Fall Color

Fall Color

Oct 22, 2013

Mention the words ‘fall color’ and most people will immediately think of the red, orange, and yellow hues of an autumn woodland.  But there is another brand of fall color that, although a bit more difficult to observe, is no less spectacular in its brilliance.  But be forewarned.  If you wish to view this unique and regal beauty for yourself, there is no...

Ink Cap Mushrooms

Ink Cap Mushrooms

Oct 19, 2013

Familiar and seasonably abundant, the ink cap mushroom is hard to mistake for anything else.  Also known as the shaggy ink cap or shaggy mane, the ink caps are one of the very  last fungi to emerge each year.  In Northern Iowa, we’ve  had the season’s first hard frosts during the past week.  In spite of the cool down,  shaggy manes continue to...

Duck Opener #2

Duck Opener #2

Oct 14, 2013

  The second segment of this year’s Duck Season began Saturday, October 12.  It’s something we always look forward to although during most years, the Second Duck Openers are nothing to brag about.  As a  rule,the season restart occurs during something of a void.  Early ducks have left the country and northern migrants have yet to arrive. ...

Avocets at Ventura Marsh

Avocets at Ventura Marsh

Oct 11, 2013

One of the things I love most about the fascinating sport of waterfowl hunting is that once the decoys have been tossed out, you never know what “incidentals” the day may bring.  Each new sunrise seems to provide its own unique adventure.     This week, I was treated to the sight of some unusual feathered travelers when a group of American...

Goose Hunts Are Like Snowflakes

Goose Hunts Are Like Snowflakes

Oct 10, 2013

Yesterday’s clear skies, cool temps and ripping NW winds put migratory birds on the move.  The airways over North Iowa were busy as everything from shorebirds to hawks to warblers made their way southward.  When the winds suddenly switched to the south, I hoped newly arriving geese would take a migration break and provide some future hunting...