Snowy Owl Decoration - Image 666043 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-6-21

  Planting Seeds Each of our grandchildren have shown an interest in Grandpa’s wildlife “stuff” in his office. From artwork to maps, a retired walking stick to bird decorations – each child has been fascinated by the outdoor reminders. This past weekend one of our grandsons liked the way our snowy owl decoration (3 owls …

Adult Bald Eagle in Conifer - Image 660022 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-5-21

  She Couldn’t See It While traveling back from Rochester, Minnesota with a family member today… a family member I have made many trips North with and they know we watch for wildlife… I noticed this bald eagle high in a tree. I said nothing as I promptly slowed the car to prepare to make …

Bald Eagle in Tree in Frost - Image 666005 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-4-21

  Not A Young One, Not Quite Mature Standing guard over the river today was this bald eagle. According to what I could find on a quick search, the bald eagle should be about 3 1/2 years old. Age determination is based on the coloration of the head. Once the head is fully white, the …

Rime Ice and Hoarfrost - Image 665722 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-3-21

  Rime Ice and Hoarfrost along with the Possible Quote of the Year Mother Nature treated us to a beautiful day in the outdoor world. Rime ice and hoarfrost clung to every surface turning the ordinary into extraordinary until mid-afternoon. Even as the sun began to set today, some treetops still had frost on them.  …

Goose Rescue Team (there were more involved) - Image 0638r (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-2-21

  Canada Goose Rescue – We Tried! Early this morning I received a call from an officer reporting a Canada goose that appeared to be struggling to breathe due to a collar on its neck. The goose had to stretch its neck to attempt to breath. My officer friend and members of the public were …

New Year's Day Paddling 2021 - Image 665210 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-1-21

  New Year’s Day Paddling 2021 – Making Memories! The many layers of clothing are off, the kayaks and paddles are put away, and the memories of the New Year’s Day Paddle 2021 are already being enjoyed. We had 50-paddlers on and off the water today. Since our options for paddling were limited, we faced …

Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant Hiding in Snow - Image 665144 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-31-20

  Ineffective Hiding When your feather coloration is vivid and you stick out against white snow, it does not matter how hard you try, you just cannot hide. It was obvious this rooster pheasant was going to challenge his fate by attempting to be unseen. That was not the case as shown by this photo. …

Wapsipinicon River at Night in Winter - Image 665130 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-30-20

  On the River With a Paddle, But Only Hard Water Every 30-days or so I have been doing my best to enjoy a full moon paddle on the Wapsipinicon River. Last night, during the actual full moon, I opted to delay my attempt due to the winter storm that was in progress. So, with …

Heavy Snowfall at Sweet Marsh - Image 665093 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-29-20

  Selective Soft Focus for a Friend I have a friend who is not entirely thrilled with soft focus images – at least not if they appear to be more of an accidental effect to an otherwise generic image. Since he expressed his thoughts about soft focus, I tend to think our conversation when opportunities …

Trumpeter Swan in Flight - Image 665064 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-28-20

  Special Moments This afternoon I had only a few minutes to make a pass through Sweet Marsh before heading home to get ready for an EMS meeting. A person never knows what to expect at Sweet Marsh and there are days when I strike out. Then there are times like today.        …