Poison Ivy on White Bark - Image 701993 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-2-21

  Toxic Attraction For reasons unknown to me, other than perhaps due to repeated exposures, I have developed a sensitivity to some plant contact. As I type this I can count numerous bruise-like discolorations on my arms and legs that were blistered a few days ago. My best guess is I have a sensitivity to …

Purple Prairie Clover - Image 701897 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-1-21

  + or – For today’s post I could have shared an image of a dead hawk (cause of death is unknown) or purple prairie clover blossoms. To lean toward the positive side, I have opted for a purple prairie clover. I have nothing more to share about this, other than I really like them. …

Woodland Sunflowers at Daybreak - Image 701675 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-31-21

  W.O.L.D. “The bright good morning voice who’s heard but never seen…” Those lyrics, while technically the reverse of what I was experiencing, were going through my head as I rounded a bend in the road at Sweet Marsh this morning. An early sunrise lit the pretty woodland sunflowers in a way direct or overhead …

Purple Coneflower- Image 701494 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-30-21

  Life Lesson From Wildflowers Early this morning as the sun was losing the battle to burn through the smoke and haze from the wildfires, I photographed two wildflower species. First to capture my attention was an attractive purple coneflower arrangement. Not only were the blossoms in a good spot, but they were highlighted with …

Wood Duck on Dead Tree - Image 701490 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-29-21

  Avian Sentinel Based on behavior, I am guessing the hen wood duck I photographed this morning high in a dead tree that had dropped into the water was watching her youngsters somewhere below her. My presence watching and photographing her generated no change in her attitude or actions. She continued to look around – …

Combine Demo Derby - 1059 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-28-21

  Good People Today was a very long day, but a day filled with good people and good people doing good things. First we had RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa) that passed through Janesville. Team planning resulted in a smooth operation as 16,000-20,000 bicyclists passed through the community. From city officials to …

Lightning - Image 701446 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-27-21

  Why So Difficult Why is photographing lightning, with any degree of quality so difficult? Could it be that the photographer must align lightning with an acceptable foreground and background, achieve focus, guess exposure on varying scenes, and have the shutter open at the exact split second in time when the lightning bolt is visible? …

Prairie Blazing Star - Image 701428 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-26-21

  Invasive Photo Bomber Each year it seems like our Japanese beetle invasion is getting worse. My trees, our roses, even wild milkweed – nothing green seems to be avoided by Japanese beetles. The bad news with them is they can quickly decimate the foliage where they are eating. The good news is the damage …

Purple Coneflower - Image 701286 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-23 through 7-25-21

  A Mix of Images Over the Past Three Days Kristy and I spent the past days camping with family and friends. We were busy from early in the morning through late at night, but not much of the activities involved a Nikon. Still, I did manage to shoot a few pictures of interest.  This …

Whitetail Deer in Fog - Image 700782 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-22-21

  Wise Up or Else Early this morning, before the “dog days of summer” sun rose too high, I conducted a quick assessment of the status of the Wapsipinicon River and Sweet Marsh. Fog hung heavy in the air with a smell of corn and a stagnant aroma. Combined with the haze from wildfires thousands …