Dramatic Sky Over Lake Three in BWCA - Image 448467 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-30-17

  Thimbleweeds and Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Images Today was another day of recovery after a Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area paddling trip (more on that later). I had to mow the lawn at our cabin and when I did I learned my Eastern bluebirds had fledged. I missed it when I was in Northern …

White Birch Close-up - Image 4445158 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-2-17

p; Our Last Full Day on Lake Vermilion! It is with regret that I type that today was our last full day on Lake Vermilion in Northern Minnesota. The five of us had a great time as evidenced by sunburn from fishing and relaxed attitudes after being away from work (sort of) for a week. …

Paddling Lake Vermilionin Kayak - Image 444065 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-31-17

  Then We Had Sunshine After many days of rain, today was sunny and pleasant along the lake. Unfortunately, the high pressure weather system that pushed the clouds away also seemed to put most of the fish into a “lock jaw” mode. We caught some and had enough for a fish fry, but the action …

Female Common Merganser - Image 443722 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-30-17

  More Rain, Female of the Species Here we are, into full day number three of our outing and the rain continues. Moisture-laden or not, I went out for a while today to fish and shoot photos – if any fish or photo opportunities presented themselves. Before I even left the bay I watched as …

Yellow Warbler - Image 433583 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-29-17

  Rain, Rain, and Then It Stopped Kristy and I, along with our friends, thought today was going to be a long, wet day. Even though the weather was not stormy, it was cold and wet. Instead of napping the day away, we explored off the beaten path and traveled around the area for many …

Male Common Mergansers - Image 443237 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-27-17

  Working on a Project Kristy and I, along with some friends, are dedicating the next several days toward working on a project. So far the effort has been worthwhile with an assortment of interesting images being created. I will provide more details at a future date.  Following is a sampling of some of the …

Common Loon at Big Woods Lake - Image 432378 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-21-17

  Surprises at Big Woods Lake Early this morning I was paddling my kayak on Big Woods Lake near Cedar Falls. My hopes were that I might see (and hopefully photograph) a “not regularly seen in Iowa” species or two. My chances of success were minimal, but a person never really knows what they are …

Paddling Canoe in BWCA 2015 - PLC G0060455

Kip’s Comments 6/24/15 – 6/28/15

  Paddling in the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area Over the past few days I spent time paddling in the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area (BWCA) with a group of guys from my church and elsewhere. Our goal was to slow down, enjoy God’s gifts, and grow as men. We had prayer study each morning and …

Bald Eagle at Lake Vermilion - Image 323276

Kip’s Comments 5-23 through 5-30-15

  Following is a report from a trip Kristy and I took, along with her sister and brother-in-law Cynthia and Gary, to Spring Bay Resort (Harkonen House) on Lake Vermilion, outside of Cook, Minnesota. Our intent was to catch fish, relax, and for me to shoot photos. We had a successful trip! Our Arrival Day – …