Autumn Tree in Timber - Image 599141 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-22-19

  Glimpses of Autumn Following a rather challenging day at work I spent a few minutes enjoying a walk in the woods. The deer were running far and fast ahead of me, so shooting pictures of them was out of the question. Instead, I simply walked and took in my surroundings.    It was hard …

Whitetail Deer in Timber - Image 599100 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-21-19

  I Remember When Years ago, more likely decades ago, I seldom saw whitetail deer. In fact, I remember driving long distances in search of a deer. During those days I suppose I would have even been glad to see one on the highway. (That attitude has changed now.) Then management practices changed and the …

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Holes in Tree - Image 599011 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-20-19

  Leaving Signs Sometimes what a person does not see reveals as much as what they might see. For example, today I looked for saw-whet or long-eared owls where I have observed and photographed them recently. While I did not see any owls, or anything else for that matter, I did find plenty of obvious …

Wild Turkey Feather - Image 598897 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-19-19

  Testing Only Today I had a meeting in Des Moines that caused my day to start in the 4:00 hour and I did not return home until after 8:00PM. As a result, no serious nature photography was completed, but I did have plenty of windshield time to ponder various equipment ideas. I tested them …

Whitetail Deer (Doe) in Timber - Image 598983 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-18-19

  He Likes Her More and Decay on Decay As I drove down a road today I noticed, at the last minute, a whitetail doe considering a dart across the road in front of me. Fortunately I was able to come to a complete stop to allow her to make a decision. Was she going …

Cedar Waxwing - Image 598882 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-17-19

  Three Days – Three Owl Species and Smooth Feathers (All with a Gray Sky) To tie today’s post with the past three day’s entries requires that I share photos recorded today a little bit out of order.    This afternoon I noticed our European Mountain Ash tree was filled with Cedar waxwings munching on …

Long-eared Owl in Conifer - Image 598692 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-16-19

  Believe it or Not…Following a Hunch for a Pleasant Surprise Late this afternoon I enjoyed a hike looking around a timber/brushy habitat area for whatever I could find. Usually I spot something interesting, but today there was nothing. When I returned to the trailhead the first time I promptly hiked back into the trees …

Saw-whet Owl at Green Belt Lake - Image 598078 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-15-19

  Mission Accomplished In yesterday’s very brief post I mentioned a goal of shooting interesting pictures today. My mission was accomplished!         Earlier in the week I learned of a sighting of a saw-whet owl in a nearby public area. Saw-whet owls are not seen every year and few locales actually host the …

Waning Gibbous Moon - Image 597898 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-14-19

  Calling it a Day After a work day that began at 7:15AM and ended at 10:15PM, this fellow doesn’t have much steam left. In addition to a lack of energy there was a lack of light and time for photography. Just one natural object lit my drive home. From the comfort of my yard …

Whitetail Deer Bedded in Snowy Timber - Image 597854 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-13-19

  Always Looking When I am traveling, especially this time of year, I am watchful for wildlife that may pose a threat by darting on to the road. During late fall and early winter, when whitetail bucks are in full rut, the threat is higher than normal. Does tend to run from the bucks except …