Oak Tree in Field - Image 661877 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-24-20

  Three of Many Shades of Gray Even though the sun was not able to burn through the clouds today, the normal activities of our world – manmade and natural – continued as necessary. As a photographer/wildlife observer, I looked around a bit to watch what was happening. (Actually, I had hoped to paddle in …

Many Sandhill Cranes - Image 661703 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-23-20

  Dropping Like a Swarm of Blackbirds For the past several weeks a friend of mine has been keeping track of a large flock of sandhill cranes that have been feeding around the Sweet Marsh area. He regularly calls with updates, but until today I had not been able to view the gathering of the …

Young Bullfrogs in Hand - Image 661124 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-8-20

  You Are Going the Wrong Way Little Ones Our many days of unseasonably mild weather, while very nice for us, is confusing local reptiles and many amphibians. With each passing warm day I am seeing more and more small frogs along the edges of our local wetland. Normally our frogs and toads would be …

Cardinal Flower and Asters - Image 653690 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-20-20

  A Bird Friendly Community Because of Habitat The City of Tripoli is considering a project to earn “Bird Friendly Community” designation. The requirements are not terribly difficult, yet they are challenging enough that every city cannot simply fill in paperwork and earn the recognition. There is work to be done if a community wishes …

Barred Owl at Sweet Marsh - Image 619769 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-6-20

  What  A  Difference A Day Makes Yesterday the sun was out in full force, a blue sky greeted us in all directions, and people were outside and happy. Today it was cloudy, drizzling, and I saw only one person out (at Sweet Marsh). Even the critters were hard to find. If it hadn’t been …

Sandhill Cranes in Flight Silhouette - Image 618009 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-30-20

  Waiting for One Image (and others from the day) Nearly every evening, sometime between 7:00PM and 8:00PM, sandhill cranes arrive at the south end of Sweet Marsh from points unknown. The arrival of some cranes elicits loud, boisterous responses from other cranes while a number of birds can drop from the sky with no …

Trumpeter Swans in Flight at Sweet Marsh - Image 617530 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-27-20

  Ending With More Beautiful Swan Song  Shortly after sunrise I began my morning walk around Sweet Marsh. Expecting the day to be busy, I knew I needed to get out early if I was going to get out at all. So, early it was, even though it meant I was hiking with a camera …

Trumpeter Swans at Sweet Marsh - Image 617022 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-25-20

  Trumpeter Swans at Sweet Marsh  Early on this dark and dreary day I went for a walk around Sweet Marsh. My reward for the effort was nearly an hour watching a pair of trumpeter swans as they fed and preened. The swans remained in the shallow pond after I left the area. Listen near …

Barred Owls at Sweet 616451 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-24-20

  One Day – Two Parts Due to many duties associated with COVID-19, my photography time lately is split between early before work and after work. A person might think that would give you a decent chance at blue skies, but apparently not at the current time. Both morning and evening photo shoots were done …

River Otter at Sweet 616324 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-22-20

  Early Spring Wildlife at Sweet Marsh Ever wonder if the good Lord supports worthwhile efforts? I learned again today that if I follow where I am led, I will be provided for. Case in point – I had an urge today to hike an area I visit only a few times a year. As …