Pileated Woodpecker - Image 660940 (©Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-6-20

  Bird Observations from My Hikes  Today I was able to take a couple of hikes in area woods. I saw deer – one nice buck that would not let a doe get too far away, and the doe in front of him that was on the move to try to lose him. I saw …

Double-crested Cormorant (Image 660328) © Kip Ladage

Kip’s Comments 10-28-20

  One of the Two Best Days of His Life There is a saying that the best day of of a guy’s life is when he buys a boat. The other “best day” of his life is when he sells the boat (hopefully for a bigger and faster boat). This past weekend my cousin bought …

Great Blue Heron at George Wyth Lake - Image 659395 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-16-20

  No Pelican to be Found A couple of days ago I was asked if I knew about a white pelican that was not flying at George Wyth State Park. I had not heard of it, but was willing to check things out. Today Casey and I paddled to the last known location of the …

Saw-whet Owl in Cedar Tree - Image 613256 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-5-20

  Possibly a Little More Time After a very challenging past 24-hours I needed a little outdoor therapy. Slightly above freezing temperatures with gusty (40+ miles per hour) winds created challenging wildlife photography conditions. But, since I was within a few miles of the wintering saw-whet owl I stopped to see if I could find …

Northern Saw-whet Owl in Tree - Image 607781 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-7-20

  Two For the Day – Eileen Leaned For the past week or so, since I have been checking on the saw-whet owl in cedar trees, there has been discussion about whether the owl is a male or a female. There is talk that the bird may be a female based on size. I will …

Northern Saw-whet Owl in Cedar Tree - Image 607512 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-5-20

  Looking Back During A George Wyth State Park Safari Today was an interesting day from start to finish. My morning began with a very informative meeting with a fellow who has endured health issues far beyond what most could imagine. The purpose of our conversation was to discuss his unfortunate situation when an ambulance …

Saw-whet Owl in Cedar Tree - Image 606705 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-2-20

  Satisfied With The Now Sometime in the not too distant past I read an article or heard a reading about being “satisfied with the now.” (I apologize that I cannot remember the author or presenter.) Instead of wishing for this or hoping for that, we should appreciate where we are in life, what we …

Cross-country Skiers at George Wyth State Park - Image 604985 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-19-20

  What To Do in Single-Digit, Windy Conditions Ask anyone in Northeast Iowa what the outdoor world was like today and they will tell you it was cold and windy. If they were outside, they probably had the area almost to themselves. For most people, a day like today meant spending most of the time …

Whitetail Deer (Buck) in Dark Timber - Image 602659 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-28-19

  Fog and Darkness and Out With The Tree, Up  With The Pretty Feeders Late this afternoon Kristy and I went for a drive. One destination was a slow pass through George Wyth State Park. A very heavy fog was muting the landscape as the sun was setting. For motorists the conditions were much less …

Photographer in Kayak at Wyth Lake - Image 585367 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-1 and 9-2-18

  Sharing What I Know, For What It Is Worth Since he was seven-years old, the son of friends of ours has been doing things with me. We camp together, ride fat tire bikes together, paddle kayaks together, and spend time dabbling in photography together. As he is maturing, his determination has grown and his …