European Starling in Winter Plumage at Suet Feeder - Image 539215 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-16-18

  So That is Where My Suet is Going I’ve been wondering where my suet cakes have been going. It seems I have to refill the feeder more often than I would expect considering how woodpeckers eat. Today I watched as the culprit in my suet disappearance went to work with me nearby.      …

Frame Minnesota 2.0 Fat Tire Bike on Shore of Saylorville Lake - Image 539101 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-15-18

  Riding Where the Fish Swim Every now and then I have to try something new. Today I rode my fat tire bike where the fish swim – on the exposed shoreline of Saylorville Lake. Saylorville Lake is drawn down now resulting in plenty of shoreline surface to pedal on. Since I was in the …

Foggy Scenic at George Wyth State Park - Image 538115 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-14-18

  Life in the Fog Fog is a beautiful condition, as long as you don’t have to travel in it. For photographers, fog turns an often seen, often mundane, landscape into a mysterious place with muted to almost monochrome coloring. When we have mornings like we had today, I am busy moving from one foggy/frosty …

Mourning Dove in Maple Tree - Image 538054 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-13-18

  All Fluffed Up in Our Maple Tree When I can I prefer to shoot wildlife pictures with a natural composition rather than with the bird or animal clinging to a bird feeder or something else unnatural. Such “normal” compositions aren’t always easy and require time and patience. Bringing birds to feeders to shoot pictures …

Injured Short-eared Owl - Image 538052 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-12-18

  A Surprise Call and Baby Fuzz  After work I received a call about an owl that had been hit by a car – actually, the owl hit the antenna of a van. The caring people in the van who reported the injured bird had already captured the owl and had it confined in a …

White Birch Trees in Autumn - Image 538008 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-11-18

  Looking Pretty and I Would Be Gnarly Too From the first light this morning until the sun set this afternoon, our landscape was pretty. It certainly helped to see the sun.    My first enjoyable view to photograph was a wind tower with a vivid sunrise behind it.        Wind Tower at …

Waxing Crescent Moon - 10% Visible - Image 537901 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-10-18

  Lesson Learned During a trip to Minnesota today I opted to leave my good camera gear home and carried only a small point and shoot camera. My reasoning is we would be indoors and I would have little use for a camera. In the state to the north we saw hoarfrost everywhere, in some …

Frost on Orange Berry - Image 537865 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-9-18

  Natural Frosting Those who ventured out early this morning were treated to a heavy layer of frost that added a sparkle to just about anything in the outdoors. Since the second shotgun deer season opened this weekend, I opted to stay out of the woods and concentrated instead on shooting frost images.    One …

House Finch in Tree - Image 537797 - (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-8-18

  Peanuts and Suet Balls For several weeks I have made available to our backyard birds peanut/suet balls in a tube feeder. Today I put a handful, along with corn and black oil sunflower seeds, in our platform feeder. Wow, did that bring in some birds that are often hesitant to approach. For the first …

Black-capped Chickadee on Branch - Image 537399 - (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-7-18

  What Mike Said A year or more ago a photographer buddy of mine suggested a camera body I should try out. Mike already had the model and was amazed by what the camera could do. Now, here we are many months later, and I am finally challenging one of the camera models Mike spoke …