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 …

Wood Duck on Wapsipinicon River - Image 367328

Kip’s Comments 3-30-16

  Kip and His Pimples (A Story About A Man and His Boat) Long ago, like last fall, a good friend named Jason gifted his buddy Kip with a boat. This was no ordinary boat. Oh no, this was a 12-foot flat bottom boat of vintage years. The boat had lived a lonely life, catching …

Hen Mallard on Wapsipinicon River - Image 345503

Kip’s Comments 11-7-15

  Farewell For Another Season? As much as I hope it isn’t true, I believe the time has come to bid farewell to the pair of great blue herons that called Indian Pond home this year. I looked all over for the two birds this morning, but was unsuccessful in my search. Since it is …

Rusty Blackbird on Wapsipinicon River - Image 344031

Kip’s Comments 10-18-15

  An Exceptional Morning Outing Every now and then an exceptional outing occurs. Today I enjoyed a brief, but great paddling trip on the Wapsipinicon River. My first interaction was with a very cooperative great blue heron. I am almost certain this was the same GBH I photographed a few days ago. Its coloration was …

Turkey Vultures on Cell Phone Tower - Image 333152

Kip’s Comments 8-4-15

  An Economic Development Proposal for the City of Frederika Based on what I documented this evening, I have an economic development proposal for the City of Frederika. Since most of the turkey vultures in the county and possibly multi-county area seem to be congregating in Frederika, why not adopt the slogan “Turkey Vulture Capital …

Turkey Vultures Taking Flight in Corn Stubble - Image 313915

Kip’s Comments 4-22-15

  Happy Earth Day 2015 – Change Frederika to Vultureville? Happy Earth Day to all! Hopefully you took a little time today to, at a minimum, consider your impact on our natural world. Better yet, maybe you spent some time doing something positive for the outdoor environment. I hope you recognized the day in some …

Water Drops on Canoe Paddle - Image 287836

Kip’s Comments 11-9-14

  Maiden Voyage, Final Voyage, Last Trip Since the weather folks are telling us to be prepared for blustery cold weather this coming week, with a possibility of snow, today was a day of final preparatory efforts for the winter of 2014-2015. As I accomplished task after task, I found each project could fall under …

Spider in Web - Image 281983

Kip’s Comments 9-15-14

  From One Thing To Another Knowing that the next several nights will not include “wild” time, I made sure I spent some time on the river tonight. I had no specific photos in mind, instead choosing to shoot those subjects that interested me. Since I was at the cabin, it was no surprise when …

Great Blue Heron - Image 278123

Kip’s Comments 8-30-14

  Might Hand-feeding Be The Next Step In Our Relationship? During the summer for many years I have photographed great blue herons near our cabin. With frequent interactions you begin to recognize personality traits of individual birds. This year we have many herons, but two in particular that work the area around Indian Pond. The …

Bald Eagle - Image 273582

Kip’s Comments 8-17-14

Three Rivers in One Weekend…Lesson Learned – There Is No Place Like Home Anyone familiar with me knows, I have a fondness for water. Lakes, rivers, streams, marshes – If I visit them I will probably find something to photograph. Because of my appreciation for water, I have many water vessels. One of my seldom-used …