Bee on Blossoms - Image 690748 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-10-21

  Making Berries When I walked past our European mountain ash tree this afternoon a subtle buzzing was heard. Dozens, if not more, bees of various species were crawling around on the top of the blossoms. Obviously the pollination process was in full swing with so many bees doing the work. In a few months …

Black-crowned Night Heron - Image 690584 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-9-21

  Getting Closer Today was filled with plenty of wildlife observations. Birds of interest observed included yellow warblers, common yellowthroats, Harris’s sparrows, gray catbirds, marsh wrens, great egrets, Virginia rails, and a close interaction with a black-crowned night heron.    Sooner or later I am hoping to photograph black-crowned night herons out in the open …

Sunfish in Hand - Image 690448 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-8-21

  A Recipe For Memories This was learned today…    Mix two grandchildren ages eight and five,    Add friends Jason and Jordan,  Blend with a small tub of nightcrawlers,  Toss in a few minnows,    And spend much of the day fishing in an area loaded with small sunfish.          At …

Swainson's Thrush - Image 690341 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-7-21

  Secretive Brown Bird During my morning walk before work I was able to photograph a bird I first saw yesterday. When seen a day earlier, I was not certain which species I was looking at. Today, by using a clear photograph and a bird identification app, I confirmed the species in question was a …

American Robin Eating Worm - Image 690199 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-6-21

  Double-standard? This past weekend I shared pictures and narrative about an adult bald eagle that drowned a fox squirrel. I heard or received many comments about the story. Some were fascinated with the entire saga. Others felt bad for the squirrel while understanding what I documented was an accurate view of nature in the …

Male Red-winged Blackbird Taking Flight - Image 689944 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-5-21

  For That Guy Yesterday I shared thoughts about a friend who gives me a hard time as I chase wildlife with my camera. (His comments are in good spirit.) Perhaps one of his favorite species to joke about is the red-winged blackbird. Due to limited photography options today, I pursued the red-winged blackbirds just …

Yellow-rumped Warbler - Image 689911 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-4-21

  Secretly Wishing? For the first time in more than a year I am attending in-person training with counterparts from across the state. One of my cohorts gives me an incredible amount of grief (in good spirits) about my passion for nature photography. One breath he will be asking if I photographed a snail migration …

Yellow Warbler - Image 689506 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-3-21

  Moisture Enhanced Colors During my time outdoors today I was fortunate to look for birds as it was raining lightly. While the moisture posed issues for my equipment, it also enhanced the colors I was looking for. Drab colors had more of a glow and normally bright colors really looked nice. When this yellow …

Bald Eagle with Squirrel On Cedar River - Image 688862 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-2-21

  Right Place, Right Time, Unless You were the Squirrel This morning my nephew and I were driving across the Cedar River when I spotted an adult bald eagle standing in the water. Based on past experiences, I feared the eagle was in trouble and I would be spending the afternoon rescuing the bird, ill …

June Bug Larvae - Image 688748 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-1-21

  Soft and Squishy Wild Critter While doing traditional spring tasks of planting and watering vegetation today, I came across a future June bug. My little friend was very much alive and not sure about being exposed. It is at this stage in the life of a June bug (beetle) that they can do considerable …