Kip’s Comments 7-24-20

Cardinal Flower - Image 644641 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Senior Months on the Wildflower Calendar

The vegetation enhancing our landscape is very predictable. Like wildlife, wildflowers bloom on a regular schedule year after year. My understanding is their growing timetable is based initially on soil temperatures, moisture, and the photoperiod of daylight hours vs hours of darkness.   

As I was paddling on the Wapsipinicon this evening, I was reminded that our wildflower blooming calendar is progressing slowly to the end months. The tell-tale signs were the cardinal flowers blooming along the river bank. I don’t think there is an urgent need to prep your snowblowers, but we are moving toward that season quicker than it seems, at least for me. Learn more about plants and the photoperiod at this link: Photoperiod Information   

This was the plant that provided the reminder – the cardinal flower: 

Cardinal Flower - Image 644641 (© Kip Ladage)

Cardinal Flower – Image 644641 (© Kip Ladage)

     

My paddle journey was from our cabin upstream to the new bridge on Highway 63. Since I was paddling upstream and fishing at the same time (no fish caught – a couple chased my lure), the duration of the paddle was between one and two hours. For the return trip downstream – with slight current – the time was shorter. I also paddled hard on the return trip.   

As I paddled back I recorded a time warp video of the workout. View the interesting video by clicking on this link:   

Kayaking the Wapsipinicon River – Time Warp (video)  Best viewed in HD!!!

You will notice one spot in the video where my paddling was paused when I saw this northern water snake stretched out on a birch tree that had fallen into the river.   

Northern Water Snake:

Northern Water Snake - Image 644650 (© Kip Ladage)

Northern Water Snake – Image 644650 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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