Kip’s Comments 11-28-20

Full Moon Paddle - Image 0611 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Last Full Moon Paddle for 2020?

Due to the weather forecast I had to make an executive decision this afternoon regarding my monthly “Full Moon Paddle” – a time when I paddle on the Wapsipinicon River under the light of a full moon. A sheet of ice covered the much of the river this morning and the weather prediction calls for much colder temperatures from here on out, along with very strong winds. If I was going to safely complete a full moon paddle for November, it was tonight or never, even though it would technically be a day or so early.

So, paddle tonight under the light of a full moon is what I did. I paddled my normal “Full Moon Paddle” route, but had to turn around due to sheet ice that did not melt today, even though the afternoon was pleasantly warm. (Another strong hint that my days of paddling are nearly over for this year.)     

The November full moon is called the “Beaver Moon” since beavers traditionally are very active building their dams and preparing for winter under a November full moon. Beavers on the Wapsie held true to the name of this month’s moon as two of them loudly slapped the water with their tails as I approached. I never saw them due to darkness. Their tail slap certainly captured my attention since they were so close!   

This picture shows the view from my canoe seat during a Full Moon paddle.   

Full Moon Paddle - Image 0611 (© Kip Ladage)

Full Moon Paddle – Image 0611 (© Kip Ladage)

     

After I completed my paddling for the evening I dabbled a bit more in night imaging.

Full Moon Light Image Along Wapsipinicon River - Image 662647 (© Kip Ladage)

Full Moon Light Image Along Wapsipinicon River – Image 662647 (© Kip Ladage)

   

Earlier in the day, when I had to break ice to paddle, I found a crawdad nearing the end of its life. Much of its tail was missing for some unknown reason. The crawdad was still able to lift a pincher, but otherwise was very slow. I am sure the cold water contributed some to the lethargy.

Crawdad in Hand - Image 662542 (© Kip Ladage)

Crawdad in Hand – Image 662542 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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