots are cut into small pieces.

  Within ten minutes three cars of older women slowed up to chat about the nice horses. The chubbier horse must have thought Krystal was one of its regular snack-bearing admirers.

Sassy trotting towards Krystal.

  Sassy, the older horse, reminded me of my sister’s dog who I adore….obviously old with wild gray hairs and jacked up patches of skin. They’re the same color and both  big loves willing to push their arthritis to the limits for a good treat and some affection. 

Chick magnet

So young.

Cattle sleep about four hours a day.