Sedge Wren at Blackmun Prairie - Image 524297 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-22-18

  New For Me and Sadness Since hunting seasons have opened, making Sweet Marsh not a good place for paddling and nature photography (I do not want to disturb the waterfowl hunters), I came up with a different outdoor activity for Kristy and me.      We traveled to the Blackmun Prairie in Butler County. …

Tan Moth with Hard Plates - Image 524220 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-20-18

  An Interesting Moth or Butterfly… Late this afternoon I found a very unusual butterfly or moth attached to the side of my truck. My first guess was this was a moth due to its shape and furry appearance, but after looking at the antenna, I tend to suspect this may be a butterfly. I …

Field of Compass Plants - Image 524133 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-19-18

  A Monoculture With a Bonus Monocultures – a situation where all of the vegetation is of one species – are not natural. Examples of monocultures are cornfields, soybean fields, weed-free backyards, and similar environments. Corn and bean monocultures are intentional for livelihoods. Perfect backyards are intentional too, but are not necessarily healthy if/when it …

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 …

American Toad - Image 523711 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-13-18

  If These Could Be Eaten Based on our current census of Jack-in-the-Pulpit seeds and amphibians – both frogs and toads in the yard – we would have plenty to survive on if the species could be eaten. Since they cannot, I will be satisfied to shoot pictures of them. It does seem odd to …

Juvenile Double-crested Cormorant - Image 523390 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-10-18

  There Is Always Something to Look At and Some of it Is “In Your Face” On the days when my schedule is so full that I wonder if I will see any wildlife, I tend to be surprised. Busy or not, Mother Nature provides a variety of critters for me to look at, enjoy, …

Juvenile Bald Eagle in Dead Tree - Image 522466 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-7-18

  Working a Scene, Working on an Image Every now and then nature photographers have an opportunity to shoot as many pictures as needed to capture the essence of a scene. Such was the case today when I drove past a tree hosting four juvenile bald eagles. Normally the birds would have taken flight as …

White-marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar - Image 522330 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-6-18

  Just What Do You Do? Periodically I am asked “Just what do you do” when people wonder about my emergency management job. In fact, early this morning I gave a presentation to the Waverly Exchange Club addressing this topic. I suppose the question is valid. After all, for those that do not regularly see …

Young Wild Turkeys on Downed Tree - Image 522290 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-5-18

  I See You! As I traveled down a road today I noticed a group of young wild turkeys sitting on a downed tree a few feet inside a brushy area. From what I could tell, the birds initially thought I didn’t see them. However, as I moved to shoot pictures the birds caught on …

Northern Parula Warbler at Casey Lake - Image 522276 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-31 through 9-4

  Several Days of Images Supposedly we just had Labor Day weekend. Due to rain and flooding, I worked many hours of the holiday. Kristy had to work on Monday as well. It seems as if we both missed the holiday. With all of the hours of work during the Labor Day weekend, we still …