Whitetail Deer in Timber - Image 600928 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-13-19

   Another Season Coming Up and Watching Today I wandered a local timber for a brief amount of time looking for one of three whitetail bucks. My hope was I would find at least one of them that survived the first whitetail shotgun season. No big bucks were seen, but I did find plenty of …

Tiny Acorns - Image 600913 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’ Comments 12-12-19

   Miniature Acorns I am familiar with an oak tree that produced very tiny acorns this past year. When researching the small nuts, I can find pictures of similarly sized acorns, but no explanation for their diminutive size. Unless this size is species-dependent, I wonder if the acorns aren’t sub-sized due to growing conditions earlier …

Snowy Park Scenic - Image 600762 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-11-19

  Challenging to Get There, But Worth It On a whim I decided to surprise my daughter and her boys, along with my wife who was visiting them in Central Iowa. Nobody knew I was going to drive down today. The trip from Tripoli was interesting with the snow and icy roads. In fact, when …

Male Northern Cardinal at Feeder - Image 600732 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-10-19

  One of the Primary Colors As a conference call this afternoon was wrapping up, I noticed a bright color outside the window. With today’s sunshine and blue sky, this vivid primary color was hard to ignore, especially since it was so close. I was being treated to a visit by one of our hungry …

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree - Image 600612 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-9-19

  Competitive Wildlife Spotting When I am traveling I am constantly watching for wildlife. The species do not really matter. I watch for any and all wildlife visible from a vehicle.    Yesterday I traveled with my mother and nephew to extreme Northeast Iowa to see the CP Holiday train as it entered and departed …

Great Blue Heron on Log - Image 600494 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-8-19

  Kayaking Plum Creek in December Since the weather today is great for December 8, and with today being the second day of the Iowa shotgun deer hunting season, I opted to stay out of the woods and headed for the water where I was hoping I would be safe. My paddling at Sweet Marsh …

Whitetail Deer in Water - Image 600460 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-7-19

  Learning Fast Wildlife amazes me by how quickly they learn what is needed for survival. The 2019 whitetail shotgun hunting season opened this morning with plenty of action locally. While my grandson and I were out for a “wildlife drive” we saw several groups of orange (hunters) and we saw no deer on the …

Whitetail Deer (Buck) in Timber - Image 600409 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-6-19

  Was This Farewell During this past couple of months I have been watching several nice whitetail bucks as they chase does during the rut. A couple of the bucks were considerably larger than other bucks, so of course they caught my attention. As often as possible I have tried to find and photograph the …

First Quarter Moon - Image 600348 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-5-19

  Short Days Full days at work ending with an early sunset equals next to no time to shoot wildlife or outdoor photos. By the time my work day ended today our landscape was out of light. What is a fellow to do? For me deciding what to photograph was easy since I was looking …

American White Pelican on Cedar River - Image 600325 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-4-19

  Confused? For the past week or so, maybe even a few days more, I have noticed a lone American white pelican moving around on the Cedar River near Nestles in Waverly. Not once have I watched it fly. Never has there been another pelican with it, just Canada geese and random mallards. When I …