Softshell Turtle - Image 641761 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-3-20

  ID Challenge Of all of the wildlife that I try to identify, dragonflies and damselflies might present the greatest challenge. If all that I saw and photographed were adult males, especially dragonflies, then the process would be easy. When the pictures or observations include females or juveniles, the process becomes very challenging. I frequently …

Softshell Turtle on Cedar River - Image 587290 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-10-19

  Communicating My Feelings As the Cedar River winds through Northeast Iowa, including along the western edge of Bremer County, it seems as though the beautiful river resembles a good looking dog that is restrained by a painful buckle collar. The correlation is this… when the river (or a dog) is behaving, all is well …

Young River Otters Along the Cedar River - Image 572941 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-12-19

  Enjoying the Cedar River An organized, disorganized event on the Cedar River today caused me to spend several hours on the river. As I slowly moved up and down the river, I was treated to many interesting glimpses of life on a very beautiful river. By moving at a slow speed, the number of …

Painted Turtle - Image 456801 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-18-17

  Flora and Fauna Along the Wapsipinicon River While mowing the lawn at the cabin I saw something I had not seen for some time – an adult Graham’s crayfish snake. This may be the second or third year that I had not seen a crayfish snake and that has been disappointing. Graham’s crayfish snakes …

Cedar Waxwing - Image 332469

Kip’s Comments 7-31-15

  Continuous Quality Improvement In my EMS activities we commit to continuous quality improvement. In other words, with each EMS response we learn what worked well, where changes can be made, and what is needed to make the next call better. The process, while sometimes cumbersome, is effective. I try to do the same with …

Whitetail Deer Fawn - Image 329207

Kip’s Comments 7-11-15

  An Off-ramp Update and Urban Deer Hunting with a Nikon A few weeks ago I shared a collection of images recorded at the off ramp of Highway 27 and Lone Tree road. The assortment of spring wildflowers blooming in the small area was impressive. Today my buddy Jordan and I road our bikes from …

Great Blue Heron - Image 278123

Kip’s Comments 8-30-14

  Might Hand-feeding Be The Next Step In Our Relationship? During the summer for many years I have photographed great blue herons near our cabin. With frequent interactions you begin to recognize personality traits of individual birds. This year we have many herons, but two in particular that work the area around Indian Pond. The …

Softshell Turtle - Image 266108

Kip’s Comments 6-20-14

  Flooding in Cabin Land What a week we have had, weather-wise. First we have strong straight line winds, tornadoes, thunder and lightning, and then we have torrential rains. While some are cleaning up wind-blown debris, others are dealing with flooding. The high water is impacting us personally at our cabin. We won’t be getting …

Softshell Turtle - Image 265752

Kip’s Comments 6-18-14

  Teamwork Produces Results The images featured in today’s posting would not have been possible without a team effort. One of my buddies – Coach Jason “Leatherback Turtle Catcher Extraordinaire” found this lovely softshell turtle near the ball diamonds adjacent to the Cedar River. I shot some photos of the animal and it was then …

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 – …