Wet Autumn Leaf - Image 659680 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-20-20

  Better Than Minnesota! A family member and I spent hours in Minnesota again today. We arrived as the sun was rising over the eastern horizon, but we could hardly see any brightening due to clouds. We left Rochester in the rear view mirror with heavy gray clouds and snow falling. Thankfully it was not …

Hermit Thrush in Snow - Image 659665 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-19-20

  A Day of Photographic Thanks! Sometimes conditions work out and a person has to say “Thank you!” when you put your camera down. Such was the case this afternoon as snow was falling, coots were calling, and at least three hermit thrushes were moving around at Sweet Marsh.      My first thought for …

Various Blackbirds in Large Flock - Image 659588 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-18-20

  Questions at the Last Hours of My “End of the Season” Day Each year about this time – sometimes earlier and sometimes later – our cabin water service ends. Weather conditions dictate when I drain our water system and fill the plumbing traps with anti-freeze. With overnight temperatures expected to hit the upper 20’s …

Logan Taking Pictures at Alcock Park- Image 659432 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-17-20

  Turning A Find into a Treasure This past week my uncle contacted me about an old aluminum canoe that was in need of a new home or it was going to the scrap yard. Another aluminum canoe was something I did not need. Buying a canoe without seeing it in person was not something …

Great Blue Heron at George Wyth Lake - Image 659395 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-16-20

  No Pelican to be Found A couple of days ago I was asked if I knew about a white pelican that was not flying at George Wyth State Park. I had not heard of it, but was willing to check things out. Today Casey and I paddled to the last known location of the …

Hermit Thrush - Image 659391 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-15-20

  Not Alone For End of the Season Tasks With many regrets today was the official end of the 2020 camping season for us. After seeing the upcoming forecast, today was the day to winterize our camper. There will be no more camping in the camper for this year. If, by chance, we have an …

Canoeing the Wapsipinicon River in Wind - Image 659373 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-14-20

  On Second Thought… Six days without paddling makes this fellow antsy, so tonight I ventured out in my canoe. I knew going out that it was windy and the water would be rough, but I had no idea how much my lightweight canoe would be bounced around. I made it across Indian Pond and …

Mars - Image 659359 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-13-20

  Dabbling A Bit Every now and then curiosity strikes me about night sky photography. When it comes to astrophotography, I have only my daytime equipment. I have no star-tracker or powerful telescope. Still, I do have enough glass to play around a bit.      Tonight I shot a few photos of the planet …

Great Horned Owl Release - Image 659341 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-12-20

  Great Horned Owl Release After Rehab Back on September 15 a friend and I, along with a soccer coach, worked to rescue a great horned owl trapped in a soccer net. We invested considerable time working the owl out of the net with only one clip to the net being needed. After the three …

Night Sky at Yellow River State Forest - Image 659268 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-8 through 10-11

  Another Bucket List Item and More For longer than I can remember I have wanted to paddle on the Mississippi River in a kayak or canoe. River levels, or wind, a lack of time, or any of a myriad of other reasons have delayed my dipping a paddle in the “Mighty Mississippi River.” All …