Sun on Water With Lily Pads - Image 774792 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-3-22

  A Reflective Image – Of “Being” After a long day at the medical center to the north… a day of uneasiness, uncertainty, happiness, and cautious optimism, I took a walk at Sweet Marsh to clear my head of emotions and instead to concentrate on nature. Other than the gazillion tiny, biting no-see-ums, the hike …

Brown Creeper - Image 774471 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-2-22

  A Pleasant Surprise! Over the past couple of days I have been watching several red-breasted nuthatches flitting about in the trees along the Wapsie. The little birds have been regular visitors, so I thought maybe I could photograph them. In fact, my goal for the day was to photograph both the red-breasted nuthatches and …

Grandchild #2 Shooting Pictures - Image 774226 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-1-22

  Quiet Time with #2 Thanks to family schedules that had Grandma and Gramps Grandkid Uber (as our son described us) going today, I was able to spend quality quiet time with my second grandchild this morning. Our agenda, according to him, was to go fishing, go for a hike, and then be at flag …

Old Town Pack Canoe - Angler Edition - Image 774153 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-30-22

  My Ride for Tonight – Version 2 Yesterday’s post and photo featured my Old Town Discovery 119 Sportsman canoe along the Wapsipinicon River. Tonight’s post will have the same theme but a different canoe.    After a concerning trip to Rochester today, I needed some quiet time on the water to get my thoughts …

Old Town Discovery 119 Sportsman Along Wapsipinicon River - Image 773875 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-29-22

  My Ride for Tonight Pardon the scum line from river water, but this was my ride for tonight. More often than not I go for a paddle on the Wapsipinicon River after work. The last few nights I have had to forgo my outing due to work commitments. Tonight details worked out and I …

Plain Gentian - Image 773265 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-28-22

  Plain Gentians Found! For some reason I almost forgot about a small population of “Plain Gentians” that blooms not too far from our home. Today I ventured out well before sunrise to see if I might be able to locate some of the plants, not knowing if all were past their peak or not. …

Yellow-rumped Warbler - Image 772928 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-27-22

  Chilly-rumped Warbler Ready or not, it sounds like frost will be setting in during the overnight hours or early tomorrow morning. The arrival of frost seems early this year, but there is nothing we can do about it other than cover our sensitive plants. I know there will be more warmer days in the …

Soybeans Ready for Harvest - image 772905 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-26-22

  Almost Ready If I had a moisture content meter I might be able tell how much longer we will have soybeans in the pods, on the stalks, surrounding the house. In only a few days all green has left the soybean fields, replaced by hairy, tan soybean pods just about ready for harvest. I …

Virginia Creeper - Image 772773 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-25-22

  Backgrounds Crazy as it may appear, one routine I have for attempting to improve my photography is to study the ever-changing background that appears on my laptop screen every time I turn it on. By studying the images that have passed the muster of the “background judges” I am able to monitor compositional techniques …

Leaf and Sprout in Moss - Image 772533 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-24-22

  Succession Early this morning I went for a walk along the Cedar River. I wanted to check out the moss-covered tree Kristy and I found yesterday. Today I had less bright light and more of a fog/mist coming off the river, yet hardly perceptible in pictures.    After recording a series of images of …