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


View "20 Bird Photos" by clicking "Bonus Content" at left
View Rick's log of February nature sightings by clicking "Diary" at left.
Some favorite pine tree photos...

Loblolly Pines, Virginia.
Grow 60-90 feet tall. Maximum 180 feet. Cone is 3.5 inches with stout prickles. Gulf Coast and Southeast north to Virginia and Delmarva Peninsula.

Scotch Pine, New York.
Grows 25-50 feet tall. Maximum 100 feet. Many varieties have twisted trunks. Cones 2 inches long with no prickles. Bark on upper trunk is bright orange.

Lodgepole Pine seedling, Yellowstone, MT.
Often grows to 80 feet. Maximum is 150 feet. Needs fire to open cones. Most common in Rockies and Sierra Nevada.

Pitch Pine cones and needles, New York.
Grows 40-60 feet tall. Maximum is 100 feet. Widespread in dry sandy pine barrens such as those in New Jersey and on Long Island.

Eastern White Pine.
Often grows more than 100 feet tall. Maximum is 220 feet. Mature cones measure 5.5 inches and are sticky with resin. Needles come in clumps of five. Throughout much of eastern USA.

White Pine, New York.
White Pines germinating in the shade of other trees grow straight like this one. White pines germinating in sunlight are attacked by a beetle when young. Beetle kills the lead shoot and causes the tree to become multi-trunked as it ages.

Red Pines, New York.
Grow 50-80 feet. Maximum is 150 feet. Trunk is straight and pale silvery. Cones measure 2 inches. Very commonly grown in plantations.

White Pine and needles, New York.
In September, White Pines drop thousands of needles. They keep just as many, thus remaining evergreen.

Ponderose Pines, Oregon.
Grow 60-130 feet tall. Maximum is 260 feet. Valuable lumber trees. Cones 4.5 inches. Needles 7 inches. Throughout much of the West.

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