Ingawanis Woodlands in Autumn - Image 528636 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-19-18

  An Hour at Ingawanis Woodlands For the past year I have been studying and doing practice test in hopes of receiving an FAA license. As my testing date approached, the urge to study and review tests became more recognized. It was important to me to pass the test with an acceptable score to receive …

Black-crowned Night Heron - Image 518283 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-17-18

  My Disappointment To stay sharp when shooting wildlife/nature photos requires that I carry my camera equipment with me to shoot often. I am OK with that, except for one frustration that I cannot seem to overcome. No matter what I do, I have not been able to lighten my load to stay quick and …

Eastern Garter Snake - Image 528137 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-16-18

  Tongue or Eye – What to Feature? As I drove down a rural road today I saw many snakes crossing the road. Being the kind of guy that I am, I stopped to check the species of snakes – hoping to find a rattlesnake. I didn’t find any rattlesnakes, but I did find a …

Whitetail Deer in Autumn Timber - Image 528102 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-15-18

  Autumn Images Even though the calendar indicates we are in the fall season, Mother Nature has been teasing us with cold temperatures, snow, and ice. The mix of seasons created pretty image compositions. I shot some photos to document the pretty conditions early today.      See them in a larger size and higher …

Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Maple Tree in Snow - Image 527998 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-14-18

  At Least One Remains As the number of really warm days for 2018 is dwindling lower and closer to zero, I continue to monitor our hummingbird feeders for activity. Any day now I expect to see no activity at the feeder. When that happens, I will leave the feeders up a few more days …

Ingawanis Woodlands Scenic - Image 527616 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-13-18

  Destination: Ingawanis Woodlands in Autumn Before the sun was even up over the horizon I was headed to the Ingawanis Woodlands in hopes of being in the right spot to capture the sunrise and maybe some whitetail deer moving through the timber. I was dressed in full camo,..prepared to move nearly silently through the …

Effigy Mounds National Monument Scenic - Image 527973 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-12-18

  Destination: Effigy Mounds National Monument I spent the day today hiking and photographing various aspects of Effigy Mounds National Monument. Conditions varied from cloudy (almost looking like rain was imminent) to brief periods of sunshine. I believe I captured, perhaps not exactly to the same level as experiencing first-hand, the essence of Effigy Mounds …

Feather in Cedar Tree - Image 526611 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-11-18

  The Urge is Getting Stronger For nearly a year I have been studying FAA training materials so that I can pass a flight test. My date to prove I know the material has been set and now I am down to my final reviews. As I have read and reread the materials, learned about …

American Kestrel With Rodent - Image 526549 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-10-18

  A Little Cold For This… What We Do For Non-stop Flooding in Iowa When it rains and floods and rains and floods, we can either complain or we can embrace the situation. Apparently some have looked at all of our water with a happy spirit.    Manikin in Flood Water:        During …

Garter Snake - Image 526468 - Head (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-9-18

  A Pause in the Rain = Something For Most For just a few moments today I noticed the sky was brighter than it has been over the past few days. As one of many who has desperately been waiting for a period of dryness, I quickly headed out with my Nikon to try to …