Nodding Trillium Blossom - Image 745580 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-23-22

  Three-part Challenge During my outdoor therapy session today I had three goals in mind. To realize complete success I needed to find a photogenic bird species, a nodding trillium blossom in a pleasing setting, and edible fungus for fine dining.        The image shared below is proof that I found a nice …

American Redstart - Image 745185 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-22-22

  Warbler (and more) Weekend What a great weekend to see warblers and other small woodland birds. Each day I watched a variety of species, including today. In fact, this morning I was ready to go as the birds of the timber woke and began to feed. Apparently they wake hungry because the feeding frenzy …

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - Image 744881 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-21-22

  In the Timber Our travels today took us to three counties where flora and fauna were enjoyed, as well as time with family and friends. Today’s post will feature one of the most active, one of the smaller, one of the more vocal, and one of the more elusive of the woodland birds – …

Male Indigo Bunting - Image 744222 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-20-22

  So Much Color For a short time this morning, between raindrops, I watched so much color flitting around in the trees. Yellow was the color of a common yellowthroat while a vivid blue was the color of a male indigo bunting. This fellow flew around and called to his heart’s content. Even though I …

Chipping Sparrow - Image 743664 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-19-22

  Sitting Pretty Yesterday I observed and photographed my first vesper sparrow. Today, while watching for it (and seeing it), I had a chipping sparrow pose in a nearly perfect setting. The lighting was nice, the pose appropriate, and the background was pleasant. So, even though this is a common bird, it still deserved a …

Vesper Sparrow - Image 743488 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-18-22

  Yet Another Life Bird For Me After the number of years I have been shooting pictures, it is not often that I see and photograph a species I have not seen before. Such was the case this morning when I stepped out the door shortly after dawn. Before I saw the bird I heard …

Norway Spruce Cone - Image 742723 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-17-22

  New Conifer Growth During a lull in the drips today I wandered the ponderosa to check the status of some old and newer trees. My impromptu assessment was all positive. The younger trees are showing plenty of growth and cones are being formed on the legacy trees.    In my many years of walking …

Golden Oysters - Image 742577 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-16-22

  In One Week… Wow, the transformation of my favorite timber was dramatic in the timespan of one week. On my hike last week I was enjoying the forest floor covered in early spring wildflowers. I left for training for one week, checked the woods again today, and the transformation to late spring wildflowers is …

Lunar Eclipse - Image 742002 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-15-22

  Full Moon Paddle With Eclipse Tonight we are experiencing another lunar eclipse. Several times in the past I have recorded them in timed sequence to make an interesting composite image. That won’t be happening tonight. Instead, I did my May 2022 Full Moon Paddle by lunar-eclipse moonlight.    The change in moon lighting did …

Least Bittern - Image 741258 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-14-22

  What a Pleasant Surprise After more than a week of not paddling on Sweet Marsh, I put a kayak on the water very early this morning in hopes of seeing something special…perhaps soras or a Virginia rail at close distance again. During my time on the water I struck out on the rails. Sometimes …