Adult Bald Eagle in Tree - Image 529292 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-22-18

  That’s The Way the Day Goes Sometimes If you happen to be a volunteer responder, you will understand this.    I had great and wonderful plans for this afternoon and evening. In my head I had visualized some of the things I would see and likely photograph. Then the tones went off and everything …

Dead Great Blue Heron - Image 528876 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-20-18

  Not Always Good News Sometimes what I have to share is not good news. Such is the case today.        While driving down an area highway I noticed a sizable carcass along the edge of the road. I quickly recognized it was not a typical roadkill – a deer, ‘possum, or raccoon. Seeing …

Yellow-rumped Warbler in Fall Plumage at Casey Lake - Image 525282 (© Kip Ladage)Yellow-rumped Warbler in Fall Plumage at Casey Lake - Image 525282 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-28-18

  If There Was One, There Were A Hundred Flitting about on the wooded shoreline of Casey Lake at Hickory Hills Park were countless yellow-rumped warblers in fall plumage. Clearly the fall migration is underway as evidenced by the presence of so many warblers. With the yellow-rumped warblers were other warbler species. I was able …

Logan Driving Pontoon Boat - Image 523852 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-15-18

  Grandson/Grandpa Outing My time with my granddad left me with countless fond memories. I want my grandkids to feel the same way about their relationship with me when they are adults. To do that means I must help to create those thoughts for each of the kids. Today’s memory-making efforts were focused on the …

Double-crested Cormorant in Flight - Image 494964 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-6-18

  My Weather Theory, Again – Proven Correct In earlier posts I have shared my non-scientific theory on weather. Anytime the wind speed matches or exceeds the temperature, conditions are not good. Today conditions were not good. Winds gusting to 43-mph with a temperature of 26-degrees made for a cold day.    Even though conditions …

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 …