Green Heron in Tree - Image 650376 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-5-20

  Persistence Over the past two or three weeks I have seen at least three green herons working along the Wapsipinicon River. Whether or not they nested here this year I do not know. What I can tell you is the birds seem to be very camera shy and have been challenging me to shoot …

Two Painted Turtles on Log - Image 648565 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-27-20

  More Learning Tonight As I moved quietly down the Wapsipinicon River tonight, i noticed a pair of painted turtles enjoying the warm evening not far from each other on a log hanging over the water. Knowing the turtles saw me before I spotted them, the best I could do was a slow, quiet drift …

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 …

Black-crowned Night-Heron - Image 429172 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-9-17

  Worth The Effort and A Great Marsh Migration Outing The relentless wind that has been pounding us from the south has brought outdoor temperatures up, but has caused some problems at Sweet Marsh, at least for some of us. Many people do not realize that many of the cattails at Sweet Marsh are not …

Possum Avenue Prairie and Rain Clouds (Blossom with Bumblebee) - Image 338692

Kip’s Comments 9-18-15

  Results of a “Nature Fix” After a week of long days at work and meetings during the evenings, I had time off today. I used the opportunity to indulge myself in a “nature fix” before the rain began. The outing was much appreciated and while no images of special merit were captured, I did …