Kip’s Comments 8-5-18

Compass Plant Against Sky - Image 516142 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Roadside Treats Thanks to the Iowa Department of Transportation

Alert motorists traveling on Highway 63 in Bremer County are enjoying numerous visual treats now and for some time yet. Beautiful wildflowers are blooming along the sides of the road and in the median.

Of special interest to me are the compass plants in the area of Highway 63 and Highway 3. In fact, I had to stop today to enjoy them since they are so tall and noticeable. While studying the compass plants I saw other wild flora too. The Iowa Department of Transportation did a great job on the roadside vegetation part of this highway project. Thank you IDOT! 

Compass Plant Against Blue Sky:   

Compass Plant Against Sky  - Image 516142 (© Kip Ladage)

Compass Plant Against Sky – Image 516142 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Compass Plant Against Sky  - Image 516165 (© Kip Ladage)

Compass Plant Against Sky – Image 516165 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Compass Plant Blossom: 

Compass Plant Blossom  - Image 516174 (© Kip Ladage)

Compass Plant Blossom – Image 516174 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Blazing Star:       

Blazing Star Along Highway - Image 516116 (© Kip Ladage)

Blazing Star Along Highway – Image 516116 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Ironweed:     

Ironweed  - Image 516180 (© Kip Ladage)

Ironweed – Image 516180 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Roadside Vegetation:         

Roadside Wildflowers  - Image 516203 (© Kip Ladage)

Roadside Wildflowers – Image 516203 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Now for something completely different….     

Each year I purchase and feed out several hundred dollars worth of birdseed. Over the years I have been repaid with observations of many species of birds. Today I had a big bird surprise. 

I was talking to a fellow along the road when he said “There is your turkey!”  I wasn’t sure what he was talking about until I looked back and down and there was a young turkey near me.   

We don’t know who owns the bird, but will help return it if possible.   

Turkey in Our Yard:

Turkey in Our Yard  - Image 516082 (© Kip Ladage)

Turkey in Our Yard – Image 516082 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Turkey in Our Yard  - Image 516091 (© Kip Ladage)

Turkey in Our Yard – Image 516091 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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