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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 "Grandpa's Bear Stories" by clicking on "Writing" at left.
----------------------------------------------------------View new HUMMINGBIRD PHOTOS by clicking "Bonus Content" at left.
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View my log of September NATURE SIGHTINGS by clicking "Diary" at left.
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Read about my newest slide program, "For The Love Of Wetlands" Just click on "Slide Shows" at left. 
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A Selection of Late Summer Photos 

Thorn Apples have ripened and migrating Robins will feast on them during their journeys south.


Coneflowers in my garden have gone to seed, and the neighborhood Goldfinches are taking advantage.


It's the right time of year to seek out Hen-of-the-Woods mushrooms at the base of old oak trees.


Bald Eagles migrate south early. September is the month when the most are sighted from hawk watch stations such as Franklin Mountain near Oneonta, NY.


Staghorn Sumac is one of the first - and brightest - colors of early autumn.


Shorebirds use September to make their way south from Arctic breeding grounds. I look for Least Sandpipers along muddy banks of rivers, streams and ponds.


Local roadsides in Central New York where I live are showing off the purples of New England Aster.
 

This Red-tailed Hawk soaring over my house is a resident I've been seeing all year. Migrants won't start flying by on Northwest winds until October.


Migrating Monarchs are on the move, sometimes traveling up to 60 miles a day under favorable conditions. On the way, they stop to sip nectar from a nmber of flowers, including this Leopard Plant (Ligularia dentata).



We have Green Frogs in our garden pond. They compete for prime hunting hideouts. Winners seem to twang the loudest.


A true pleasure of summer: looking up through the branches of a healthy Red Maple while sitting on a garden bench in early morning.


August in our garden is Hydrangea time. The biggest ones here are Limelights. They will turn a lovely pale green as they mature.


I set up a table on which I placed an old mossy log from our woods. Sprinkling sunflower seeds in front of it, I waited for takers to photograph. First on the scene was this Blue Jay.


Second to arrive, a juvenile Tufted Titmouse, still waiting to develop a crest.


Black Swallowtails have been visiting the coneflower garden. They're also laying eggs on parsley plants in the raised beds. Parsley is a preferred, or host, plant for their larvae to eat before pupating. 



Monarchs are beginning to migrate. On their way through, they will nectar at Butterfly Weed such as this one, and numerous other flowers. 


We have had a very wet July and a dry first half of August. All it takes is a spell of dry weather to entice Blue Jays and other songbirds to the bird bath.


Several times this past week, I've seen an adult Red-tailed Hawk soaring overhead with two first-year juveniles in tow. The youngsters enjoy dive-bombing their parents and each other.



If a bird doesn't keep its feathers clean, it will perish. A bird bath or garden pond allows them to do this when natural sources of water disappear during dry weather.



Beware all you minnows, frogs and salamanders. This Green Heron means business.



Photos by Rick Marsi
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