American Lotus at Sweet Marsh - Image 455566 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-16-17

  Assumptions  Nearly everything we do in life is based on assumptions. We leave for our destinations at certain times based on the assumption that our vehicles will start or we won’t have a flat tire. We plan activities assuming we will be available and will have this necessary tool or toy. Life is one …

Sweet Marsh Temporary Dike Repair - Image 455558 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-15-17

  Sweet Marsh Progress Report Back in July raging flood waters broke through the dike/levee between Segment B (Marten’s Lake) and Segment A at Sweet Marsh. Intense scouring resulted in a 40′ x 60′ section of the dike being washed away with Marten’s Lake being drained. Officials from local, state, and federal agencies have been …

Northern Water Snake - Image 455492 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-14-17

  Making Snakes…Nope, Just Spooning For a little more than an hour I paddled my canoe on the Wapsipinicon River tonight. I had no fishing tackle with me, just my camera and a desire to enjoy the river.         I paddled upstream to a quiet backwater cove that often hosts a great …

Sunset on Wapsipinicon River - Image 454956 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-13-17

  A Proud Grandpa! I don’t do this very often due to privacy concerns, but I thought it was time once again to show off our grandkids. We were together to celebrate a special second birthday. I have a hunch our gatherings are about to get noisier, busier, and even more fun. Each child has …

Great Blue Heron - Image 454645 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-12-17

  Back To Basics Due to circumstances beyond my control, a number of life situations trumped getting out and doing any serious nature photography over the past few weeks. That happens every now and then, so I just get back into the swing of things when it possible. Early this morning I had some time …

Logan Driving the Boat During "Pizza and Pontoon Night" - Image 454432 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-11-17

  “Pizza and Pontoon Night” and Lumps in Their Throats Every now and then, maybe once a year (or maybe there is more time in between) this grandpa coordinates something I call “Pizza and Pontoon Night.” After work I pull our pontoon boat to an area lake where Kristy, Zach, Nikki, Emerson, and Logan meet …

Tripoli at Dusk - Image 454419 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-10-17

  Good Night Little Town Sometimes, actually often, there are not enough hours in the day to get things done. Such was the case today. After a productive meeting that took much of the day, then a couple of other tasks that were important to complete, this guy finally finished up around dusk. As I …

Yellow Rose - Image 454398 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-9-17

  Beauty – Flaws and All Today was a day of very little photography, but the alternative activity was worth giving up photos.     I have a close relative battling cancer. Back in January I found her near death and with a lot of help from the Good Lord and medical teams here on …

Bullhead - Image 454314 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-8-17

  Doing What This Grandpa Should Do Some of my first introductions to the outdoor world occurred while doing activities with my granddad. We used to get up early and fish from his 10′ or 12′ flat-bottom boat with a 3hp Johnson outboard motor pushing us around Gorman Lake. Our mornings began with trolling along …

Eastern Kingbird - Image 454222 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-7-17

  Royalty is Visiting True confession time…I have done a terrible job of keeping my bird feeders filled this summer. Normally I feed year-round, but this year it did not happen. I should have only a few birds visiting the yard but that does not seem to be the case. If anything, I continue to …