Kip’s Comments 8-12-17

Great Blue Heron - Image 454645 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Back To Basics

Due to circumstances beyond my control, a number of life situations trumped getting out and doing any serious nature photography over the past few weeks. That happens every now and then, so I just get back into the swing of things when it possible. Early this morning I had some time for nature enjoyment and outdoor photography and quickly felt the relaxation that comes when I am in the outdoors. My destination was my tried and true Wapsipinicon River setting…our cabin.        

Soon after the sun was high enough in the sky for serious shooting I was out paddling. Before I even ventured 100-yards I spotted an adult bald eagle perched in a tree overlooking Indian Pond. Our interaction was short-lived. I managed to shoot only a few images before the bird flew away (even though I was not very close).    

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree:    

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree - Image 454455 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree – Image 454455 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree - Image 454463 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree – Image 454463 (© Kip Ladage)

 

My favorite experiences of the morning were multiple interactions with great blue herons. Some of the compositions were in typical lighting. However, a few times I was able to work the natural light in a way that the bird is featured against a much darker background.  

Great Blue Heron:      

Great Blue Heron - Image 454479 (© Kip Ladage)

Great Blue Heron – Image 454479 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Great Blue Heron - Image 454533 (© Kip Ladage)

Great Blue Heron – Image 454533 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Great Blue Heron - Image 454557 (© Kip Ladage)

Great Blue Heron – Image 454557 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Great Blue Heron - Image 454589 (© Kip Ladage)

Great Blue Heron – Image 454589 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Great Blue Heron - Image 454645 (© Kip Ladage)

Great Blue Heron – Image 454645 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Great Blue Heron - Image 454673 (© Kip Ladage)

Great Blue Heron – Image 454673 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Great Blue Heron - Image 454803 (© Kip Ladage)

Great Blue Heron – Image 454803 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Great Blue Heron - Image 454842 (© Kip Ladage)

Great Blue Heron – Image 454842 (© Kip Ladage)

 

An incidental photo opportunity was this wood duck that took flight almost as quickly as I noticed it and raised my camera.  

Wood Duck:      

Wood Duck - Image 454853 (© Kip Ladage)

Wood Duck – Image 454853 (© Kip Ladage)

 

One image recorded as I floated back toward the dock were these wildflowers.  

Sunflowers Against the Timber:    

Sunflowers Against Timber - Image 454863 (© Kip Ladage)

Sunflowers Against Timber – Image 454863 (© Kip Ladage)

 

At the cabin I paused my lawn mowing several times when swallowtail butterflies stopped to feed on the phlox by the backdoor. Butterfly photography is much more enjoyable than cutting the grass!  

Swallowtail Butterfly on Phlox:

Swallowtail Butterfly - Image 454881 (© Kip Ladage)

Swallowtail Butterfly – Image 454881 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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