Kip’s Comments 5-24-17

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

 

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 season.      

First for the day, and most importantly, I went out to check on the whitetail fawns I photographed yesterday. My hope was that they were gone, with their Mom, to hiding places nobody can find. My dream was realized when I found nothing in fawn-land other than these fungi. That was good – Momma Deer is taking care of her youngsters!    

Fungi at Babcock Woods:                

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

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

 

Later in the day I did a brief woodland walk where there are interesting flowers. As expected I found several plant species. Based on the condition of the showy orchis blossoms, it is time to bid them farewell for another season. It seems they only arrived a few days ago. The end of their blooming is indicative of summer and all that goes with the much warmer season. The Virginia waterleaf are just an interesting plant with a fascinating blossom.  The final plant species features a Jack-in-the-Pulpit. Is there anyone who does not appreciate Jack? 

Showy Orchis:   

Showy Orchis - Image 442822 (© Kip Ladage)

Showy Orchis – Image 442822 (© Kip Ladage)

   

Virginia Waterleaf:

Virginia Waterleaf - Image 442835 (© Kip Ladage)

Virginia Waterleaf – Image 442835 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Jack-in-the-Pulpit:

Jack-in-the-Pulpit - Image 442804 (© Kip Ladage)

Jack-in-the-Pulpit – Image 442804 (© Kip Ladage)

   

Finally, at home I noticed we had not one, but a pair of gray-cheeked thrushes under the bird feeders. These two were tolerant enough of me moving around to shoot their picture that I actually recorded clear images of them!  

Gray-cheeked Thrush:

Gray-cheeked Thrush - Image 442842 (© Kip Ladage)

Gray-cheeked Thrush – Image 442842 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Gray-cheeked Thrush - Image 442876 (© Kip Ladage)

Gray-cheeked Thrush – Image 442876 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Tonight my buddy and I and our “Marsh Migration” outings were featured on Iowa Public Television. Since we did not see the segment before it aired, there was some hesitation… how will we look, did I speak correctly, will viewers be interested or turned-off by our television conversation.

After watching the segment several times, I am comfortable saying the folks at Iowa Public Television did a great job. If you want to see the segment, this is the link directly to Iowa Public Television:

Sweet Marsh/Marsh Migrations on Iowa Public Television

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