Combine Demo Derby - 1059 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-28-21

  Good People Today was a very long day, but a day filled with good people and good people doing good things. First we had RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa) that passed through Janesville. Team planning resulted in a smooth operation as 16,000-20,000 bicyclists passed through the community. From city officials to …

Lightning - Image 701446 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-27-21

  Why So Difficult Why is photographing lightning, with any degree of quality so difficult? Could it be that the photographer must align lightning with an acceptable foreground and background, achieve focus, guess exposure on varying scenes, and have the shutter open at the exact split second in time when the lightning bolt is visible? …

Prairie Blazing Star - Image 701428 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-26-21

  Invasive Photo Bomber Each year it seems like our Japanese beetle invasion is getting worse. My trees, our roses, even wild milkweed – nothing green seems to be avoided by Japanese beetles. The bad news with them is they can quickly decimate the foliage where they are eating. The good news is the damage …

Purple Coneflower - Image 701286 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-23 through 7-25-21

  A Mix of Images Over the Past Three Days Kristy and I spent the past days camping with family and friends. We were busy from early in the morning through late at night, but not much of the activities involved a Nikon. Still, I did manage to shoot a few pictures of interest.  This …

Whitetail Deer in Fog - Image 700782 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-22-21

  Wise Up or Else Early this morning, before the “dog days of summer” sun rose too high, I conducted a quick assessment of the status of the Wapsipinicon River and Sweet Marsh. Fog hung heavy in the air with a smell of corn and a stagnant aroma. Combined with the haze from wildfires thousands …

White Birch Trees in Fog - Image 700609 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-21-21

  The Cure is Worse than the Disease Today was one of those days we all have, sooner or later. Uncertainty fills the hours as we drive north toward Rochester. What will be done? Will we or won’t we receive treatment? What follows…what is next…. please, no surprises.          As we traveled the road to Minnesota …

Norway Spruce Cone - Image 700590 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-20-21

  Becoming a Citizen Arborists Kristy and I are making decisions as we attempt to establish a much needed windbreak. Which trees grow fast? What type of soil conditions do we have and what is needed? Of the possible trees, how many are drought resistant? Which species are pest resistant? And are any native trees …

Dickcissel on Corn Tassel - Image 700554 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-19-21

  Avian Iowa What can better illustrate the blending of wild and Iowa than a dickcissel perched on a corn tassel shortly after sunrise? When I saw this warm, rising sun setting, I had to capture my version of “Avian Iowa” for an early July morning.  

Canoeing the Wapsipinicon River at Dusk - Image 700481 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-18-21

  Trade a Big Beaver for a Loon? While paddling my canoe tonight on the Wapsipinicon River my cousin sent me a picture of him on water near loons. Instantly I became curious about where he was and learned he and his wife were with friends at a cabin on a lake in Minnesota. As …

Adult Cedar Waxwing Feeding Young - Image 700232 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-17-21

  Help is on the Way Recently the City of Tripoli and Bremer County were honored with the titles of “Bird Friendly Community” and “Bird Friendly County.” The recognition is certainly warranted based on the high number of bird species documented and the excellent habitat that seems to draw so many avian species to the …