Canoeing at Sweet Marsh - Image 509216 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-17-18

  Reflections on Father’s Day Over the years I have been fortunate to celebrate a good number of Father’s Day holidays. Each is memorable for its own merit, but a couple really stand out.    Back in 1994 our family enjoyed a long vacation tent camping in the Great Smoky Mountains. On Father’s Day we …

Female Wood Duck with Young on Log - Image 509127 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-16-18

  Pay it Forward and Did Anyone Else See Her? I’ve heard about it and I’ve read about it, but until tonight I had not been the recipient of a “Pay it Forward” gesture. Let me tell you what happened.    As I was driving home from Cedar Falls, Kristy and I talked about how …

Hunter William - Image DSC_4448 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-15-18

  Grump Days 2018 Kristy, Hunter, and I went to Readlyn tonight to watch the coronation of Miss Readlyn and the naming of the Readlyn Grump for 2018. Congratulations to the new Readlyn Grump – Larry Ladage! (Note: He isn’t really a grump. The title is one of honor from the community.)    Readlyn Grump …

Orange Day Lily - Image 509052 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-13-18

  A Little Different Type of Wild Instead of pursuing actual wildlife today, we enjoyed hosting a cousins’ “wild outing” at the Sunrise Petting Zoo. The youngest showed no fear. Eventually, all of the kids were readily feeding the animals.      Cousins’ Trip to Sunrise Petting Zoo:                …

Flood of June 2018 - Image 508987 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-12-18

  Here We Go Again After a minimally inconvenient crest of the Wapsipinicon River a day or two ago, the water rose again today. This time it rose plenty more than it had been. We still are not in an emergency situation for property, except for crops and cropland. I shot some photos along the …

Canada Goose Goslings at Silver Lake Park - Image 508944 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-11-18

  Killing Time  A family member and I spent some time in Rochester, Minnesota today. Since medical tests and doctor consultations were hours apart, we spent time checking out area parks. We spent the most time at Silver Lake, a park known for its giant Canada goose population.    While I am a big fan …

Snapping Turtle - Image 508927 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-10-18

  Wildlife on an Anniversary Date Ten years ago today was the peak of the Flood of 2008 for Bremer County. Especially hard-hit was the City of Waverly. I found it ironic that on the anniversary date of our big flood I was again doing damage assessments after heavy rains over the past day or …

Eastern Kingbird on Fence - Image 508734 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-9-18

  Putting at Ease Recently there have been discussions about ticks on the Sweet Water Trail. I have heard reports of many seen at one time in the same spot. Today I was asked about it, so I went to the specific location to confirm (or not) what was present.  Hopefully to the relief of …

Adult Bald Eagle in Soybeans - Image 508613 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-8-18

  Whew…Nothing To Worry About When I see bald eagles, especially adult bald eagles, on the ground close to the road and not moving away when traffic is present, I begin to get concerned. Are they injured? Might the birds be suffering the effects of lead poisoning? Has something caught them and they cannot fly …

Snapping Turtle With Large Fish On Wapsipinicon River - Image 508541 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-7-18

  Always Watching I am often asked how I see some of the things I do. The answer to that question comes in two parts. Part 1 is that the Good Lord puts me in positions to see things. Part 2 is that I am always watching for something unusual or out of the ordinary.  …