White Feathers Floating on the Wapsipinicon River - Image 519147 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-15-18

  Change Sometimes circumstances in life create more questions than answers. Unfortunately, multiple situations can pile up and hit at the same time. During those times I seek solace in the quiet of the outdoors. With quiet comes calming and occasionally a sorting of thoughts. One in a while it takes more time outdoors to …

Kayaking the Wapsipinicon River - Image 516543 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-9-18

  Enjoying the Wapsipinicon River Work, mow, work, mow, paddle my kayak…that was the extent of my day today. Of the activities listed, paddling was obviously the most enjoyable even though my wildlife sightings were few. I am going to share some images recorded today, but what I may remember most was something I did …

Dew-covered Spider Web With Spider - Image 516503 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-8-18

  Beauty in a Muted Landscape Heavy fog blanketed our portion of God’s green earth this morning. While driving in the fog was challenging at best, on a closer scale the landscape was pretty in many ways. Fog and heavy dew are indicative of calm conditions. Such conditions render most insects immobile until the sun …

Common Yellowthroat at Sweet Marsh - Image 515047 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-29-18

  A Quiet Morning Walk Fog, dew, quietness…perfect conditions for an early morning walk at Sweet Marsh.    Being a fellow who really enjoys a prairie, especially when early morning light is bringing it to life, I could not resist wandering through the wet wildflowers before my trek along the wetlands. I saw no plant …

Whitetail Deer (Buck) in Velvet - Image 513991 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-26-18

  I Will Share Locations On Two of Three It seems as though over the past few days our wildlife has begun making a transition to the autumn season, even though we are still in summer. Almost daily I see hen pheasants guiding their chicks through the necessities of life. Sandhill cranes can be heard …

Domestic Goose Gone Wild - Image 513815 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-25-18

  This Goose is Confused and I am Confused Too Hanging out with one of the local flocks of Canada geese is this hybrid domestic goose gone wild. I was planning to identify it until I noticed its bill. Had the coloration been all black, or all black with a knob at the top, or …

Red-tailed Hawk on Pole - Image 512488 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-18-18

  Fascinated With Flight If you have been following my posts, you may have noticed that flight fascinates me. Whether the flight includes birds, balloons, planes, or drones, I enjoy flight. I am actually considering purchasing a powered-parachute if I can figure out how to control it while also taking pictures.    Since I was …

Ring-necked Pheasant Along Road - Image 512459 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-17-18

  Effects of Dew Moist mornings due to heavy dew tend to move upland game birds to dry areas, such as along our country roads. Today I spotted several families of ring-necked pheasants – minus Dad pheasants – working and resting along the edges of gravel roads. Most of the birds did not sit for …

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel - Image 512276 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-9-18

  Habitat is Key  Provide the correct elements needed for survival, in the appropriate amounts, and you may just see wildlife.    I certainly never expected the water retention pond at Walmart to be the necessary habitat for a green heron, but apparently it is, at least for now. This green heron was perched on …

Dickcissel on Power Line - Image 511159 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-3-18

  A Dickcissel Kind of Day in Iowa Summer is here without a doubt. Temperatures are climbing, humidity is following, and the crops are growing well. As a person travels the Iowa landscape in warm days of summer, they often pass near singing dickcissels. Today I enjoyed one calling and calling from a power line …