Winter Campfire - Image 546219 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-17-19

  Tired Of Winter, But Making the Best of It I hit my limit on winter today after we received more than another half-foot of snow that kept coming all day long and is still dropping now. Instead of spending the day home-bound, I went outside and got some work done (in addition to moving …

Male Northern Cardinal in Snow - Image 545382 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-10-19

  A Wintry Mix (of birds) Mother Nature exercised her influence over our landscape again with yet another dusting, maybe more, of snow. I suppose it could have been worse, so I will try not to complain.    When we are in the bulls-eye for these storms, wildlife seem to be easier to photograph. From …

Red-breasted Nuthatch at Feeder - Image 539700 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-22-18

  A Meaning is More Important Than An Image Kristy and I are hosting a couple of grandkids for the weekend. That statement should give a clue that we are more busy than less. At one time today my grandson asked me to take pictures of birds. When we do that, he stands near me …

House Finch in Tree - Image 537797 - (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-8-18

  Peanuts and Suet Balls For several weeks I have made available to our backyard birds peanut/suet balls in a tube feeder. Today I put a handful, along with corn and black oil sunflower seeds, in our platform feeder. Wow, did that bring in some birds that are often hesitant to approach. For the first …

Adult Bald Eagles in Tree - Image 537351 - (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-5-18

  Raptor Rut As the whitetail rut is slowing down, the rut for bald eagles (and other raptors) is now beginning. Several times in recent days I have seen adult bald eagles together in trees.      Bald eagles lay eggs and incubate during some of the coldest months of the year. My understanding is …

Eurasian-collared Dove - Image 537312 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-2-18

  I Am No Roger Tory Peterson We have a signed and numbered Roger Tory Peterson quail print that has hung on a wall for a number of years. I do not know the value of the print. Whether it is worth much or worth little means nothing, I like the artwork.        …

House Sparrow in Tree - Image 534565 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-19-18

  Taken Out For Dinner  – Went Out For Dinner My backyard bird feeding area is normally busy with activity. From before sunrise to almost dark there are birds flitting about. We have Eurasian collared doves the size of chickens and little red-breasted nuthatches moving around. All of the species in-between are there too. Throw …

Northern Cardinals in Snow - Image 534385 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-17-18

  After The Snowfall Other than how ugly the roads were early this morning, the overnight snowfall really made the landscape pretty. I enjoyed some time walking in the woods and watching wildlife from a blind.      I would like to make special comment about an outdoor program at Tripoli High School. Students had …

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 …