Green Dragon - Image 637627 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-2-20

  Uncommon Species and Nature as Art Once again this year I have been blessed to know the location of a very uncommon plant in Iowa – the “Green Dragon.”  Green dragons bloom in specific habitats that might not be so difficult to maintain based on where these grow. The area I am watching has …

Green Dragon Plant - Image 571837 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-5-19

  Green Dragon  I remember as a child having Jack-in-the-Pulpit plants pointed out to me during walks in the timber. If my memory is correct, we even dug some in an effort to transplant them. I cringe now at that thought, but back then I did not know the difference. Fast-forward to a few years …

American Toad - Image 523711 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-13-18

  If These Could Be Eaten Based on our current census of Jack-in-the-Pulpit seeds and amphibians – both frogs and toads in the yard – we would have plenty to survive on if the species could be eaten. Since they cannot, I will be satisfied to shoot pictures of them. It does seem odd to …

Fox Snake - Image 457740 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-31-17

  Found In the Yard; Feeling Awful  Today while mowing the yard two subjects of interest caught my attention. The good news observation was this Jack-in-the-Pulpit seed head shining such a bright red against a background of browns and greens. Unless something drastic happens, we should have more visits from the Jack fellows next spring. …

Fungus at Babcock Woods - Image 442796 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-24-17

  Birds and Blossoms Due to having too many things to do and too little time to get it all done, today’s posting will feature a handful of images shot when the opportunities presented themselves. There really is nothing tying the images together, other than they were all possible due to the time of the …

Greek Valerian (Jacob's Ladder) at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 437478 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-5-17

  Seen at Ingawanis Woodlands During this near perfect (weather-wise) day, I spent some time at Ingawanis Woodlands. Even though many early spring wildflowers have bloomed and are no longer showy, the later spring flowers are now beginning to display their beautiful blossoms. As you might expect, I shot some photos today, including a few …

Miterwort at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 435358 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-28-17

  Before the Rain As I have done several times over the past few weeks, today I enjoyed another hike at the Ingawanis Woodlands. For this hike t I had two goals I wanted to accomplish. Goal #1 was to find and photograph a nodding trillium in bloom. I have been watching many trillium plants …

Virginia Bluebells at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434755 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-25-17

  Anemones, Violets, and More Wildflower Species Shortly after sunrise and before our sky clouded over today I went for a wildflower bike ride. Ingawanis Woodlands was the location for my jaunt and the setting was so very pretty. Wildflowers were everywhere, so much so that nearly each step off the trail put you on …

Fungi - Image 273607

Kip’s Comments 8-18-14

I Believe There Are Fungus Among Us As I was walking from my truck to the house this afternoon, I heard a calm male voice calling my name…”Kip…    Kip…”  I looked around and after searching a bit realized I was hearing my neighbor Duane. He had noticed a pair of unusual shaped fungi in …

Trout Lily; Dogtooth Violet - Image 252763

Kip’s Comments 5-4-14

  A Pit Stop When I woke today and discussed plans with Hannah, I learned that I would be making a very quick trip south to help her get home after a week with us. During my drive back north, I stopped at Hickory Hills Park to look for wildflowers and birds. Just as the …