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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


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Rick's new book of nature

essays, "Log Cabin Year",

48 Reflections from Our

Seasons Past with illustrations

by Jan Marsi

Click on the book cover to view sample pages



Listing of August sightings in "Diary"
New photos of Oregon's Fossil Beds in "Bonus Content" at left
Photos from eastern Oregon...

The Metolius River is 28 miles long. A tributary of the Deschutes River, its headwaters emerge from springs at the base of Black Butte. Spring-fed, the river's waters remain uniformly cold year-round. Around 45 degrees is average.

Another Metolius view. The river is a National Wild and Scenic River. This section holds rainbow and bull trout. Catch and release only. Nearest town is Sisters, OR. Its population - when not invaded by tourists - is 2,000 or so.

A Mourning Cloak butterfly sipping from a wet rock on the shore of the Metolious. Named  for its funereal color, its the same butterfly we see in the Northeast. 

The default pine in this region is the Ponderosa. These trees can grow to huge sizes. Many of them feature the beautiful orange bark you see here.

A Douglas Squirrel - common resident of pine and spruce forests here. They eat seeds from the cones of coniferous trees.

Juvenile Black-throated Gray Warblers don't have black throats. They'll get them as adults next year.

Our backyard jay here is Steller's Jay. The same length as a Blue Jay, it often forages on the ground.

Eastern Oregon can get hot and dry. Water is prized by birds and humans alike. We found this bird bath at - of all places - the Best Western in Sisters. This is a White-headed Woodpecker

Moments later, the smallest nuthatch in North America appeared: the Pygmy Nuthatch. At one point, 4 or 5 rimmed the edge of the bird bath.

Photos by Rick Marsi
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