Green Dragon Plant - Image 571837 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-5-19

  Green Dragon  I remember as a child having Jack-in-the-Pulpit plants pointed out to me during walks in the timber. If my memory is correct, we even dug some in an effort to transplant them. I cringe now at that thought, but back then I did not know the difference. Fast-forward to a few years …

Male Dickcissel - Image 571799 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-4-19

  I Am Impressed (X2) and I Am Surprised Alert drivers, especially those driving slower on gravel roads, may see dickcissels calling from fences, shrubbery, or anything else they choose to perch on. I was lucky today to notice this very nice looking male dickcissel calling to a mate from a branch at eye level. …

Great Crested Flycatcher - Image 571678 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-3-19

  In A Quarter-Mile While traveling today I noticed, in a short quarter-mile section of rural Iowa road, several pretty wildflowers and one not-so-easily/not-so-often seen bird species. None could be considered rare or uncommon, but all seemed photo-worthy for me. Obviously I stopped and shot a few pictures. And to think all of this was …

Iris - Image 571602 bi-color (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-2-19

  Flowers or Works of Art? When I am blessed to have times like this morning, when I found one interesting wildflower after another, I often spend as much time studying the blossoms on my computer monitor as I do when in the field photographing the plants. By enlarging the images, I can see details …

Blue-eyed Grass - Image 571370 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-1-19

  Favorite Tiny Wildflowers About this time of year during most years I take a few minutes to enjoy some not so common wildflowers. In fact, I don’t see these flowers anywhere other than where these photographs were made. I began by shooting pictures of prairie smoke (Grandfather’s whiskers) blossoms. Like most years I then …

Chipmunk at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 571320 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-31-19

  Two Finds During a Short Walk During a very short walk at Ingawanis Woodlands today, I was able to photograph two species. One of the species is common and often ignored because they are small and, well… so common. As I walked slowly in the vegetation I noticed this little chipmunk was watching me. …

Pink Jack-in-the-Pulpit - Image 570945 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-30-19

  Interesting…a Pink Jack-in-the-Pulpit  While scouting today for a nature photography field trip with Waverly-Shell Rock students for their “Project Based Learning” class, I came across this pink jack-in-the-pulpit plant.    When I spotted the plant, I recognized it as something different. The cause of the atypical coloration is something I do not know. I …

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh - Image 570803 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-29-19

  Wow…What Color!   The Good Lord blessed me with several color-packed interactions with wildlife today. The interesting detail about the chance meetings was that for most of the creatures, unless a person was looking for them, the wildlife would not have been easily seen. But once noticed, their beauty and color was obvious.      …

Scarlet Tanager - Image 570336 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-28-19

  Two Shades of Red and No Bird is Home   As Kristy and I were beginning the work week this morning, I was pleasantly surprised by a male scarlet tanager on one of our grape jelly feeders. Little jelly remained after a busy day of Baltimore oriole meals yesterday, but there was enough there to …

Scarlet Tanager - Image 570037 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-24-19 to 5-27-19

  Memorial Day Weekend 2019 – Making Memories   Even though the weather forecast was less than outstanding (and most of the rain did not happen!), and even though the weekend ended with a tornado response (no injuries or fatalities), we had a great weekend with family and friends. While we missed some of our family …