Prothonotary Warbler - Image 762781 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-13-22

  Low Light, Moving Warbler, and Moving Canoe = High ISO After waiting, without success, for our heavy layer of clouds to burn off this evening, I finally headed out on the water under low light conditions. I must admit that I did not know if I would be paddling and shooting photos or just …

Full Moon Paddle August 11, 2022 - Image 762543 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-11-22

  Will I See It or Not? Tonight was the official full moon for August and the last super moon for 2022. Tonight was also a mostly cloudy night during the time the moon was rising. Being a paddler who has a self-imposed goal of paddling on or around the full moon each month other …

Corn, Soybeans, and Fog - Image 762347 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-10-22

  Rural Iowa Summer Sunrise Once again this morning we woke to a moderate blanket of fog in some areas of Northeast Iowa. Due to a training session scheduled for this morning, I was not able to paddle the river or hike a trail to record images of one of my favorite weather phenomenons. Instead …

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - Image 762027 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-9-22

  A Preview of Autumn When I woke this morning to light fog over the landscape, I knew I had to be on the water, even if only for a short while before going to work. So, paddling I went on the Wapsipinicon River. Much of my paddling was before that special time when the …

Dock at Dusk - Image 761995 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-8-22

  Becoming an Observer On an unusually pleasant early August evening – a night when the temperature, humidity, and wind were all low – a scene such as this was so inviting to me. A dock on quiet, calm water is an invitation to explore the unknown, even if I have paddled this stretch hundreds …

Life on a Prairie Coneflower - Image 761949 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-7-22

  Life on a Prairie Coneflower Blossom While roaming an extensive patch of prairie coneflowers today I noticed this one coneflower blossom in particular. On the center of the blossom were two hoverflies and one small caterpillar. Why this blossom hosted three insects while the others had none I cannot explain. I do know it …

Monarch Butterfly on Swamp Milkweed - Image 761827 (Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-6-22

  Sad That These Are Now Endangered Anyone with a number of years on them probably remembers summer days filled with monarch butterflies moving from flower to flower – at least if you lived in a rural area. Fast-forward to the current time when not only do we not see nearly as many monarchs, but …

Prothonotary Warbler - Image 761263 (Kip Ladage_

Kip’s Comments 8-5-22

  OK, What Happened? Every few days I have been paddling to an area where I photograph prothonotary warblers. Today took some looking, but I eventually found them. What I was not expecting was to find a young prothonotary warbler without tail feathers. The bird seemed to be able to move around just fine (including …

Helicopter Spraying Crops - Image 761105 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-4-22

  Mechanical Dragonfly Even though I have known for the past few days that sometime before the end of the upcoming weekend our field would be sprayed by helicopter, the sudden sounds of the blades chopping the air so close to the house got my attention. Once I knew what the noise was all about, …

Twelve-spotted Skimmer Dragonfly - Image 760874 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-3-22

  Messy Ditches During a brief period of time after work this afternoon I wandered the ponderosa to see what I could see. Noticeably absent were monarch butterflies, even though we have preserved as many milkweed plants as we could. The situation with the monarchs is so sad, but understandable. Without adequate habitat between their …