Prairie Smoke (Grandfather's Whiskers) - Image 635340 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-22-20

  Split-seconds From Babcock Woods About this time each year, at least before the pandemic hit, I would guide students from the Waverly-Shell Rock Middle School around Babcock Woods to enjoy the natural world in springtime while also attempting to document some of it via photography. With schools being closed this year, our hikes did …

Blue-eyed Grass - Image 571370 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-1-19

  Favorite Tiny Wildflowers About this time of year during most years I take a few minutes to enjoy some not so common wildflowers. In fact, I don’t see these flowers anywhere other than where these photographs were made. I began by shooting pictures of prairie smoke (Grandfather’s whiskers) blossoms. Like most years I then …

Prairie Smoke (Grandfather's Whiskers) - Image 568185 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-17-19

  A Mix of Photo Subjects I never really know what each day will bring when it comes to photography. After beginning my self-assignment of shooting a picture each day more than ten years ago, without missing a day yet, I have learned that I don’t need to worry about the subjects i may find …

Yellow Star Grass - Image 442050 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-21-17

  Pretty Colors on a Dreary Day For a few minutes today, maybe a few more than a few, we enjoyed peaks of sunshine. Then clouds moved in, temperatures remained cool, and the gusty wind blew. It was a tough day to be outside relaxing. Since Kristy and I had several projects waiting for a …

Prairie Smoke (Grandfather's Whiskers) - Image 381287

Kip’s Comments 5-23-16

  Memory Makers  Each year about this time I spend a few minutes sprawled out in the grass and the bugs shooting pictures of “Prairie Smoke” plants. Some folks may know this plant as “Grandfather’s Whiskers.” Either name makes sense to me and I use both. As I watch the plants emerge and then mature, …

Golden Alexander - Image 324939

Kip’s Comments 6-4-15

  Don’t Worry About Me…I Am All Right Tonight I stopped to check which of Iowa’s wildflowers were blooming in a local ditch. As folks drove by, I heard them slow down. Hopefully nobody was concerned and recognized I was just fine and shooting pictures. Of the flowers blooming, I found yellow star grass to …

Prairie Smoke (Grandfather's Whiskers) and Setting Sun - Image 324638

Kip’s Comments 6-1-15

  Foregrounds and Backgrounds Strong images often have foregrounds and backgrounds that work together. They might provide scale, or color contrasts, or unusual juxtapositions of compositional elements. Watch as you look at popular photos or other artwork. You will see backgrounds and foregrounds used to make better images.     Occasionally I will see something …

Prairie Smoke; Grandfather's Whiskers - Image 263775

Kip’s Comments 6-11-14

  Wow…What Color! As I do often this time of year, I enjoyed a brief motorcycle ride to look for new flowers blooming or different compositions of plants that have been on display for a while. Most of the times I find something interesting; sometimes I find much that captures my attention. Today’s effort didn’t …

Prairie Smoke; Grandfather's Whiskers - Image 261252

Kip’s Comments 6-2-14

  I Owe Apologies Some of my friends have hinted I attract odd happenings… they refer to me as some sort of a magnet… that unusual things happen when I am around. Tonight I have to admit they are accurate and because of what happened, I owe some apologies. I was trying to kill two …

Softshell Turtle - Image 265752

A Picture A Day – June 2014

JUNE 2014 June 30, 2014 – Water-logged Sandhill Cranes: Sandhill Cranes – Image 267633   June 29, 2014 – Kristy’s Yellow Rose with Raindrops: Yellow Rose – Image 267350   June 28, 2014 – Probable Cooper’s Hawk Nestling: Probable Cooper’s Hawk Nestling – Image 267179   June 27, 2014 – Spreadwing Damselfly: Spreadwing Damselfly – …