Barred Owl in Flight - Image 568357 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-19-19

  Talking to the Birds    (After reading the text below I encourage you to click on the following link to view today’s pictures in a larger size and set to music. Talking to the Birds Video I have mentioned before that when I am out shooting pictures of wildlife, I will often talk to …

Blackburnian Warbler - Image 568232 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-18-19

  I Found the Greener Grass! Often I, and I suspect most others, think the grass is greener somewhere else. I will travel hours to see something I probably could have seen at or near home. Many times I overlook the simple things that are in our backyard or at our cabin. I suppose it …

Prairie Smoke (Grandfather's Whiskers) - Image 568185 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-17-19

  A Mix of Photo Subjects I never really know what each day will bring when it comes to photography. After beginning my self-assignment of shooting a picture each day more than ten years ago, without missing a day yet, I have learned that I don’t need to worry about the subjects i may find …

Showy Orchis - Image 567962 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-16-19

  Finding Some of What I Was Looking For The primary purpose of a hike today was to check the status of hazard buoys on the Cedar River. Had all gone well, I would have seen four buoys in the same general location where I placed them several weeks ago. That was not the case. …

Young Red Fox at Den - Image 567143 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-15-19

  Compassion at a Fox Den When I checked on a fox den I recently photographed, I saw a farmer pulling equipment to prepare the field for planting. I wondered what would happen to the fox den and the young fox that knew nowhere else as home. It was obvious the young fox had no …

Young Red Fox at Den - Image 565748 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-14-19

  “Marsh Migrations 2019” – That’s A Wrap Already the 2019 Marsh Migrations season has ended. Tonight we had a half-dozen or so folks kayaking with us as we explored Sweet Marsh. The wildlife was elusive, but the paddling was nearly perfect. Conditions were cool (no bugs) with a manageable breeze and a beautiful evening …

Sandhill Crane Colt - Image 565559 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-13-19

  Seen at Sweet Marsh After shooting still images and recording video for a month or so, it is time to announce that sandhill cranes are hatching in Bremer County. See the process here:  Sandhill Cranes – Nesting and With Young (Video)    

Eared Grebe at Sweet Marsh - Image 564728 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-12-19

  Seen at Sweet Marsh During the daylight hours of Mother’s Day 2019 I made two trips to Sweet Marsh. During the early trip my emphasis was on warblers. The later trip, a kayaking trip hosted by Crawdaddy Outdoors, included observations of a variety of bird species. To see the pictures in a larger format …

Yellow-rumped Warbler - Image 564090 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-10-19 and 5-11-19

  Grandson Time My posts have not kept up due to having a great opportunity to spend time with one of our younger grandsons. Such time is important and not often enough, so I took advantage of it. While he is sleeping I thought it might be a good time to share some photos from …

Zebra Mussels - Image 564019 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-9-19

  Visual Justification For a Law Most of my “on the water” outings happen at Sweet Marsh where two exotic/invasive plant species have been documented – brittle naiad and Eurasian watermilfoil. While it may be time-consuming and inconvenient, I recognize the importance of removing vegetation, even the smallest pieces, from my vessels and trailers. I …