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 …

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 …

Whitetail Deer (Buck) in Snowy Timber - Image 597782 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-11-19

  Track in Snow, White Timber, Geese on the Move Today’s outdoor efforts can be divided into three distinct categories based on my time with my Nikon.        Early this morning I pedaled my fat tire bike in snow for the first time in the 2019 snow season. My tire pressure was low …

Orange Fungus on Log - Image 597245 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-9-19

  Voices When I have discussed young people and their involvement in the outdoors on this website, more often than not I express my concern for at least two generations that appear, for the most part, to be disconnected from the environment. Look around when you are out in the wild. How many young people …

Pink Tree and Trail at Hartman Reserve - Image 597079 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-8-19

  A Very Pleasant Lunch Break Among several work-related tasks today was to attend a meeting at Hartman Reserve Nature Center. Our discussions focused on water quality and water quantity – really, how do we improve both without breaking the bank? The contents of the discussions could fill a page or more. I will leave …

Maple Leaf in Conifer with Snow - Image 596844 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-7-19

  It’s Not the Snow As I wandered our yard today in single-digit temperatures with a coating of snow everywhere, I realized it is not the snow I dislike (assuming the snow and ice are not on the roads). My disdain is for the cold temperatures. The snow actually made for a very pretty morning. …

Whitetail Deer (Buck) - Image 596690 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-6-19

  Taking Care of the Girls Many years ago, before I began carrying camera equipment on my hikes in the woods, I would carry a bow or shotgun. I hunted Iowa’s whitetail deer from elevated treestands and from the ground. Many hours were spent scouting before the fall hunting seasons opened and then during the …

Plowed Marriage Proposal - Image 596233 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-5-19

  Love is in the Air This past weekend I was outside working on my mower that had a flat tire. The yard was filled with leaves that I so wanted to obliterate into a million tiny pieces and I had a flat tire. As I was working on the mower, a helicopter flew over …