Kip’s Comments 11-26-20

Bald Eagle in Tree Along Wapsipinicon River - Image 662020 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Thanksgiving 2020 – Social Distancing Style

Happy Thanksgiving to All!

Due to the virus we opted to social distance for this holiday. Some did not agree with our decision, but it was a choice we made based on our concerns. We stayed away from people today and that resulted in a very unusual Thanksgiving Day.     

For me social distancing applies only to people. Social distancing does not mean I have to remain home, in the house, hour after hour. That will not be happening. I need my daily nature fix and today I enjoyed a good dose of the outdoors.     

I spent several hours canoeing and fishing on the Wapsipinicon River this morning and early afternoon. Late November doesn’t always allow for paddling, so when conditions are good (open water), I go. Today not only did I paddle, but I fished too. It took a few casts, but I did pull in one nice northern pike. Unlike the pike I caught a few days ago, this one did not get away or pull the stringer free. We will soon be breading and enjoying boneless northern pike fillets, possibly as soon as tomorrow. 

Northern Pike on Thanksgiving Day - Image 662114 (© Kip Ladage)

Northern Pike on Thanksgiving Day – Image 662114 (© Kip Ladage)

       

While drifting in my canoe and fishing I noticed an adult bald eagle watching me. Without making direct eye contact I watched it too. When I was close enough for photos I recorded a few images of the attentive bird.   

Bald Eagle in Tree Along Wapsipinicon River - Image 662020 (© Kip Ladage)

Bald Eagle in Tree Along Wapsipinicon River – Image 662020 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hopefully each of you had a good Thanksgiving Day. Even with a worldwide pandemic underway, that we are able to connect via the Internet means all is not bad. We still have plenty to be thankful for. A mindset of gratitude tends to be a happy mind!

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