Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

Posts tagged “wild flowers

And then it was spring and finally summer

Bard and I hiked yesterday and parts of the ground looked like they were moving as hundreds of these little toads hopped about.

Brad and I hiked yesterday and parts of the ground looked like they were moving as hundreds of these little toads hopped about.

Huge crayfish (by Michigan standards...maybe 7 inches.

Huge crayfish (by Michigan standards…maybe 7 inches)

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Speckled May Apple? I've never seen this coloration before?

Speckled May Apple? I’ve never seen this coloration before?

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Cleome

Cleome

Clematis

Clematis

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Cute snail/ terrible garden pest

Cute snail/ terrible garden pest

Poppy

Poppy

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Wild Geranium

Wild Geranium

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Wild Violet

Wild Violet

Lupine

Lupine

Almost out

Almost out

Tent worms

Tent worms

Wild strawberry

Wild strawberry

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Swallow

Swallow

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Lupine

Lupine

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I finally have a garden again and it's a wonderful feeling.

I finally have a garden again and it’s a wonderful feeling.


If it has a penis, it’s not a spider.

Green Heron Green Heron

Green Heron and a frog.

Green Heron and a frog.

The heron only had the the frog by the end of a leg and brought it to the dock for safer eating. If it dropped the frog the heron wouldn't lose it in the water.

The heron only had the the frog by the end of a leg and brought it to the dock for safer eating. If it dropped the frog the heron wouldn’t lose it in the water.

A meaty frog meal.

A meaty frog meal.

Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

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Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

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Green Darner

Green Darner

This guy has a penis and spiders don't. He also doesn't have a segmented head or produce silk like spiders. It's an insect, but not a spider.

This guy has a penis and spiders don’t. He also doesn’t have a segmented head or produce silk like spiders. It’s not a spider.

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nature photography in nylons

A patch of trillium along the trails. The woods were brown and covered in leaves just two weeks ago and are now green and full of wildflowers and a lot of thorns.

A patch of trillium along the trails. The woods were brown and covered in leaves just two weeks ago and are now green and full of wildflowers and a lot of thorns.

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Trillium, the state wildflower in Michigan.

Trillium, the state wildflower in Michigan.

In the garden.

In the garden.

Forsythia

Forsythia

Redbud tree blooms.

Redbud tree blooms.

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Bleeding hearts. The next night we had a freeze that killed all these flowers.

Bleeding hearts. The next night we had a freeze that killed all these flowers.

One of my favorite trees

One of my favorite trees

A cardinal nest.

A cardinal nest.

There's finally an egg in the cardinal nest.

There’s finally an egg in the cardinal nest.

Newly hatched Cardinal

Newly hatched Cardinal

Pregnant deer.... see how the belly protrudes below her middle?

Pregnant deer…. see how the belly protrudes below her middle?

Some of the first wildflowers spotted in the woods.

Some of the first wildflowers spotted in the woods.

Michigan wildflowers

Michigan wildflowers

The last bluebird egg in the first laid clutch sits on the ground destroyed. It is now legal for me to remove the nesting material from the nest box. It's illegal to destroy a viable song bird's nest.

The last bluebird egg in the first laid clutch sits on the ground destroyed. It is now legal for me to remove the nesting material from the nest box. It’s illegal to destroy a viable song bird’s nest.

A few days later there was a new clutch of bluebird eggs laid.

A few days later there was a new clutch of bluebird eggs laid.

Female Eastern Bluebird guarding her nest.

Female Eastern Bluebird guarding her nest.

Eastern Bluebird fledgings

Eastern Bluebird fledgings

Sometimes I'm driving down the road and I'll see a horse, a donkey and a goat hanging out.

Sometimes I’m driving down the road and I’ll see a horse, a donkey and a goat hanging out.

Or catch sight of  a bird nesting on my way home from work and have to stop for a quick picture.

Or catch sight of a bird nesting on my way home from work and have to stop for a quick picture.

A leaping deer.

A leaping deer.

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Three robin eggs.

Three robin eggs.

Magnolia

Magnolia

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Catching some down time in the park.

Catching some down time in the park.

Had a great visit to the Skeba's farm on Lake Leelanau.

Had a great visit to the Skeba’s farm on Lake Leelanau.

We found some morel mushrooms.

We found some morel mushrooms.

And we found a fawn too.

And we found a fawn too.

Allium

Allium

Jack in the Pulpit

Jack in the Pulpit

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Camp cress

Winter Cress. One of the first green foods deer prefer in the spring. This plant is covered with bees and butterflies. It's blurry because it was taken on hay-filled trailer pulled by a tractor at the YMCA's camp Manitou-lin.

I try to balance my ass-like qualities with delightfulness.