Horned Grebe in Non-breeding Plumage - Image 659825 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-24-20

  Value-added Learning Some of you may know that one of the responsibilities in my job is to assist with missing person searches. Over the years I have been a part of many search efforts – some with happy outcomes and some ending with sadness. During each response I learn something…maybe a new technique, perhaps …

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 …

Photographer in Kayak at Wyth Lake - Image 585367 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-1 and 9-2-18

  Sharing What I Know, For What It Is Worth Since he was seven-years old, the son of friends of ours has been doing things with me. We camp together, ride fat tire bikes together, paddle kayaks together, and spend time dabbling in photography together. As he is maturing, his determination has grown and his …

Black Saddlebag Dragonfly at Big Woods Prairie - Image 583903 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-24-19

  Dragonfly Eye A photo-shooting buddy and I enjoyed a pleasant walk in a dew-covered prairie shortly after sunrise today. We shot many photos, but the best opportunities were of a black saddlebag dragonfly. The dragonfly was covered in dew and unable to fly. Under those conditions, we were able to shoot many photos at …

Autumn Leaf on Water at Big Woods Lake - Image 583649 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-23-19

  What is Coming While paddling this morning I took notice of how many leaves had already dropped to the surface of Big Woods Lake. Seeing the various leaves floating effortlessly during the third week of August causes me to ask “How bad is it going to get?” “Will winter be early this year?”     …

Prairie Onion - Image 583549 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-22-19

  On The Prairie As the day wound down I enjoyed a quiet walk on a trail that led through a prairie planting that is a good number of years old. With age in its favor, quite a number of plant species can be found. Following are images of some of the plants that are …

Buttonbush - Image 582671 (©Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-16-19

  Photos From a Big Woods Lake Safari My plan for the morning was to fish Big Woods Lake and figure out how to catch crappie that I have read about coming from the lake. My kayak was decked out with my fishfinder, tackle, my favorite rod and reel, bait, and camera gear. On the …

Great Egret at Wyth Lake - Image 501332 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-28 and 4-29-18

  A Weekend of Wildlife and Wildflower Photography Wow, what a great weekend of camping with friends and wildlife and wildflower photography! To shoot wildlife photos I left camp early, before others were out and about, and was on the water in my kayak as the sun was rising over the horizon. For those wondering, …

Beaver at Big Woods Lake - Image 500698 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-27-18

  Cleanliness Observation As I watched and photographed a variety of bird species today, I noticed that each of the species I was watching appeared to be very clean. Then I considered the sandhill cranes that appear brown but are actually gray. What is the difference? How can bright white birds that feed in almost …

Common Loon in Flight at Big Woods Lake - Image 495128 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-7-18

  A Cold Morning Big Woods Lake Wildlife Extravaganza Yesterday I paddled my kayak at Big Woods Lake and saw a variety of wildlife. Unfortunately, I was forced to shoot the pictures against a gray sky due to weather conditions. When I saw this morning that our sky was bright blue and cloud free, I decided …