Adult Spider with Egg Sac - Image 519211 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-16-18

  Images for Most Today was one of those days when I was able to shoot both scenic and wildlife images. I am hopeful the scenic images are not threatening to any viewers. Both were shot during this morning’s fog, well before the sun had risen.    Foggy Wapsipinicon River:        Some folks …

White Feathers Floating on the Wapsipinicon River - Image 519147 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-15-18

  Change Sometimes circumstances in life create more questions than answers. Unfortunately, multiple situations can pile up and hit at the same time. During those times I seek solace in the quiet of the outdoors. With quiet comes calming and occasionally a sorting of thoughts. One in a while it takes more time outdoors to …

Sunflower and Fog - Image 519070 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-14-18

  Taking Care of The Mommas Every now and then it is time to take care of issues with the Moms – (Mom and Mom-in-Law). Today and tonight the call was for both…don’t worry, there was nothing serious. By the time my tasks were complete, the sun was setting and I was ready to settle …

Northern Pike that Jumped into my Kayak - Image 516826 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-10-18 through 8-13-18

  Catching Up Wow, what a busy schedule the past few days have had…camping, work, and visiting others. There wasn’t even time to update my site until now.      We enjoyed a shorter than normal camping trip this weekend to Wilder Park, near Allison. Since we were in Butler County, we spent Saturday paddling …

Kayaking the Wapsipinicon River - Image 516543 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-9-18

  Enjoying the Wapsipinicon River Work, mow, work, mow, paddle my kayak…that was the extent of my day today. Of the activities listed, paddling was obviously the most enjoyable even though my wildlife sightings were few. I am going to share some images recorded today, but what I may remember most was something I did …

Dew-covered Spider Web With Spider - Image 516503 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-8-18

  Beauty in a Muted Landscape Heavy fog blanketed our portion of God’s green earth this morning. While driving in the fog was challenging at best, on a closer scale the landscape was pretty in many ways. Fog and heavy dew are indicative of calm conditions. Such conditions render most insects immobile until the sun …

Sunflower Against a Cloudy Sky - Image 516228 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-7-18

  In a Little Area Once again I had virtually no time to shoot pictures today, except for a precious few seconds when pretty or interesting subjects caught my attention. All three images shared below were recorded within a half-mile of each other. I saw each, stopped to shoot, moved on, and repeated two times. …

Whitetail Deer in Brush (Fawn) - Image 516210 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-6-18

  Little Time for Shooting Today was one of those days when photography was not happening very often. Work started early and ran late. I had just two quick opportunities to see wildlife in positions affording picture making, but neither were anything special. So, with regrets for the image quality, I will share one of …

Compass Plant Against Sky - Image 516142 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-5-18

  Roadside Treats Thanks to the Iowa Department of Transportation Alert motorists traveling on Highway 63 in Bremer County are enjoying numerous visual treats now and for some time yet. Beautiful wildflowers are blooming along the sides of the road and in the median. Of special interest to me are the compass plants in the …

Hammock Between Birch Trees - Image 516050 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-4-18

  I Might Have to Take a Nap For some time I have been considering replacing my backcountry tent with my hammock for trips. I’ve done some research on the idea and have talked to a number of folks who have made the switch. I’ve also talked to some who gave it a try and …