Double-crested Cormorants at Indian Pond - Image 655283 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-27-20

  Temporary Neighbors Dropped in Today While I was at the cabin today, preparing to paddle on the Wapsipinicon River, almost two dozen double-crested cormorants circled and dropped in to visit those of us on Indian Pond. Cormorants are interesting birds in that few people appreciate having them around (cormorants are fish eaters), they are …

Great Egret with Fish - Image 596036 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-31-19

  Unexpected Captures This fellow never knows for certain what types of photos he is going to create each day. I sometimes have a general idea, but certainly do not know the specific content of the photos. For example, today I had a hunch I would be shooting pictures of American white pelicans. That thought …

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 …

Anglers on Volga Lake - Image 523716 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-14-18

  A Late Start To the Pontoon Boating Season Here we are, we’ve reached mid-September and I have finally had time to get our pontoon boat on the water. Boating via a pontoon boat is great fun. You can walk around and have much flexibility. But, trailering, putting the boat on the water, and then …

Juvenile Double-crested Cormorant - Image 523390 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-10-18

  There Is Always Something to Look At and Some of it Is “In Your Face” On the days when my schedule is so full that I wonder if I will see any wildlife, I tend to be surprised. Busy or not, Mother Nature provides a variety of critters for me to look at, enjoy, …

Ring-billed Gull - Image 470995 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-24-17

  Looking Into the Sun (and more) Photography is nothing more than recording light or the absence/varying levels of light. The most common type of lighting is with the light behind you and featuring the subject. Sometimes though, a photographer has no choice but to look into the light. Such conditions can result in images …

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. …

Double-crested Cormorant Rookery - Image 440128 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-12-17

  A Blue Sky is My Preferred Background A couple of days ago I shared images recorded at a double-crested cormorant rookery. The photos, while accurate, were created with a bright white sky/background due to cloudy/rainy conditions when photographed. Today’s blue sky meant it was time to shoot more photos with a better background.   …

Double-crested Cormorant Rookery - Image 439454 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-10-17

  A New Observation and a Not New Bird Sighting While outside today I traveled near something I had not seen (or photographed) before. The new observation was an active double-crested cormorant rookery. My best guess is at least 125-150 birds were in the area of the nest tree/island. To minimize any possible disturbance, I …

Red-necked Grebe at Big Woods Lake - Image 433341 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-22-17

  A Very Special Earth Day Kristy and I spent Earth Day 2017 at Big Woods Lake. I was on the water early with no real intentions, other than to hopefully shoot at least a few decent pictures. As I paddled away from the shoreline in my kayak an osprey flew overhead. I was hoping …