Motor Mill Along the Turkey River - Image 653515 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-19-20

  At The Speed of a Leaf Today Kristy, Doris, Scott, Murphy, and I paddled our kayaks on the Turkey River from Elkader to Motor Mill. It has been decades since I last paddled the Turkey River, so the scenery was new to me. Unlike the Wapsipinicon River where I typically paddle, the stretch we …

Autumn Leaf on Wapsipinicon River - Image 653271 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-18-20

  One Day, Two Seasons We’re at that time of year when the day begins in one season (fall), almost reaches a previous season (summer), and ends back in fall. Days like this are enjoyable. Mornings have a chill, the afternoons are warm, and we end the day wearing jackets again. Our weather could stay …

Sunrise with Western Fire Smoke - Image 653132 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-17-20

  A Pretty Morning Drive Enjoying the Sun Even though the pink/red sunrises and sunsets have graced our landscape for the past few days, it was only this morning that I was able to enjoy one. The glowing orb was in the sky was interesting enough that I stopped for a photo. As I drove …

Milkweed Bugs on Milkweed Pod - Image 653096 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-16-20

  We Didn’t Learn This Stuff in School and a Lack of Social Distancing Sometimes in life I wonder why we were not taught “life skills” as we were growing up. I am not referring to skills needed to live alone, without adult support and supervision. My question involves the skills necessary when difficult decisions …

Great Horned Owl in Soccer Net - Image 653043 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-15-20

  A Heart-warming Wildlife Rescue Seldom do I respond to a call for assistance for “wildlife in need” where I am warmed in the soul, almost to the point of becoming teary-eyed. Let me explain.    Tonight our county dispatch center received a call from a caring reporting party advising of an owl caught in …

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Image 652998 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-14-20

  What I Wanted, What I Now Have Time for any nature photography was in very short supply today due to family and work commitments. In total I had maybe fifteen minutes to point my Nikon at something wild.      Knowing I just changed out the hummingbird feeder sugar water meant I could count …

Brown Snake - Image 651721 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-12 and 9-13-20

  Exploring New Water and Old Water Rain and drizzle or not, we went camping this weekend. It may be hard to believe, but we had a good time once the precipitation stopped falling.      Just as the drizzle was ending I put my kayak on the water. Instead of paddling my routine route …

Wood Ducks and Blue-winged Teal - Image 651588 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-11-20

  Moist Turkeys, Wood Ducks, and a Blue-winged Teal After nearly a week of steady rain, I can only imagine our wildlife is getting hungry. Maybe not though, perhaps the rain has not slowed their regular activities. Wildlife tends be much more tenacious than we mortal humans. I suppose my concern is based, in part, …

Birch Bark in Rain - Image 651418 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-10-20

  Reflections and Virtual Escape Today has been a tough day. This morning we laid to rest a friend of mine and to many. Bob was a vital part of our group of four men who have, for the past 18-20 years, been doing a Bible Study program. As the “senior” member of our group, …

Red-eyed Vireo - Image 651396 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-9-20

  A Life Bird For Me…Who Would Have Imagined Under These Conditions After days of cool temperatures and rain – really, rather miserable conditions – one of the last things I would have expected to see today was a “Life Bird.” (“Life Birds” are species you are seeing for the first time.) Apparently these birds …