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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 September sightings in "Diary"
Click on a new feature at left - "Bonus Content" - for recent photos of late summer wildflowers.
Youngsters of the Year
I've encountered my fair share of juveniles on the photography trail this past summer. Here are a few notables.

A juvenile Pied-billed Grebe tries out its wings in the main pool at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. 

Also at Montezuma, a mother Common Gallinule with chicks. Montezuma is one of the best places in New York State to see breeding PB Grebes and Gallinules.

Ring-necked Snakes are harmless, rarely grow more than a foot long and are quite tolerant of human interaction.

This Painted Turtle, with a three-inch-long shell, probably hatched last summer. Hatchlings from this summer sport shells not much larger than a silver dollar.

Soras are furtive residents of freshwater wetlands. I encountered this one while kayaking. This was as far from the vegetation as it ventured.

Driving down a forested dirt road, we came upon four juvenile Ruffed Grouse. They had feathered out quite nicely, except for their heads, which remained a bit sparse. Although alarmed by our arrival, they didn't fly, allowing for a quite photo from the car window.

Photos by Rick Marsi
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