Juvenile Bald Eagle in Flight - Image 420728 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-7-17

  A Fleeting Glimpse…Planning For The Worst As I type these words my head is nearly spinning from another very busy and productive day. By productive I am referring to having gotten a lot of work done at work (as it should be!). As for nature/outdoor photography – not so much. In fact, I shot …

Leucistic Pileated Woodpecker - Image 302992

Kip’s Comments 3-14-15

  Finally… I Have Pictures of the Leucistic Pileated Woodpecker!! After so many trips to Cedar Falls to shoot pictures of the leucistic pileated woodpecker, without success, that I have lost count, I finally recorded images of the very uncommon bird. A small group of us waited quite a bit of time tonight, actually thinking …

Bald Eagle - Image 292355

Kip’s Comments 12-30-14

  How Do They Do It? When temperatures drop below zero during the night and hardly rise during the day, how does wildlife survive? I can’t imagine what the nights must be like. While we are wondering, how does wildlife find food when everything is frozen to a rock-solid condition? I wonder how often critters …

Darrin Paddling the Cedar River in December - Image 292215

Kip’s Comments 12-28-14

  It Was Fun While It Lasted Who would have ever thought that we would have several weeks when we could paddle local rivers during December in Iowa! We did and I enjoyed it. From a foggy Sunday to cloudy days to even a few sunny days. It really was fun while it lasted. As …

Mallard - Image 291873v

Kip’s Comments 12-26-14

  Another Warm Day, More Time on the Water in December! Wow, I wish this warm December weather would continue for a few more months, but I know it won’t. After hearing this morning’s weather forecast, I thought I better enjoy the warm December conditions one more time, on the water, before typical winter weather …

Paddling the Cedar River in Fog - Image 290299

Kip’s Comments 12-14-14

  Voices in the Fog With each passing day our fog seems to be thicker. Instead of allowing the fog to keep me inside, this morning I invited my buddy Darrin to join me in paddling up the Cedar River – fog and all! As we paddled the river, our vision was limited to shadows …

Oak Tree in Fog - Image 290193bwb

Kip’s Comments 12-13-14

  We Are All Lucky, But Waverly Residents Are Really Lucky That I am able to type this and you are able to read this post is a good thing. You are alive, hopefully well, and doing much better than so many others. Some might say we are lucky. For that I am thankful and …

Hibiscus - Image 280350

Kip’s Comments 9-9-14

  Pushing the Envelope of Wild Try as I might, there are just some days when it is not possible to record an image of a truly wild species – flora or fauna. Such was the case today. Rain, dark clouds, and the need to drive to the south-central part of the state meant my …

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 …

Spider - Image 241175

Kip’s Comments 3-17-14

Winter is Over (Far Away and Up Close) It is official, winter is over! I saw and photographed my first turkey vulture of the year. Of all of the folklore indicators that winter is finished, the presence of turkey vultures seems to be the most accurate. Spring’s messenger was seen flying over Waverly. I apologize …