Tent at Night Along Wapsipinicon River - Image 646466 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-7-20

  Local Creativity Due to circumstances beyond my control, it does not appear as though I will able to get away too far this summer. The best possibility would be this fall, and that will be only if I am lucky.  Instead of becoming frustrated or terribly discouraged, I have chosen to do what I …

Obedient Plant - Image 646363 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-6-20

  Controlling the Drift Believe it or not, when I left home tonight to go paddling, most of my camera equipment remained in the house. Due to serious distractions as I was packing to leave, I completely forgot to make one last trip inside to grab my gear. So, I had to make due with …

Fat Tire Biking at Sweet Marsh - © Kip Ladage

Kip’s Comments 8-5-20

  Almost an Anniversary Five years ago on August 16 I fell with my fat tire bike while riding on the dikes at Sweet Marsh. As a result of the fall I suffered a traumatic brain injury, tore the connective tissue in my wrist (repaired with surgery), nearly put my teeth through my lip, laid …

Lesser Yellowlegs - Image 646292 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-4-20

  Birds on the Mudflats Since we seldom see rain anymore, our river levels have really dropped. Such conditions are not necessarily good or not necessarily bad (not referring to the impact on crops). High levels and low levels are part of the natural patterns we experience. I prefer low rivers over high flows.    …

Leatherflower Blossoms - Image 645905 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-3-20

  What I Was Supposed to Be Doing Do you ever have one of those days when “life” seems to pile on and you don’t have enough energy to crawl out from under the demands? Such was the case for me by the end of today. I had no spark, no drive, no nothing…it would …

Tent at Night Along Wapsipinicon River - Image 645618 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-1 and 8-2-20

  Long-awaited Tests During the dark, overnight hours these past couple of days I conducted two tests. Both tests have been on my mind for some time. I just needed the proper conditions to conduct them and during the dark hours this weekend they happened.    Test #1 – Night Photos Along the Wapsipinicon River …

American Lotus - Image 645095 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-31-20

  A Reunion This afternoon my brother from south came home after an extended stay away due to COVID-19. Since social distancing is a must, he and I – along with our nephew – shared time together paddling at Sweet Marsh. Our intent was to see if the American lotus were blooming (they were). While …

Possible Metamorphisis in Progress - Image 644984 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-30-20

  Three Unknowns It does not happen often, but tonight when I photographed small critters I did not know for sure what they were. Each of the three species stumped me, at least for now.      This creature might possibly be a metamorphosis in progress. The “thing” was moving on the bottom of a …

Legs Hanging Over Dock - Image 644912 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-29-20

  Indian Pond Safari As I pulled up to our cabin tonight I was met by my good neighbor who was calling his grandsons out to meet me. The four of them had something special to show me that they had found earlier in the day. We walked toward the river, me wondering what they …

White Birch Leaf Skeleton - Image 644880 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-28-20

  Beautiful Damage Is it possible to title today’s thoughts as I have? How can destruction be pretty? Generally speaking, the two words do not belong together. However, today I want to share with you a couple of images of white birch leaves that have been devoured of most everything other than the skeleton of …