Backlit Virginia Creeper in Trees - Image 654735 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-26-20

  Sensory Abundance Today Kristy and I took a long-overdue day away to explore the backcountry along the Mississippi River. Yes, we stopped at one of the popular tourist spots – Effigy Mounds National Monument for a hike. But before our trek at the mounds, I introduced Kristy to one of my favorite “off the …

Injured Red-tailed Hawk - Image 654300 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-25-20

  We Tried and “Winds, Please Spare Us”  Late last night, following a productive webinar and about the time those of us in our house settle in for the night, I went to pick up an injured red-tailed hawk. My understanding is the hawk may have been seen last weekend in a disabled condition. Again …

Lance Leaf Aster - Image 654272 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-24-20

  No Color and Few Details Needed  Time was fleeting today due to an abundance of work duties, resulting in only a few pictures of this lance leaf aster being created. The plant is one of several blooming in all of their glory this time of year. Asters are common and do not require travel …

Whitetail Deer Silhouettes - Image 654266 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-23-20

  No Color and Few Details Needed  In our natural world there are “things” that are recognizable with only the slightest amount of information. The shape of poison ivy leaves, the shadow of a praying mantis, the fragrant aroma of American lotus, the texture of pine cones, the call of a pileated woodpecker, and the …

American Toad at Night - Image 654170 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-21-20

  No Much For a Photo, But a New Technique Figured Out Some days I do much less shooting and far more experimenting. Tonight was one of those times. I worked to figure out how to take high “frames per second” video recordings. That technique will allow me to then create smooth slow-motion videos. The …

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 …