Bleeding Blossoms After Killing Frost - Image 471585 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-29-17

  Bleeding (or Crying) Blossoms Each year about this time I feel a bit of uneasiness when the first killing frost saps the life out of the “hanger-on” plants – those plants still blooming late in the fall. In fact, several times I have taken tired looking, but still alive, potted plants inside so they …

Great Egret at George Wyth State Park - Image 466413 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-29 through 10-1-17

  For A Family Member A close family member of ours is very much under the weather due to cancer treatments. In a day or two things will be better, but right now they are feeling awful. This person normally travels around Northeast Iowa on weekends to take in the scenery or to stop at …

First Quarter Moon (54%) - Image 465905 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-28-17

  An HMY Kristina Update Last week I explained how I, for reasons unknown to me, dragged my old boat over rocks as I put it in the river. Normally that would result in just a scratched boat. For me, the process unknowingly removed a JB Weld patch I had applied years ago over a …

Great Blue Heron - Image 464984 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-18-17

  Reverting Back…Not Yet… Years before I began recording wildlife images with a Nikon I was shooting a rifle, shotgun, or bow at wild creatures. As I do with my photography, I pursued wild game with extreme passion. I certainly did not kill everything I approached or shot at, but our freezer was full most …

Yellow Hawkweed - Image 460591(Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-6-17

  Ooddles Definition of Oodles (according to Kip): many, a lot, a whole bunch, plenty… as in today I saw oodles of painted lady butterflies, milkweed bugs, and I heard oodles of soras, but did not see any at close range.     Even though I did not walk too far at Sweet Marsh, the …

Swallowtail Butterfly - Image 457806 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-1-17

  End of a Season In More Ways Than One As I explored our outdoor world on this first day of September, it was quite clear that we are nearing the end of a season in more ways than one. Temperatures have cooled nicely, to the point that there is a bit of a chill …

Black Crappie - Image 457188 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-20-17

  Making the Most of a Gorgeous Day What a beautiful day we had today in Northeast Iowa. For those with outdoor plans, there were no excuses for not getting out and enjoying the day. I certainly took advantage of the conditions to spend time on the water (three times) and to get in an …

Whitetail Deer Fawn in Stream - Image 456601 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-17-17

  Hey…I am a Nice Guy! During my travels today I developed an uneasy feeling that I was not liked or my presence was not appreciated. In a 100-yard stretch of road that often hosts a variety of wild critters on both sides and in the air above I found birds and a snake and …

Great Blue Heron - Image 454645 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-12-17

  Back To Basics Due to circumstances beyond my control, a number of life situations trumped getting out and doing any serious nature photography over the past few weeks. That happens every now and then, so I just get back into the swing of things when it possible. Early this morning I had some time …

Logan Driving the Boat During "Pizza and Pontoon Night" - Image 454432 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-11-17

  “Pizza and Pontoon Night” and Lumps in Their Throats Every now and then, maybe once a year (or maybe there is more time in between) this grandpa coordinates something I call “Pizza and Pontoon Night.” After work I pull our pontoon boat to an area lake where Kristy, Zach, Nikki, Emerson, and Logan meet …