Common Loon at Big Woods Lake - Image 432378 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-21-17

  Surprises at Big Woods Lake Early this morning I was paddling my kayak on Big Woods Lake near Cedar Falls. My hopes were that I might see (and hopefully photograph) a “not regularly seen in Iowa” species or two. My chances of success were minimal, but a person never really knows what they are …

Ctenucha Moth on Aster - Image 400243

Kip’s Comments 10-1-16

  Is This It…Is Cabin Season About Over After a couple of weeks of steady work, I finally had time to do some serious flood clean-up at our cabin today. The yard is very discouraging. Soupy, wet ground and dead grass describes about half of it. Before I left the area I took a kayak …

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - Image 396181

Kip’s Comments 9-5-16

  A New Life Bird For Me and a Good Photo To Prove It Once again I was treated to an unexpected, life bird interaction this morning. Folks – I have nearly 397,000 images in my files and until today I had not seen a wild yellow-billed cuckoo, let alone photographed one. While paddling/fishing this …

Wild Turkeys - Image 395256

Kip’s Comments 9-3-16

  Stand By Me Emerson and Logan were looking out the window today when suddenly she called to me…”Grandpa, look at the turkeys, GRANDPA, LOOK AT THE TURKEYS!” I peaked out her window and saw the source of her excitement – a flock of wild turkeys, possible a couple of family unit’s worth, working their …

Channel Catfish - Image 390512

Kip’s Comments 7-24-16

  If Only I Had Remembered This morning Kristy and I met our good friends Jason, Jeni, and Jordan at Big Woods Lake to paddle kayaks and fish. For reasons unknown to me, I seem to envision endless success and baskets full of fish prior to such events. When reality sets in, we usually go …

Tree Swallow at Big Woods Lake - Image 368844

Kip’s Comments 4-10-16

  Water and Wildflowers Kristy and I were closely watching the weather forecast last night when we went to bed. Our hopes were we could get up early for some sunrise (or so) paddling on Big Woods Lake. Bald eagles would be what we searched for, but of course we would appreciate and enjoy any …

Double-crested Cormorant in Flight at Big Woods Lake - Image 365607

Kip’s Comments 3-28-16

  Big Day at Big Woods Lake Bright and early this morning I was on my way to paddle on Big Woods Lake. My plan was to photograph the common loon Kristy and I saw on the water there yesterday. I didn’t expect to see or shoot pics of much else. From the parking lot, …

Trmpeter Swans at George Wyth State Park - Image 348971

Kip’s Comments 12-20-15

  Do The Swans and Scoter Know Something? Around mid-morning today my schedule had me near George Wyth State Park, between Waterloo and Cedar Falls.. Since I was close, it only made sense that I make a quick pass through the park to see if the white-winged scoter was still present. Within a minute or …

Wasp - Close! - Image 341302

Kip’s Comments 10-4-15

  Disturbing Views Today we pulled the camper home to end a pleasant week of camping. As we drove east out of Black Hawk Park, we came across a couple of roadkill whitetail deer. The first deer was providing meals for crows. A little further down the road the second dead deer was an inviting …

Turkey Vultures on Cell Phone Tower - Image 333152

Kip’s Comments 8-4-15

  An Economic Development Proposal for the City of Frederika Based on what I documented this evening, I have an economic development proposal for the City of Frederika. Since most of the turkey vultures in the county and possibly multi-county area seem to be congregating in Frederika, why not adopt the slogan “Turkey Vulture Capital …