Kip’s Comments 8-9-22

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - Image 762027 (© Kip Ladage)

 

A Preview of Autumn

When I woke this morning to light fog over the landscape, I knew I had to be on the water, even if only for a short while before going to work. So, paddling I went on the Wapsipinicon River.

Much of my paddling was before that special time when the sun is backlighting the fog, attempting to burn it off, but not quite with success. Then, like predictable magic, the pretty lighting effect happened and the watery landscape came alive. Those few moments made skipping breakfast and the effort to canoe worthwhile!       

The fog appeared because the water temperature was so much warmer than the air temperature. In simple terms, we were provided a preview of autumn. On those nights and early mornings, when the air temperature/water temperature difference is enough, fog rises from the water as the heat of the river escapes. The situation is pretty, but also means we are moving in the direction of winter.       

Another indicator of the approaching autumn season is the wildlife I am beginning to see. Waterfowl are now flying in groups and smaller birds are visible in numbers. To my surprise, today I saw a half-dozen or more blue-gray gnatcatchers in a brushy, dogwood area near my canoe. A couple of the little birds even paused close to me, attracted by the berries. This picture shows one of the more interesting views of a blue-gray gnatcatcher.         

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - Image 762027 (© Kip Ladage)

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – Image 762027 (© Kip Ladage)

 

The morning view was pleasing. I will share many more images with you at this link:

A Preview of Autumn   

 

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