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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.

Coming in October 2015...

Rick's new book of nature

essays, "Log Cabin Year",

48 Reflections from Our

Seasons Past with illustrations

by Jan Marsi



For those of you who might be in the neighborhood, the band in which I drum and sing, The Ringtones, will be playing Saturday, Oct. 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Wolffy's Marina and Grill, 2953 Lower Lake Road, on Cayuga Lake south of Seneca Falls.

Photos of the week...
A paddle through my favorite wetland this past week yielded an encounter with a Great Egret. 

This was my first view. These birds migrate northward in late summer and early fall from breeding grounds farther south. 

Closer now, using shallow paddling strokes and foliage of Pickerel Weed and Yellow Pond Lily to keep myself unseen. It didn't hurt that my kayak sits very low to the water.

In a "now or never" moment, I quietly push clear of all vegetation and face my quarry. The gorgeous white bird still doesn't see me. I could have done this sneak 500 times and not gotten this close.

Yellow Pond Weed is still blooming. A close cousin to Spatterdock, it features very large leaves that are great to hide behind.

Returning to the launch, I realized the stars were aligned for me that day, when I spotted this group of Mallards tucked against the shoreline. 499 times out of 500, these birds will flush when they see me. Not today. They decided to hunker by the shore and let me pass.

Photos by Rick Marsi
October, 2015
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