Indigo Bunting at Sweet Marsh - Image 573768 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-15-19

  It’s Not How Far A Person Goes, Just That They Go It would have been easy this morning for me to stay home, possibly in the house, so that I could avoid gnats, mosquitoes, and sweating. Instead I went to Sweet Marsh near Tripoli. My plan was to possibly paddle around Segment B (Marten’s …

Mock Orange Shrub Blossom - Image 573490 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-14-19

  Oh The Fragrance In a spot in our backyard, an area where I spend little time, we have a mock orange shrub growing. For fifty to fifty one weeks out of the year the shrub attracts little attention. But, for that one to two weeks in late spring when the fragrant aroma of the blossoms …

Barred Owl Along the Wapsipinicon River - Image 573262 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-13-19

  Joining Me on the Wapsipinicon River As I paddled my kayak tonight on the Wapsipinicon River, I thought I was alone.   If I refer only to humans, I had the river to myself except for Dan. Our paths crossed very briefly before I paddled into backwater where I thought I might have barred …

Young River Otters Along the Cedar River - Image 572941 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-12-19

  Enjoying the Cedar River An organized, disorganized event on the Cedar River today caused me to spend several hours on the river. As I slowly moved up and down the river, I was treated to many interesting glimpses of life on a very beautiful river. By moving at a slow speed, the number of …

Raccoon in Log - Image 572654 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-11-19

  A Very Interesting Day Due to a work-related exercise this evening, I had the morning free to do what I wanted, and I chose to go kayaking on the Wapsipinicon River. My first observation was how interesting the river valley looked, not because of fog, but due to dust from heavy trucks on the road …

Cinquefoil at Sweet Marsh - Image 572513 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-10-19

  Working the Light After a busy day of work I did not have much time for photography. To make the best use of my time I combined a ride to Sweet Marsh with my camera equipment and concentrated my efforts of a couple of wildflower species. Both species are common plants that tend to …

Young Bald Eagle in Nest- Image 572459 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-9-19

  Youngsters We are at that time of year when seeing youngsters of various species is much easier than seeing the parent animals. At fox dens the little ones – that aren’t so little anymore – can be observed with minimal effort. Soon they will be led off into the big wild world to fend …

Northern Pike in Hand - Image 572299 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-8-19

  Not Much For Pictures, Will Be Tasty I wish I could say that I caught this large northern pike today, but I did not. A young fellow who is a good angler and a good baseball player in addition to being an all-around good athlete caught this pike. Neither he nor his granddad wanted …

Softshell Turtle Along Cedar River - Image 572083 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-7-19

  A Turtle Question and A Little More Today I spent hours on the Cedar River in a boat. As I motored up and down the river, I noticed that there were many areas where multiple softshell turtles were out of the water sunning themselves. I never saw just one softshell turtle. There were always …