• Kip’s Comments 6-5-20

      Whew Did That Stink and Still Does This morning I enjoyed a quiet day of paddling at Sweet Marsh. Winds were calm, the water was nearly smooth, and other than aquatic vegetation to work through, the process was nearly effortless. That was my kind of an “on the water” outing!          …

  • Kip’s Comments 6-4-20

      Extremes – Ornery and Gentle Due to what appeared to be impending threatening weather tonight, I went for a drive around Sweet Marsh (rather than paddling). Before I even traveled very far I found a snapping turtle crossing the road. This wasn’t the largest snapper I have ever seen, but it was big enough …

  • Kip’s Comments 6-3-20

      Saving A Life and Creating a Family Reunion While mowing a huge yard in the country today I had fuzzy company posing a hazard – not to me but to them. At least two little killdeer were darting around in the grass and on the nearby gravel road. I was able to avoid the …

  • Kip’s Comments 6-2-20

      Uncommon Species and Nature as Art Once again this year I have been blessed to know the location of a very uncommon plant in Iowa – the “Green Dragon.”  Green dragons bloom in specific habitats that might not be so difficult to maintain based on where these grow. The area I am watching has …