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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 Marsi

Click on the book cover to view sample pages



Listing of August and September sightings in "Diary"
Click on a new feature at left - "Bonus Content" - for recent photos of late summer wildflowers.
Wetland Kayak Excursion

I photographed these two juvenile Painted Turtles on consecutive days, on logs 100 yards apart. Although their markings are very similar, the top turtle features small yellow rings around the eye. The bottom one doesn't.

I estimate the shell on both turtles was three inches long. I took this from three feet away. Youngsters are very trusting - until their first encounter with a predator.

Moments before I took this photo, two Bald Eagles were perched near the top of the tall White Pine at water's edge: an adult on one side and a juvenile on the other, about five feet apart.

I watched this adult Green Heron hunting for several minutes. After successfully spearing a small prey item, the bird shook itself dry. Seconds later, I got this shot.

This is a juvenile Green Heron. Note the lighter plumage. The background features Jewelweed flowers.

Throughout the summer, I've paddled by Pickerel Weed to enjoy the sights and sounds of countless bees plumbing its flowers for nectar.

This tree trunk washed into the mouth of the wetland years ago during a flood. Now it serves as a perfect loafing log for various species, including Ring-billed Gulls.

Photos by Rick Marsi
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