Insect on Siding- Image 554644 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-1-19

  Not the First, But a Bigger Than Normal Spring must be here since now the insects have appeared. I don’t know where the insects go during the winter, but here they are. Fortunately this one doesn’t bite. I apologize that I do not know the species identification.    Insect on Siding:        …

Canada Geese on Ice - Image 484251 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-3-18

  Glad I Shot This Photo As I begin at least my eighth year of shooting a minimum of one picture a day, I am proud to say I have not missed a day yet. Through travels, family emergencies, good times and sad times, I have not missed a day. Had I not stopped to …

Canada Geese on Ice - Image 483789 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-28-18

  January Thaw…Come Back!! The warm temperatures over the past days are certainly welcome to return. This fellow is now suffering from warm-weather withdrawals. I am ready to paddle my canoe or kayak, run my boat, and even to smell cut grass. Notice – I only want to smell trimmed grass, not actually walk back …

Fern Frond - Image 433760 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-23-17

  Something Uncommon Three Days in a Row Was Asking Too Much Even though I knew the chances were slim of finding and photographing an unusual wildlife species three days in a row, I still went out looking with my Nikon ready for just about anything. As expected, today was more of a normal day …

Snow Geese in Flight - Image 426753c (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-31-17

  Build It and They Will Come One of the responsibilities of my job is to represent Bremer County on the Upper Cedar and Upper Wapsipinicon Watershed Management Authorities (WMA’s). Watershed Management Authorities are tasked with addressing (as partnership opportunities and funding are available) water quality and quantities issues along their respective rivers and associated …

Canada Goose with Goslings - Image 377940

Kip’s Comments 5-6-16

  Momma and The Gang It seems that this time of year just about every little puddle of water that might possibly constitute a pond holds a Canada goose with goslings or sitting on eggs. For a brief amount of time the goslings are unbelievably cute. But, within a few weeks the young geese transition …

Camo-covered Kayak - Image 362435

Kip’s Comments 3-12-16

  Tolerance Threshold  Early this morning I made my first kayak paddling trip of 2016 around Segment B (Marten’s Lake) at Sweet Marsh. Yesterday there was still ice. A week ago people were ice fishing. Two weeks ago there was an ATV running on the ice. What a difference several days of warm weather makes! …

Canada Geese in Snowy Marsh - Image 358263

Kip’s Comments 3-1-16

  Thank You For Being Present Under normal conditions, the presence of Canada geese is certainly nothing to write about. We have thousands of them scattered around the county. Generally they are ignored or even cursed because we consider them commonplace and take them for granted.     Today was filled with challenges. It was …

Canada Goose Gosling on Water - Image 316688

Kip’s Comments 5-1-15

  Something For Everyone My photography goal for the day was simple, or so I thought. All that I wanted to accomplish was to shoot pictures of Canada goose goslings in their nest. Based on the number of active nests I have been watching this year, and knowing some broods were hatching out, I thought …

Male Red-breasted Merganser on Stump at Sweet Marsh - Image 309127

Kip’s Comments 4-6-15

  A Bittersweet Ending to a Confusing Day As humans we are frequently challenged to face a range of situations and emotions. Life has its highs and life has its lows. Our goal should be to focus on the highs while anticipating and coping with the lows. As our pastor says, “Life is not unicorns …