Autumn Sunrise on Indian Pond - Image 714053 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-22-21

  A Sunrise to Appreciate Today’s agenda included another trip to Rochester, Minnesota for several hours. Knowing much of the day would be used for traveling and appointments, and knowing the night was cold and the Wapsipinicon River (and other bodies of water) were still warm – at least warmer than air temperatures – meant …

Dead Red Fox - Image 714016 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-21-21

  So Sad…We Tried To Miss It Since my last post Kristy and I experienced a very disappointing incident with wildlife. A couple of hours after dropping off an injured bald eagle at a wildlife rehabilitator, we were traveling outside of Frederika well after dark. It was the time of the evening when the wind …

Injured Bald Eagle - Image 713950 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-20-21

  Ouch…This Might Not Be Good Today I was contacted to assist with the rescue of a bald eagle found in a picked soybean field. Not far away was a dead ‘possum along the edge of a hard-surface road. Our best guess is the eagle was feeding on the carrion and took flight too late …

Moine Creek at Brush Creek Canyon State Preserve - Image 713747 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-19-21

  Low Water Flow With the threat of cold, rainy, and windy weather looming over the next few days, I spent time this morning on a hike at Brush Creek Canyon State Preserve near Arlington. When I reached Moine Creek on the backside of the preserve, I was surprised to find such low water levels …

Selfie on Moonlight Paddle - Image 713300 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-18-21

  Acting Now Before the Weather Changes My friends at the National Weather Service (really, they are friends) are forecasting clouds and rain on Wednesday and Thursday. Knowing the full moon for October will likely arrive obscured behind clouds, I opted to do a “near full moon paddle” tonight. Conditions on the water were dark …

Wild Geranium in Autumn - Image 713279 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-17-21

  Confused Wildflower According to the calendar we are in the back half of October on the fast track toward cold and snow. The weather sure doesn’t seem like we are so late in the year. In fact, outdoor conditions seem almost spring-like. We have cool mornings and days that warm to the point of …

Wild Turkey in Tree - Image 713218 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-16-21

  Just in Case Camera Settings Modern DSLR cameras are as much computers with lenses as they are cameras. As such, their technology allows for much to be done if the operator is prepared. For that reason I have my cameras set so normally they shoot crisp, clear pictures with little noise. But, on those …

Campfire - Image 712455 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-15-21

  Final Camping for 2021? Kristy and I took a chance this weekend with one more camping trip with friends for the 2021 season. The question we ask is…”Will this be our final outing for the year?” We are hoping the answer is “no” but accept that this could very well be it for the …

Wapsipinicon River at Alcock Park - Image 712326 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-14-21

  Looking Down (stream) This morning before work I checked on the view at the dam at Alcock Park in Frederika. With the sun not very high in the sky and almost in the wrong direction, the scene did not impress me. I recorded a few images since I was there, but was not thrilled …

Paddling the Wapsipinicon River - Image 712291 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-13-21

  Visual Results of Audio Tests Tonight after the wind settled down I went out on the Wapsipinicon River to conduct audio tests with my external mic for my GoPro camera. (The audio capabilities are quite poor with the internal mic when I am behind the camera.) If I could share the results of the …