Double-crested Cormorant on Log - Image 581537 - (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-11-19

  NOT an Iowa Anhinga Early this morning I was fortunate to find a double-crested cormorant that was quite comfortable with my pontoon boat approaching very close. In fact, after more than an hour together the bird was still standing on the same log and it was me that moved on. That does not happen …

Moth on Siding - Image 581333 - (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-10-19

  At The End of a Long Day For the past three days I have been working with agents from federal agencies to investigate a local tragedy. The days have been long and take an emotional toll. Today, after a 10-hour day, I then attended the wedding reception and dance for a very nice couple. …

Exposed Tree Roots - Image 581306 - mono (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-9-19

  Clearing The Head The past few days at work have been challenging. Folks who have followed the news media for this area know what I am referring to. Working such cases are emotionally challenging and tend to be stressful. After two full days and with at least one more coming up, I decided it …

Sandhill Cranes in Grass - Image 581260 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-8-19

  In Hiding, But Not Really Maybe this young sandhill crane has not yet learned how to be elusive. On my first pass near this grassland, I saw two adult cranes and a young bird. By the time I turned around for a better look, both parent birds were hidden, but the youngster only sat …

Red Squirrel - Image 581117 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-7-19

  Trouble in Small Packages At our cabin we have been inundated with red squirrels – sometimes referred to as Jack squirrels. The little rodents are constantly busy and get into whatever they can, climb wherever they want, and squawk up a storm when disturbed. Every now and then the squirrels settle down so I …

Adult Barn Swallow Feeding Young Barn Swallow - Image 580897 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-6-19

  Parental Care in the Blink of an Eye Very early this morning, just as a blanket of heavy fog was burning off the landscape, I had an opportunity to watch as a barn swallow fed one of her young birds. From what I could tell, the other nest mates were able to fend for …

Swamp Milkweed - Image 580845 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-5-19

  Mass Slaughter in Pretty Habitats Much of my afternoon and evening involved driving today. In places the process was sad as countless butterflies were being hit and scattered on the roads. From what I could tell, most appeared to be red admiral butterflies. I don’t know if there has been a large hatch recently, …

2019 Bremer County Fair NTPA Truck and Tractor Pull - Image DSC_0048 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-4-19

  From One Extreme to the Other Most of the time I use this space to share images I have recorded of nature of some sort – wildlife or landscapes. Occasionally I will share photos of something else, but not too often.    This past weekend has included a few nature photography sessions, but mostly …

Fireworks - Tripoli Days 2019 - DSC_0036 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-3-19

  Small Town Celebration Our small town is enjoying its annual city-wide celebration. While often the town is quiet with little happening, last night we had fireworks and today we enjoyed a parade, a car show, music in the park, fire department water ball competitions, and a static demonstration of public safety vehicles.  A sample …

Delaware State Quarter Featuring Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge - Image 580703 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-2-19

  Interesting Surprise While sorting through pocket change today a certain coin caught my attention. As I looked at the various state quarters I had collected, I noticed the Delaware state quarter featuring a great blue heron at Bombay Hook – a national wildlife refuge located along the Delaware coast, east of Dover. Also on …