Kip’s Comments 9-10-19

Softshell Turtle on Cedar River - Image 587290 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Communicating My Feelings

As the Cedar River winds through Northeast Iowa, including along the western edge of Bremer County, it seems as though the beautiful river resembles a good looking dog that is restrained by a painful buckle collar. The correlation is this… when the river (or a dog) is behaving, all is well and freedom is allowed. When the river (or a dog) challenges what we believe to be acceptable (as in flooding), the river then pays an extreme price. We see the river cutting away at the banks (our property) and our top priority becomes to protect what is ours. Some folks use natural looking rip rap to slow or stop the erosion brought on by high water. Others use whatever is available, such as waste concrete, to “protect” their river banks. Whether or not randomly dumped waste concrete accomplishes the goal is up for debate. I am sure it does some good. The challenge becomes how the dumping zone appears. Waste concrete, including pieces with yellow parking stripes visible, simply does not look good. (Old vehicles placed along the river bank do not look good either.) Please, if you have shoreline to protect, consider the aesthetics of dumping waste concrete along river banks. Please consider a more natural approach. Let’s work to protect shoreline, but not with a painfully ugly buckle collar.  Thank you! 

Waste Concrete Used as Rip Rap: 

Waste Concrete Along Cedar River - Image 587300 (© Kip Ladage)

Waste Concrete Along Cedar River – Image 587300 (© Kip Ladage)

   

While on the water I was fortunate to observe several species of wildlife. None were “new” observations for me, but each was appreciated as it made the outing a little bit nicer.     

Mallard on Cedar River: 

Mallard on Cedar River - Image 587226 (© Kip Ladage)

Mallard on Cedar River – Image 587226 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Mallard on Cedar River - Image 587261 (© Kip Ladage)

Mallard on Cedar River – Image 587261 (© Kip Ladage)

       

Adult Bald Eagle Along Cedar River:

Adult Bald Eagle Along Cedar River - Image 587197 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle Along Cedar River – Image 587197 (© Kip Ladage)

   

Spotted Sandpiper on Cedar River: 

Spotted Sandpiper on Cedar River - Image 587298 (© Kip Ladage)

Spotted Sandpiper on Cedar River – Image 587298 (© Kip Ladage)

   

Whitetail Deer Along Cedar River: 

Whitetail Deer Along Cedar River - Image 587316 (© Kip Ladage)

Whitetail Deer Along Cedar River – Image 587316 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Whitetail Deer Along Cedar River - Image 587338 (© Kip Ladage)

Whitetail Deer Along Cedar River – Image 587338 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Whitetail Deer Along Cedar River - Image 587373 (© Kip Ladage)

Whitetail Deer Along Cedar River – Image 587373 (© Kip Ladage)

     

Softshell Turtle on Cedar River: 

Softshell Turtle on Cedar River - Image 587290 (© Kip Ladage)

Softshell Turtle on Cedar River – Image 587290 (© Kip Ladage)

 

False Map Turtle on Cedar River: 

False Map Turtle on  Cedar River - Image 587217 (© Kip Ladage)

False Map Turtle on Cedar River – Image 587217 (© Kip Ladage)

   

Painted Turtle on Cedar River:

Painted Turtle on Cedar River - Image 587271 (© Kip Ladage)

Painted Turtle on Cedar River – Image 587271 (© Kip Ladage)

   

This morning Kristy found another gray tree frog outside our door. We like tree frogs!

Gray Tree Frog - Image 587186 (© Kip Ladage)

Gray Tree Frog – Image 587186 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Gray Tree Frog - Image 587192 (© Kip Ladage)

Gray Tree Frog – Image 587192 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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