Kip’s Comments 11-9-19

Orange Fungus on Log - Image 597245 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Voices

When I have discussed young people and their involvement in the outdoors on this website, more often than not I express my concern for at least two generations that appear, for the most part, to be disconnected from the environment. Look around when you are out in the wild. How many young people do you see in the timbers, prairies, or wetlands? My guess is the number will be low. 

Today I went out in a public timber to chase whitetail deer with my camera. With the rut in full swing, I knew there was a possibility of seeing a buck, perhaps a large buck. My apparel for the outing was a ghillie suit for camouflage. I even carried doe-in-heat lure as an attractant for a big buck looking for love. My goal was to find a suitable location near where I knew the deer were moving through.     

I sat and waited for an hour or more and saw only a couple of does. 

Whitetail Deer (Doe) - Image 597582 (© Kip Ladage)

Whitetail Deer (Doe) – Image 597582 (© Kip Ladage)

   

Then a noise changed the atmosphere in the timber. It was an unnatural noise coming from behind me, but clearly moving around in the timber. At first I was frustrated that people would be loud in the woods. Then I realized the voices were young people.

Young people having fun in the timber were interrupting my whitetail deer photography, and that was just fine with me. Young folks having a good time in the woods will hopefully lead to future outings for the kids and their families. Based on the sounds they were making, much fun was had by all.       

With unnatural noise in the woods I knew I would not be seeing any bucks. So, I changed directions and photographed scenes I observed from my deer hunting spot. 

Orange Fungus on Log - Image 597397 (© Kip Ladage)

Orange Fungus on Log – Image 597397 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Orange Fungus on Log - Image 597245 (© Kip Ladage)

Orange Fungus on Log – Image 597245 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Orange Fungus on Log - Image 597225 (© Kip Ladage)

Orange Fungus on Log – Image 597225 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Orange Fungus on Log - Image 597210 (© Kip Ladage)

Orange Fungus on Log – Image 597210 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Moss on Log - Image 597202 (© Kip Ladage)

Moss on Log – Image 597202 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Puffball Fungus on Log - Image 597569 (© Kip Ladage)

Puffball Fungus on Log – Image 597569 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Puffball Fungus on Log - Image 597544 (© Kip Ladage)

Puffball Fungus on Log – Image 597544 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Puffball Fungus on Log - Image 597511 (© Kip Ladage)

Puffball Fungus on Log – Image 597511 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Puffball Fungus on Log - Image 597398 (© Kip Ladage)

Puffball Fungus on Log – Image 597398 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Leaves on Log - Image 597188 (© Kip Ladage)

Leaves on Log – Image 597188 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Gnarled Tree - Image 597173 (© Kip Ladage)

Gnarled Tree – Image 597173 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Autumn Leaves on Forest Floor - Image 597166 (© Kip Ladage)

Autumn Leaves on Forest Floor – Image 597166 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Autumn Leaf on Mossy Log - Image 597148 (© Kip Ladage)

Autumn Leaf on Mossy Log – Image 597148 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Autumn Leaf on Log - Image 597133 (© Kip Ladage)

Autumn Leaf on Log – Image 597133 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Autumn Leaf on Log - Image 597127 (© Kip Ladage)

Autumn Leaf on Log – Image 597127 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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