Fleabane - Image 583439 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-21-19

  Quiet is Good Finally, after much too long, I had a quiet evening where other than a couple of phone calls and a text message I had nothing to do that was associated with work. I took advantage of the time to exercise on the Sweet Water Trail outside of Tripoli. As I moved …

Canoe and Boat Near Dock - Image 583427 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-20-19

  Wisdom From My Neighbor Alan I was preparing to paddle away from my dock tonight when my neighbor Alan approached. His words were “Isn’t it a beautiful night tonight!” and it was a very pleasant evening. There was virtually no wind, little noise other than the sound of cicadas, crickets, and an occasional bird …

Evinrude Boat Motor Moving Boat - Image 583336 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-19-19

  Frustrations and Thrills With My Little Motor on My Beater Boat Ask just about any outboard motor owner how they feel about their boat and motor and most of them will tell you when they work, life is great. When an outboard motor isn’t working, the frustrations are huge and a strong urge to …

Parasitic Plants on Log - Image 583123 (©Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-18-19

  The Continuing Saga of a Failing Fisherman Is it time for me to sell off all of my fishing tackle? I have many tackle boxes full of plastic worms, lures, and jigs. Hanging around are plenty of fishing rods and reels with depth finders and ice huts nearby. Yet, no matter how hard I …

Sucker Fish - Image 582956 (©Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-17-19

  It’s A Wild, Wild World For a four-year old boy who has been spending the weekend with Grandpa and Grandma at their cabin, the world along the Wapsipinicon River is a wild, wild place. Exciting adventures exist every time Grandpa has another idea. Whether we go for boat rides and hit waves, go fishing …

Buttonbush - Image 582671 (©Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-16-19

  Photos From a Big Woods Lake Safari My plan for the morning was to fish Big Woods Lake and figure out how to catch crappie that I have read about coming from the lake. My kayak was decked out with my fishfinder, tackle, my favorite rod and reel, bait, and camera gear. On the …

Old Fish Graffiti on Bridge Pier - Image 582598 (©Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-15-19

  In A Field of Clover (and elsewhere) In a small field of clover partially surround by corn, partially surrounded by mowed grass, I found many – as in possibly hundreds – of butterflies flitting about from one clover blossom to another. Their delicate action was so inviting that I spent minutes photographing a few …

Bullfrog in Hand - Image 582392 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-14-19

  Three Stories While driving down a blacktop road today movement in the opposite lane caught my attention. As I slowed to see what was thrashing around, I realized I was seeing a large bullfrog belly-up on the road with all four frog legs doing what could be done, without success, to flip itself over. …

American Lotus at Sweet Marsh - Image 582194 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-13-19

  Back in the Saddle Several weeks have passed since I was paddling at Sweet Marsh to photograph American lotus plants and was caught in extremely strong winds from storms a county away. We had no rain, no thunder, and no lightning, just wind gusts that came without warning. My kayak never tipped over since …

Purple Prairie Clover - Image 582042 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-12-19

  A Nice Rain the  Minimized Outdoor Photography We have been waiting for some steady, light rain that can soak into the ground, refresh lawns and vegetation, and bring things back to life. Today we were wet… thanks to nice, gentle rain. Under such conditions I don’t take my gear out. That meant I shot …