Kip’s Comments 9-18-15

Possum Avenue Prairie and Rain Clouds (Blossom with Bumblebee) - Image 338692

 

Results of a “Nature Fix”

After a week of long days at work and meetings during the evenings, I had time off today. I used the opportunity to indulge myself in a “nature fix” before the rain began. The outing was much appreciated and while no images of special merit were captured, I did see plenty of things I enjoyed.    

Before I arrived at the river I spotted a road-kill animal. About the same time I noticed many turkey vultures floating on the winds and working their way toward the dead animal. I waited and waited and eventually the birds arrived. None touched down for a meal, but a few did allow for some photos to be made.    

Turkey Vultures in Flight:                          

Turkey Vulture in Flight - Image 338477

Turkey Vulture in Flight – Image 338477

 

Turkey Vulture in Flight - Image 338481

Turkey Vulture in Flight – Image 338481

 

Turkey Vulture in Flight - Image 338516

Turkey Vulture in Flight – Image 338516

 

Turkey Vulture in Flight - Image 338530

Turkey Vulture in Flight – Image 338530

 

After shooting pictures of the turkey vultures I then went to the cabin. During my equipment-moving process, when I didn’t have my camera in my hands, I saw and heard bald eagles screaming back and forth. By the time I found the pair with my Nikon in my hands, both birds were in flight and headed northwest.  

Bald Eagle in Flight:

Bald Eagle in Flight - Image 338532

Bald Eagle in Flight – Image 338532

 

On the river the only bird I photographed was a green heron. This bird was not cooperative, so the picture is less than I would like.  

Green Heron:    

Green Heron on Wapsipinicon River - Image 338554

Green Heron on Wapsipinicon River – Image 338554

 

As I moved around on the river I saw details that tell me we are between seasons. I saw many painted turtles sunning themselves. It won’t be long before they disappear again for many months.  

Painted Turtles on Log:

Painted Turtles on Log - Image 338605

Painted Turtles on Log – Image 338605

 

About the same time I noticed there were many leaves floating down the river. It seems too early, but I guess autumn is here.  

Oak Leaf on Wapsipinicon River:      

Oak Leaf Floating on Wapsipinicon River - Image 338582

Oak Leaf Floating on Wapsipinicon River – Image 338582

 

During the drive home I stopped at the Possum Avenue prairie to record the bright prairie plants against the ominous rain clouds in the western sky. As I roamed the prairie I found a single rattlesnake master plant! Rattlesnake master is not common around Bremer County.  

Possum Prairie and Rain Clouds:

Possum Avenue Prairie and Rain Clouds - Image 338693

Possum Avenue Prairie and Rain Clouds – Image 338693

 

Possum Avenue Prairie and Rain Clouds - Image 338643

Possum Avenue Prairie and Rain Clouds – Image 338643

 

Possum Avenue Prairie and Rain Clouds - Image 338631

Possum Avenue Prairie and Rain Clouds – Image 338631

 

Possum Avenue Prairie and Rain Clouds - Image 338621

Possum Avenue Prairie and Rain Clouds – Image 338621

 

Rattlesnake Master - Image 338618

Rattlesnake Master – Image 338618

 

Possum Avenue Prairie and Rain Clouds (Blossom with Bumblebee) - Image 338692

Possum Avenue Prairie and Rain Clouds (Blossom with Bumblebee) – Image 338692

 

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