Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh - Image 504952 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-14-18

  Just What the Doctor Ordered and A Marsh Migration Bonanza Have you ever had one of those days that was a “ho hum” type of day? The sky was a cloudy gray, just like the participation portion of the day. Physically the day was not challenging. Emotionally, today was filled with deep thoughts covering …

Scarlet Tanager at Sweet Marsh - Image 504552 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-13-18

  An Incomplete Split Day On this Mother’s Day I have run out of time to share samples of the images recorded today. My shooting began early this morning, paused for much of the day, and then resumed during our Mother’s Day Marsh Migration event hosted by Crawdaddy Outdoors.  I have my morning images prepped …

Young Fox at Den - Image 503541 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-8-18

  Wildlife and the Outdoors from Morning To Late in the Evening Some days I am blessed with wildlife observation/photography opportunities from the break of day past the setting of the sun. Other days might not be so full. Today was a day of non-stop shooting with a number of nice images being recorded. Let’s …

Injured Snow Goose at Sweet Marsh - Image 496691 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-17-18

  On The Water – Parts 1 and 2 Part 1 – Today’s work schedule began very early, allowing me ample time to go paddling this afternoon at Sweet Marsh. No matter where a person looks at the marsh right now, you see wildlife. Much of the animal activity is waterfowl-based, but the egrets and …

Dead Barred Owl on Power Pole - Image 492975 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-27-18

  Paddling in a Big Slushy After a couple of weeks of cancelled “Marsh Migration” paddling events hosted by Crawdaddy Outdoors, tonight five of us were on the water checking out spring migrants at Sweet Marsh. To get out to the big water and then back to the dock meant we had to paddle through …

Fungus at Babcock Woods - Image 442796 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-24-17

  Birds and Blossoms Due to having too many things to do and too little time to get it all done, today’s posting will feature a handful of images shot when the opportunities presented themselves. There really is nothing tying the images together, other than they were all possible due to the time of the …

Great Egret in Flight - Image 440638 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-14-17

  Long Legs, A Long Neck, and Our Final Marsh Migrations of 2017 Before this Mother’s Day became very busy, Kristy and I shared a birding drive around the county. If a common theme was evident, the similarity in my images was that all of the subjects were birds with long legs. Our first species …

Kayaking at Sweet Marsh - Image 439349 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-9-17

  Marsh Migrations, Blossoms, and Cooper’s Hawk Update Much of today was dedicated to participating in the annual “Fifth Grade Field Day” hosted by Bremer County Conservation. At this event fifth graders from across the county move from station to station where they learn about various outdoor activities. My topic was backpacking and the students …

Crimson Cup Fungus - Image 429770 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-11-17

  Wildflowers and Calm Paddling After a large table-top exercise today at work, I spent some time wandering among wildflowers and a wild fungus species. While approaching the area I expected to see some wildflowers. I was not planning to see a carpet of pretty early spring blossoms. Everywhere I looked there were flowers either …

Black-crowned Night-Heron - Image 429172 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-9-17

  Worth The Effort and A Great Marsh Migration Outing The relentless wind that has been pounding us from the south has brought outdoor temperatures up, but has caused some problems at Sweet Marsh, at least for some of us. Many people do not realize that many of the cattails at Sweet Marsh are not …