Worm in Close-up of Wild Turkey Feather - Image 532820 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-7-18

  Surprise Find During Macro Work This past weekend I attended a conference that instilled in me the need to master my macro photography skills. Normally I have a long lens mounted on my camera, so switching to close-focus photography is both interesting and intimidating. Not being one to easily back down from a challenge, I …

Dead Whitetail Deer Along Road - Image 532708 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-3-18

  Conflicting Views of Whitetail Deer Regular visitors to my pages know that I like and appreciate whitetail deer. There are times though, when deer pose a problem. Anyone who travels through Northeast Iowa during the fall knows the effects of the fall rut on whitetail deer. Does are chased by love-hungry bucks. Both genders …

Sandhill Cranes in Field - Image 531656 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-30-18

  It’s a Long Walk in the Other Direction Not far from Tripoli are a pasture and picked crop fields that have recently been hosting a slowly growing number of sandhill cranes. My best guess is the birds are building up reserves for their flights to warmer climates. When that will happen will be soon, …

Whitetail Deer at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 530675tongue (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-28-18

  Watching Whitetails When I woke to wind speeds exceeding the temperature, I decided to stay off the water and go chase deer instead. I used the wind to my advantage. Also helping with my efforts in pursuit of deer were wet leaves that meant I could walk nearly silently through the timber. By dressing …

Canoeing the Wapsipinicon River in Autumn - Image 530313 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-26-18

  Paddle with Me If I could, I would invite each of you visiting my website to paddle a canoe or kayak with me on a river in Northeast Iowa. Most of you, if I had my choice, would dip your blades into some section of the Wapsipinicon River.        Today I solo …

Dead Canvasback Duck - Image 529499 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-25-18

  A Simple Request From the seat of my truck I found this dead canvasback duck. When I looked closer, it appeared the duck had been shot and the breast meat removed. Then the remains of the duck appear to have been tossed into the grass not far from where vehicles pass. I understand hunting, …

Mature Milkweed Pod - Image 529318 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comment 10-23-18

  No Time, Nothing Seen When your day does not include any free time more than a few minutes to go for a drive, you don’t generally see much. For me today, that was no exception. I taught classes all day and at the end of the day was limited on what I could do. …

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 …

Whitetail Deer - Button Buck - Along Wapsipinicon River - Image 529269 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-21-18

  Please Do Not Get Any Closer Twice today I had whitetail bucks approach me. The first deer got no closer than 30-yards or so. I first saw this buck as it exited the timber a long distance away. I hid against a tree and watched as he worked his way toward me. Eventually I …

Great Egret at Sweet Marsh - Image 528431 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-18-18

  Wow, What a Surprise! Yesterday, when I was not carrying all of my camera equipment, I came across an adult black-crowned night heron. I was not able to shoot the type of pictures I wanted. Today I visited the same area in hopes of getting a second chance to photograph the interesting bird. As …