Effigy Mounds National Monument Scenic - Image 527973 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-12-18

  Destination: Effigy Mounds National Monument I spent the day today hiking and photographing various aspects of Effigy Mounds National Monument. Conditions varied from cloudy (almost looking like rain was imminent) to brief periods of sunshine. I believe I captured, perhaps not exactly to the same level as experiencing first-hand, the essence of Effigy Mounds …

Feather in Cedar Tree - Image 526611 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-11-18

  The Urge is Getting Stronger For nearly a year I have been studying FAA training materials so that I can pass a flight test. My date to prove I know the material has been set and now I am down to my final reviews. As I have read and reread the materials, learned about …

Garter Snake - Image 526468 - Head (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-9-18

  A Pause in the Rain = Something For Most For just a few moments today I noticed the sky was brighter than it has been over the past few days. As one of many who has desperately been waiting for a period of dryness, I quickly headed out with my Nikon to try to …

Ring-billed Gulls on Dock at Lake Red Rock - Image 526188 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-5-18 through 10-7-18

  Rainy Day Images The past few days, actually much longer than that, have been wet. Some days we have drizzle, some days we have rain, most days with have both. Clouds have hidden the sun and made for dreary attitudes. Moist or not, I decided to get out to enjoy our outdoors and the …

Red-tailed Hawk on Utility Pole - Image 525709 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-2-18

  Checking Their Nostrils Over the years I have shot a great many pictures. After each day of shooting I edit my images and delete those that don’t pass muster for a variety of reasons. One sure way for a wildlife picture to go to the trash is if the head – specifically the eyes …

Red-breasted Nuthatch - Image 525637 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-1-18

  Educational and Artistic As I watched our feeder area in the back yard yesterday I noticed we were hosting two species of nuthatches – the more common white-breasted nuthatch and the not so often seen red-breasted nuthatch. I shared images last night and thought that today, if the red-breasted nuthatch was there when I …

Nashville Warbler at Casey Lake at Hickory Hills Park - Image 525413 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-29-18 and 9-30-18

  Warblers and Water and Then Home Yesterday I invited my young photographer buddy to join me on the water at Casey Lake at Hickory Hills Park to photograph warblers along the wooded shoreline. This happened after he and I had hiked to virtually the same area along the shore with no luck other than …

Cornfield at Sunrise - Image 524835 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-26-18

  Local Pretty Scenes Wow! I do not know what else to say but “Wow!” Today I saw simple beauty in many places. From sunflowers against a dramatic sky to bald eagles to corn nearly ready for harvest. My paths were pretty and I appreciated the split-seconds of time when I could enjoy them.    …

Anglers on Volga Lake - Image 523716 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-14-18

  A Late Start To the Pontoon Boating Season Here we are, we’ve reached mid-September and I have finally had time to get our pontoon boat on the water. Boating via a pontoon boat is great fun. You can walk around and have much flexibility. But, trailering, putting the boat on the water, and then …

Fringed Gentian at Rowley Fen - Image 522724 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-9-18

  A Visit to the Rowley Fen Thanks to a reminder of a previous posting on Facebook via “Memories”, I realized it was time to visit the Rowley Fen in Buchanan County for my annual walk through the autumn wildflowers. If anything good can come from the rain we have had, it is that the …