Cardinal Flower and Asters - Image 653690 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-20-20

  A Bird Friendly Community Because of Habitat The City of Tripoli is considering a project to earn “Bird Friendly Community” designation. The requirements are not terribly difficult, yet they are challenging enough that every city cannot simply fill in paperwork and earn the recognition. There is work to be done if a community wishes …

Motor Mill Along the Turkey River - Image 653515 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-19-20

  At The Speed of a Leaf Today Kristy, Doris, Scott, Murphy, and I paddled our kayaks on the Turkey River from Elkader to Motor Mill. It has been decades since I last paddled the Turkey River, so the scenery was new to me. Unlike the Wapsipinicon River where I typically paddle, the stretch we …

Autumn Leaf on Wapsipinicon River - Image 653271 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-18-20

  One Day, Two Seasons We’re at that time of year when the day begins in one season (fall), almost reaches a previous season (summer), and ends back in fall. Days like this are enjoyable. Mornings have a chill, the afternoons are warm, and we end the day wearing jackets again. Our weather could stay …

Sunrise with Western Fire Smoke - Image 653132 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-17-20

  A Pretty Morning Drive Enjoying the Sun Even though the pink/red sunrises and sunsets have graced our landscape for the past few days, it was only this morning that I was able to enjoy one. The glowing orb was in the sky was interesting enough that I stopped for a photo. As I drove …

Milkweed Bugs on Milkweed Pod - Image 653096 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-16-20

  We Didn’t Learn This Stuff in School and a Lack of Social Distancing Sometimes in life I wonder why we were not taught “life skills” as we were growing up. I am not referring to skills needed to live alone, without adult support and supervision. My question involves the skills necessary when difficult decisions …

Great Horned Owl in Soccer Net - Image 653043 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-15-20

  A Heart-warming Wildlife Rescue Seldom do I respond to a call for assistance for “wildlife in need” where I am warmed in the soul, almost to the point of becoming teary-eyed. Let me explain.    Tonight our county dispatch center received a call from a caring reporting party advising of an owl caught in …

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Image 652998 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-14-20

  What I Wanted, What I Now Have Time for any nature photography was in very short supply today due to family and work commitments. In total I had maybe fifteen minutes to point my Nikon at something wild.      Knowing I just changed out the hummingbird feeder sugar water meant I could count …

Brown Snake - Image 651721 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-12 and 9-13-20

  Exploring New Water and Old Water Rain and drizzle or not, we went camping this weekend. It may be hard to believe, but we had a good time once the precipitation stopped falling.      Just as the drizzle was ending I put my kayak on the water. Instead of paddling my routine route …

Wood Ducks and Blue-winged Teal - Image 651588 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-11-20

  Moist Turkeys, Wood Ducks, and a Blue-winged Teal After nearly a week of steady rain, I can only imagine our wildlife is getting hungry. Maybe not though, perhaps the rain has not slowed their regular activities. Wildlife tends be much more tenacious than we mortal humans. I suppose my concern is based, in part, …

Birch Bark in Rain - Image 651418 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-10-20

  Reflections and Virtual Escape Today has been a tough day. This morning we laid to rest a friend of mine and to many. Bob was a vital part of our group of four men who have, for the past 18-20 years, been doing a Bible Study program. As the “senior” member of our group, …