Gray Treefrog - Image 648706 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-28-20

  Waiting and Watching Photography options can occur at any time. A wildlife photographer must be ready for any opportunities and when they happen, act on them. Too often, people shoot one or two pictures and move on to the next subject or activity. When they do that, the photographers often miss additional image compositions …

Gray Tree Frog - Image 586219 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-4-19

  Bookend Photos My preferred time to shoot photos is early in the morning as the sun is rising or in the evening as the sun is receding (or after it has set). The light is warmer, shadows are longer and less pronounced, and images just seem to appear a bit more pleasing. I refer …

Juvenile Double-crested Cormorant - Image 523390 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-10-18

  There Is Always Something to Look At and Some of it Is “In Your Face” On the days when my schedule is so full that I wonder if I will see any wildlife, I tend to be surprised. Busy or not, Mother Nature provides a variety of critters for me to look at, enjoy, …

Canoeing the Wapsipinicon River - Image 467625 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-4-17

  Impending Drama…Or Not? As I was getting home tonight Kristy pointed out our resident gray tree frog on the side of the house. She spotted the frog while studying a bright green beetle-like insect. Even though the two were several feet apart, I wondered if one had plans to invite the other over for …

Gray Tree Frog - Image 446575 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-11-17

  Teaching Them Young Emerson (almost 6) and Logan (almost 2) stayed with us this weekend which resulted in a couple of non-stop, constantly active days, except for when they were napping. Since it was going to be a hot weekend, Kristy set up and filled a small, shallow wading pool for the kids to …

Twayblade Orchid - Image 446009 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-6-17

  Random Shooting Some days a fellow has little time for pursuing nature photography and must settle for shooting pictures when random opportunities present themselves. Such was the case today. My day was filled with activities and not much of it included carrying a Nikon in my hand. I was able to make a few …

Gray Tree Frog on House = Image 393296

Kip’s Comments 8-16-16

  Just Hanging Around This morning, as I was getting ready to go to work, Kristy announced that we had a visitor. This one was hanging around outside of our door. It was not making any attempt to enter the house, instead content to hang around and move slightly every now and then. Since the …

Hosta Blossom - Image 277540

Kip’s Comments 8-27-14

Technically Speaking, With Natural Beauty Added Today’s schedule was full, leaving only a few minutes to shoot a few photos. Since I had a short-term visitor, also known as a gray tree frog, I used it for a colorful and interesting subject. Shooting pictures of the frog then led to another subject, and another, and …

Garden Phlox - Image 268667

Kip’s Comments 7-10-14

Ungrateful Overnight Guest When I came home late last night from a meeting, I was greeted by a gray tree frog suction-cupped to our siding near the backdoor. Of course I invited the frog in and allowed it to stay overnight, through mid-day, until I had time to shoot some pictures of it. When I …

Gray Tree Frog - Image 265977

Kip’s Comments 6-19-14

  A Confusing Color Topic Today’s featured wildlife subject is the gray tree frog. The name of this amphibian would suggest its coloration to be gray, yet it is often a shade of green.  Sometimes these little frogs are bright green and other times they are in fact gray. Their coloration varies based on the …