Female Baltimore Oriole Cleaning Sugar Drops - Image 529359 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-24-18

  Desperation…Please Move On Lady Oriole and Two Views of the Full Moon (and more) Imagine my surprise this afternoon when I looked out at my bird feeder area and saw a female Baltimore oriole looking back at me. She quickly dropped down to a garbage can lid I use as a squirrel baffle. A …

Red-tailed Hawk in Flight - Image 488274 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-1-18

  This Was Not What It Appeared Early this morning and again later this afternoon I noticed an adult bald eagle on the ground in the same place both times. This morning there was a juvenile eagle nearby, but not when checked later. Having “rescued” several bald eagles suffering from lead poisoning, I was fearful …

Super Moon Setting in Western Sky - Image 405542

Kip’s Comments 11-14-16

  Setting Super Moon Hours before sunrise I was on the road with a family member en route to Mayo Clinic for an 8:15am appointment. That meant we were up early enough to enjoy a clear view of the “Super Moon” setting in the western sky. This photo was recorded early in the 5AM hour. …

Two Sandhill Crane Eggs Hatching - Image 317442

Kip’s Comments 5-2-15

  A Couple of Examples of “Wild” It seems no two days are ever the same for us. Today began with a different type of “wild,” when people challenge themselves to long distance events, like the Wartburg Tri-By-Knight. Zach participated and we watched. Scenes from Zach’s effort at the Tri-By-Knight Triathlon:         …

Bald Eagle - Image 297345

Kip’s Comments 2-4-15

  Smell My Pit Anybody who is a regular reader of my web pages knows that I have a fascination with bald eagles. When I see a bald eagle, I stop if I can to watch it. Shooting photos of eagles is a bonus reward for me, but I will watch the big birds even …

Full Moon with Clouds and A Crow - Image 287629

Kip’s Comments 11-6-14

  Full Moon With a Twist Tonight’s full moon was a treat to watch. As it cleared the horizon, wisps of clouds moved in front of it, adding a different visual effect. As I was shooting a few images of the moon and clouds, a flock of crows took flight some distance away. Fortunately one …

Queen Anne's Lace - Image 272797

Kip’s Comments 8-11-14

It Happened Again My schedule for today and tonight was full, but not with photographic endeavors. When I returned from an evening meeting tonight, I still hadn’t been out with my camera. Not wanting to break my five-year track record of shooting at least one photo a day and posting it, I traveled west of …

Campfire - Image 272580

Kip’s Comments 8-8-14

Time To Realign Priorities Here we are, the first weekend in August and Kristy and I, along with Zach, Nikki, Emerson, Jason, Jeni, and Jordan, are camping.  Sadly, this is the first time in two summers we have set up camp somewhere outside of our yard. We are having a great time – the weather …

Juvenile Black Tern - Image 268876

Kip’s Comments 7-12-14

Dodging Rain Drops After waiting for a forecast that didn’t include rain, I finally accepted the risk of getting wet and paddled some on Sweet Marsh this afternoon. I lost the bet with Mother Nature and was rained on not once, but twice. The rewards for the risk were seeing birds I seldom see and …

Sunset Through Pine Tree - Image 235729

Kip’s Comments 1-13-14

You are invited to one of my nature programs – Moments With Iowa’s Wildlife – Favorites!  The presentation is next Sunday, January 19th at 2:00PM at the Twin Ponds Nature Center near New Hampton.  Stop by…it will be fun!   Two Directions, Two Different Views My schedule did not allow me to get out today …