Purple Coneflower - Image 640138 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-25-20

  I Liked His Photo Last week a friend of mine shot a photo that I really liked. The composition was clean and simple, yet something I really enjoyed. When I saw it I commented that it would look good as a print or canvas hanging on a wall. As I was studying wildflowers tonight …

Thunderstorm Over Rural Iowa Landscape - Image 640096 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-24-20

  Ominous Clouds and A First Late this morning, as I was mowing a family member’s yard, I watched as yet another thunderstorm moved across our rural Iowa landscape. Dark clouds were seen first, then cool temperatures pushed through, followed by heavy rain with thunder and lightning. Before the storm arrived I pondered the thought …

Injured Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk - Image 640010 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-23-20

  Looking Quite Rough Early this afternoon I was notified of a downed hawk under a communications tower guy line. My best guess is the hawk – a juvenile red-tailed hawk I believe – hit the cable while in flight. It appears to have a substantial break at the shoulder based on my physical examination.  …

Spider Near Eggs - Image 639972 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-22-20

  Defensive Posture As I waited for a delivery from the National Guard today, I noticed an occupied spider web within easy view. The “mother” spider was present not too far from her huge egg sack. I could not resist the opportunity to photograph the creature. I certainly wish I would have had more equipment …

Musk Thistle - Image 639951 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-19 through 6-21

  Catching Up Father’s Day Weekend 2020 was similar to previous years, yet a bit different at the same time. We were able to spend considerable quality time with one of the kids and their family while camping this weekend. Unfortunately, due to too many miles between us and them, we were not able to …

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Image 639542 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-18-20

  Wearing Out Joints As I watched our ruby-throated hummingbirds at our feeders today, I became curious about their wingbeats. Research told me a hummingbird’s wings beat at 53-times per second. Let’s think about that number. It is no wonder we cannot see their wings in flight unless we use high-speed photography. Such rapid wing …

Bullfrog on Log - Image 639418 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-17-20

  Sitting Still Could Get You Killed Once again tonight I had to save a turtle from being run over by a vehicle. This time a painted turtle was drawn into its shell as cars and trucks drove over it at highway speed. A turtle crossing a road is generally not a good thing. A …

Turkey Vulture at Road Kill - Image 639300 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-16-20

  Backlit Entrails In photography lighting (or lack of) is everything. Exceptional lighting can turn a mediocre composition into an interesting image. On the other hand, flat light can ruin an otherwise good composition.      One lighting technique often practiced to improve images is backlighting. Backlighting allows viewers to “see” through some subjects or …

Young Woodchuck - Image 639265 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-15-20

  Young Whistlepig! Many, many moons ago, when I was just a young pup, we had guinea pigs for pets. For those not familiar with guinea pigs, you might be surprised to learn how docile guinea pigs are, how the little furry animals can be “trained” for certain responses, and how they can be good …

Wapsipinicon Dam at Frederika - High Water - Image 639232 © Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-14-20

  What Do You See When you look at this picture, what do you see?        If you are familiar with the Wapsipinicon River you might recognize this is the dam at Frederika. Besides that, you might notice that the water is high and moving fast. Had this been a video, you would …