Setting Sun on Ice - Image 717825 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-1-21

  The Best is in My Mind Now that the calendar has turned over to December it was time for me to go paddling again. By paddling today, I can now say that for another year I have paddled in every month. For most that feat is unimportant. For me it is a little important …

Canoeing the Wapsipinicon River - Image 717776 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-30-21

  Last Daylight Minutes of November 2021 If the weather is going to be almost balmy on the last day of November, what is a person who has a passion for paddling supposed to do? Well, go paddling of course!      Before paddling my canoe I watched a pair of pileated woodpeckers that were …

Owl Pellet - Image 717756

Kip’s Comments 11-29-21

  That May Have Hurt A few days ago, while looking for saw-whet owls, I came upon one tree with whitewash and a pocketful of owl pellets underneath on the ground. Owl pellets are the undigested material of previous meals (mice, moles, etc.) that owls catch and consume. Since the birds eat the animals intact, …

Red-shouldered Hawk - Image 717708 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-28-21

  Like Clockwork Birders and non-birders might be noticing the very visible bald eagle activity in the sky and near nest trees. For weeks I have been watching nests as they are enlarged or freshened up. For the same time I have seen numerous pairs flying together and on perch together. I suppose when referenced …

Red-tailed Hawk - Image 717688 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-27-21

  Ideas The season of snowy owls is upon us. What that means is those of us with a fondness for the uncommon avian visitors travel far and wide watching for the white and white/brown birds. Sometimes we find them on the ground. Other times we may see them on fence posts. Just as often …

White Bark Trees - Image 717633 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-26-21

  On the Day After For our family the day after Thanksgiving is one of traditions…really fun traditions. Even though we go through basically the same steps each day after Thanksgiving, every year it is fun and this year was exceptional.      Our tradition began early this year as we waited in line at …

Stars in Motion - Image 717484 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-25-21

  Options Happy Thanksgiving to All!        Thanksgiving 2021 was certainly a bit different for us. There was a special person missing at our meal with memories of her in our minds. We wish Marlene was still with us, but that was not a decision for us to make.      Since it …

Self Worth Sign - Image _1291 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-24-21

  Self Worth (Sorry, no wildlife images today.  Spent time with a family member.) Today in Rochester, Minnesota I saw the following sign. I agree. This applies to paid employment, volunteer work, and relationships.  

Northern Shrike - Image 717478 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-23-21

  Guidance or Dumb Luck? This afternoon I had to travel to a neighboring county to complete a task. For my return trip home I had the option of traveling the typical hard-surface routes I follow more times than not, or I could enjoy some gravel travel with the one caveat being I would be …

Rural Iowa Sunset - Image 717461 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-22-21

  Ever Unique Tonight’s beautiful sunset was a one-of-a-kind. The odds are astronomical that the clouds and the light, the foreground and the background, that all will ever line up exactly as they did for a split second this evening. Each day is like that. While days may be similar, there are still differences that …