Iowa Whitetail Deer in Timber (close view of antlers) - Image 533763 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-13-18

  All in Two-Minutes of Time Today was a full-schedule day with nearly every minute filled. When I finally had quiet time, as in only a couple of minutes, I was treated to this display of Iowa whitetail deer. There were plenty of does in the woods, so I figured a buck was nearby. All …

Red-headed Woodpecker at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 533566 © Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-12-18

  Tink’s #69 Worked, Almost Too Good Today was supposed to be a day of pheasant hunting with a friend, but due to a cold I opted to stick around home to avoid making anyone else sick. Being one who cannot stay inside all day, I took a short walk in the woods until I …

Broken Deer Antler in Autumn Leaves - Image 533184 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-11-18

  Finding Points After more than a week of not going out to look for whitetails, I roamed a local timber today watching for deer. Once again I was dressed in full camouflage and moving very slowly. Each step was slow and deliberate as I tried to avoid crunching leaves or breaking twigs. Slow movement …

Ring-billed Gulls in Flight - Image 533132 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-10-18

  A Different Kind of Practice (compared to yesterday’s post) Yesterday I shared images of eastern bluebirds photographed deep in asparagus plants (with berries). Since the birds had vegetation in front of them, around them, and behind them, my auto-focus system struggled with what should be in sharp focus. Ultimately I had many minutes of …

Eastern Bluebird with Berries - Image 533009 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-9-18

  Gifts From God Note: If you would like to see today’s images in larger size and higher resolution while set to music, click on this link:  Gifts From God Today I was the grateful recipient of many gifts from God by way of interactions with wildlife.      The day began with a fresh …

Two Pied-billed Grebes - Image 532844 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-8-18

  More Sandhill Cranes than Time to Photograph Them Not far from Tripoli there are anywhere from 30+ to around 80 sandhill cranes gathering in various pastures. Soon they will take flight and depart for warmer climates until sometime around mid-March when we will see them again. This photo shows some of the 30-something cranes. …

Worm in Close-up of Wild Turkey Feather - Image 532820 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-7-18

  Surprise Find During Macro Work This past weekend I attended a conference that instilled in me the need to master my macro photography skills. Normally I have a long lens mounted on my camera, so switching to close-focus photography is both interesting and intimidating. Not being one to easily back down from a challenge, I …

Mallards at George Wyth State Park - Image 532802 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-6-18

  Waiting it Out Humans and critters alike had few options on a day like today, when it was cold and windy with virtually no sunshine. Based on my observations, the wildlife was sitting out the wind. I saw very few birds, no deer, and only a few small mammals. I can’t blame them, it …

Whitetail Deer - Image 532777 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-5-18

  Oh Deer! Although it seems like it happened overnight, the sudden visibility of whitetail deer really coincides with two occurrences of several weeks duration – the harvest of crops and the dropping of leaves. In just a couple of weeks the deer lost many of their hiding places resulting in them now being much …

Eurasian Collared Dove - Image 532714 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-4-18

  Teaching Them Young It has been a good week with grandchildren. On Wednesday and Thursday I was able to visit with Hunter, Hannah, and Andy. This weekend we are hosting Emerson and Logan and will see their parents tonight.      This morning I showed Em and Logan the backyard birds visiting our feeders …