Kip’s Comments 7-10-17

Whitetail Deer Fawn in Grassland - Image 451190 (© Kip Ladage)

 

On The Road; Deep Thoughts

While driving down the road today I had a couple of wildlife species watching me watching them. The first, a rooster ring-necked pheasant, stood his ground until the last minute when I needed to continue in his direction. Finally, the bold bird ran down the gravel road a short distance before taking flight and settling in the outer edges of a corn field. Right or wrong, I am going to assume he is the dominate bird in the area.      

Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant on Gravel Road:            

Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant on Gravel Road - Image 451182 (© Kip Ladage)

Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant on Gravel Road – Image 451182 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Not too far down the road from the pheasant I noticed this bold whitetail deer fawn watching me from what it may have perceived as safety in a grassy field dotted with wildflowers. The young deer stood still for plenty of time to allow me to shoot pictures. Eventually the fawn could tolerate me no longer and hopped over a fence into a cornfield.    

Whitetail Deer Fawn in Grassland:

Whitetail Deer Fawn in Grassland - Image 451190 (© Kip Ladage)

Whitetail Deer Fawn in Grassland – Image 451190 (© Kip Ladage)

   

Yesterday I posted several pictures of compass plants found near Big Woods Lake in Cedar Falls. When I see compass plants, I think of a quote from Aldo Leopold in his book “A Sand County Almanac.” The quote is “…What a thousand acres of Silphiums looked like when they tickled the bellies of the buffalo is a question never again to be answered, and perhaps not even asked.”

Can you imagine what a field of Silphiums (compass plants) might look like? I am guessing it would be very pretty. As Mr. Leopold suggested, this is a question to not even ask. We will never see it again in our lifetimes. I guess the absence is the price we pay for our modern age. (Or, maybe I was should have been born sooner?)  

For the record…I had a Tee-shirt with that quote on it, below a pencil-type drawing of a compass plant. I liked that shirt!  

Compass Plant (image recorded yesterday):

Compass Plant Against Dark Background - Image 451073 (© Kip Ladage)

Compass Plant Against Dark Background – Image 451073 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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