Welcome to Rick Marsi Online

For the past three decades, Rick Marsi's name has become synonymous with excellence in the following fields:

 

  • Visually stunning slide programs on nature and travel
  • Guided nature walks that educate and inspire
  • Professionally escorted nature tours in the USA and beyond

 

Purchase Rick's books and photos, hire him as a speaker for your next meeting or special event, or engage him to lead you on a guided nature walk.

Available for sale here now...

Rick's new book of nature

essays, "Log Cabin Year",

48 Reflections from Our

Seasons Past with illustrations

by Jan Mars

Price reduced to $19.95

Click on the book cover to view sample pages

 

Read my RECENT ESSAY "The Mystery of Robin Romance" by clicking on "Writing" at left.
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View a photo collection of "Trees From The Bottom Up," by clicking "Bonus Content" at left

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View my log of April  NATURE SIGHTINGS by clicking "Diary" at left.
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Read about Rick's newest slide program, "Low Country Journal: Exploring South Carolina's Beaches and Lowland Forests." Just click on "Slide Shows" at left.
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It's Happening Now...

Daffodils and a Very Good Dog
Early spring can have its dreary days. But daffodils change the spell. Over the years we've planted hundreds of bulbs in our woods. We do this in fall, knowing six short months later, bright splashes of yellow will brighten a brown forest floor. Even in fog they remind us of colors to come. The obedient black shape in the photo is a dog I had, Shawn, who would smile if you asked her to do so.


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Favorite Photos From All Over The Place by RM...


4/7/21 - It's that time of year around my place when Tom turkeys are on full display.


4/6/21 - By the first week of April in Central New York state, Red Maple trees have burst their buds and are showing off their flowers.


3/31/21
Another tree in spring to show early signs of life: Trembling Aspens showing off their white catkin flowers. These flowers color our local hillsides with pale white in early April.


3/26/21
Ever wary of human approach, this adult Bald Eagle sees me and vacates its perch in a tall Basswood overlooking the river.



3/22/21
A shadow flashes across a meadow just waking from winter. I look up and see them: a pair of Red-tailed Hawks soaring in circles, quite close together, deciding, I'm thinking, to get this whole mating thing started.


A female Pileated Woodpecker has been visiting my suet feeder all winter. I'm sure her visits will decrease as spring and warm temperatures approach. Females don't have the red "mustache" seen on males. Also the red on their crowns doesn't come all the way down to the base of the bill, as it does on males.


Dreaming of Spring... Shadbush trees in flower, early May.


White Pelicans preparing to land in a tidal wetland at Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC.


A Brown Pelican skims over the surface of Bodega Harbor on the coast of Northern California.


One too many Downy Woodpeckers at the feeder. Central New York.


An Oystercatcher in flight over the Kiawah River, SC. Oyster beds where it feeds are in background at low tide.

This is how all terns make a living, including this Forster's Tern.


They locate a small fish and hover over it.


They fold their wings and dive to the surface.


After a big splash, they fly away with the fish they have grabbed with their bill.


From a recent trip to Coastal South Carolina. A male Anhinga calls near its nest, with a female nearby.


A flock of Black Simmers above Atlantic ocean surf and beach, SC. Joined by a lone Royal tern.



Where I live, Bald Eagles are year-round residents. Our local rivers, and their ample fish populations, provide food throughout the cold months.

Red-bellied Woodpecker. Non-existent in the Northeast 50 years ago, this lovely bird now is a common sight along riverbanks and far up on forested hills.


I watched this Kestel hover over a stubble field before dropping quickly to the ground. Seconds later, it rose up with a grasshopper and flew to a favorite perch.

Photos by Rick Marsi
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