Bald Eagle with Squirrel On Cedar River - Image 688862 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-2-21

  Right Place, Right Time, Unless You were the Squirrel This morning my nephew and I were driving across the Cedar River when I spotted an adult bald eagle standing in the water. Based on past experiences, I feared the eagle was in trouble and I would be spending the afternoon rescuing the bird, ill …

Common Merganser in Flight - Image 613079 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-4-20

  That Was Close (a common merganser fly-by) Finally, after wanting to do this for some time, today I took my beater boat (the HMY Kristina) over to Waverly to motor up the Cedar River from the boat ramp near Waverly Utilities to the C-33 bridge. By vehicle a person can drive that in a …

Hazard Buoy in Boat on the Cedar River - Image 588785 (Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-20-19

  Another Chapter or Two Yet Life, at least for me, seems like a collection of stories. Some stories are short, sweet, and put a smile on your face. Others may be just the opposite. In the middle of the library of life are the countless stories that may be lengthy or not, but are …

Waverly Apartments at Night - Image 588689 (Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-18-19

  All of Five Seconds Due to a full schedule from sunrise to sunset, I had no time for photography until well after dark. Knowing my images would be something with a darkness theme, I watched for possible compositions. I found two near the Cedar River in Waverly – the apartments near the river and …

Softshell Turtle on Cedar River - Image 587290 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-10-19

  Communicating My Feelings As the Cedar River winds through Northeast Iowa, including along the western edge of Bremer County, it seems as though the beautiful river resembles a good looking dog that is restrained by a painful buckle collar. The correlation is this… when the river (or a dog) is behaving, all is well …

Young River Otters Along the Cedar River - Image 572941 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-12-19

  Enjoying the Cedar River An organized, disorganized event on the Cedar River today caused me to spend several hours on the river. As I slowly moved up and down the river, I was treated to many interesting glimpses of life on a very beautiful river. By moving at a slow speed, the number of …

Softshell Turtle Along Cedar River - Image 572083 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-7-19

  A Turtle Question and A Little More Today I spent hours on the Cedar River in a boat. As I motored up and down the river, I noticed that there were many areas where multiple softshell turtles were out of the water sunning themselves. I never saw just one softshell turtle. There were always …

False Map Turtles on the Cedar River - Image 557957 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-19-19

  Mostly (not so common) Reptiles While working on the Cedar River today I spotted only two turtle species – the common snapping turtle and the not-so-common false map turtles. Ironically, for an uncommon turtle species, I saw many false map turtles today. And it seemed when I found one, I found multiples. Please note …

Side Profile of River Bank Along Cedar River - Image 554816 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-3-19

  The Power of Nature  My day was spent searching for and documenting a bridge that was washed away by ice and high river levels. While on the water a couple of observations came to mind. Today’s pictures illustrate the message, but otherwise probably will not mean much.      The Power of Ice – I …

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree - Image 542313 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-20-19

  Winter Boredom We are at that place on the winter calendar when the weather turns cold (as expected) and the wildlife, at least much of it, has become elusive. No doubt the critters are doing what they must to survive. Their self-preservation efforts are making wildlife photography challenging.      Instead of staying inside …