Kip’s Comments 6-7-18

Snapping Turtle With Large Fish On Wapsipinicon River - Image 508541 (© Kip Ladage)

 
Always Watching

I am often asked how I see some of the things I do. The answer to that question comes in two parts. Part 1 is that the Good Lord puts me in positions to see things. Part 2 is that I am always watching for something unusual or out of the ordinary.   

For example, today as I was paddling my canoe on the Wapsipinicon River I noticed a fish apparently swimming backwards while also being upside down. I recognized the position of the fish, the direction of travel, and their relationship to normal. Since I have been doing this for a long time, I knew right away I was seeing something different and grabbed my camera. It took a while, in fact it wasn’t until I was shooting pictures that I realized I was seeing a snapping turtle with a large fish in its mouth.   

Since this turtle did not leave the water to eat its breakfast, I was only able to photograph part of the turtle’s head holding the fish. 

Snapping Turtle Eating A Fish:       

Snapping Turtle With Large Fish On Wapsipinicon River - Image 508527 (© Kip Ladage)

Snapping Turtle With Large Fish On Wapsipinicon River – Image 508527 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Snapping Turtle With Large Fish On Wapsipinicon River - Image 508541 (© Kip Ladage)

Snapping Turtle With Large Fish On Wapsipinicon River – Image 508541 (© Kip Ladage)

 

While paddling I shot some photos of the effort.   

Canoeing on the Wapsipinicon River:         

Canoeing the Wapsipinicon River - Image 508382 (© Kip Ladage)

Canoeing the Wapsipinicon River – Image 508382 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Canoeing the Wapsipinicon River - Image 508398 (© Kip Ladage)

Canoeing the Wapsipinicon River – Image 508398 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Canoeing the Wapsipinicon River - Image 508431 (© Kip Ladage)

Canoeing the Wapsipinicon River – Image 508431 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Canoeing the Wapsipinicon River - Image 508477 (© Kip Ladage)

Canoeing the Wapsipinicon River – Image 508477 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Canoeing the Wapsipinicon River - Image 508479 (© Kip Ladage)

Canoeing the Wapsipinicon River – Image 508479 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Canoeing the Wapsipinicon River - Image 508482 (© Kip Ladage)

Canoeing the Wapsipinicon River – Image 508482 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Canoeing the Wapsipinicon River - Image 508499 (© Kip Ladage)

Canoeing the Wapsipinicon River – Image 508499 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Canoeing the Wapsipinicon River - Image 508513 (© Kip Ladage)

Canoeing the Wapsipinicon River – Image 508513 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Other interesting things seen along the Wapsie are shown below.   

Northern Water Snake in Branches:     

Northern Water Snake Along Wapsipinicon River - Image 508523 (© Kip Ladage)

Northern Water Snake Along Wapsipinicon River – Image 508523 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Bullfrog Along Wapsipinicon River:   

Bullfrog Along Wapsipinicon River - Image 508370 (© Kip Ladage)

Bullfrog Along Wapsipinicon River – Image 508370 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Bullfrog Along Wapsipinicon River - Image 508372 (© Kip Ladage)

Bullfrog Along Wapsipinicon River – Image 508372 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Bullfrog Along Wapsipinicon River - Image 508352 (© Kip Ladage)

Bullfrog Along Wapsipinicon River – Image 508352 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Bullfrog Along Wapsipinicon River - Image 508345 (© Kip Ladage)

Bullfrog Along Wapsipinicon River – Image 508345 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Thimbleweed Blossom:     

Thimbleweed Blossom - Image 508559 (© Kip Ladage)

Thimbleweed Blossom – Image 508559 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Destroyed Turtle Eggs:

Destroyed Turtle Eggs - Image 508598 (© Kip Ladage)

Destroyed Turtle Eggs – Image 508598 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Destroyed Turtle Eggs - Image 508569 (© Kip Ladage)

Destroyed Turtle Eggs – Image 508569 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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