New Year's Day Paddling 2015 - Image 292823r

Kip’s Comments 1-1-15

  Happy New Year to All! Here we are, at the beginning of another year. My hope for each of you is that 2015 will be your best year ever, that your challenges be minimal, and that you find satisfaction in all you do.     The highlight of my holiday would have to be …

Spotted Sandpiper - Image 274265

Kip’s Comments 8-22-14

From One Extreme To Another Some days, as I reflect on the past hours of my life, I just shake my head. It is hard to believe all that can be accomplished, sometimes unintentionally. Today was such a day.       My day began with a quiet, relaxing paddling outing on the Wapsipinicon River. …

Paddling My Kayak on the Wapsipinicon RIver - Image GP G0016230

Kip’s Comments 8-21-14

A Night of Testing In my never-ending quest to create better images – technically and compositionally – tonight I tested another camera and a completely different approach with the GoPro. The different camera test involved shooting video with a Nikon P100 we retired from semi-regular use a few months ago. The P100 has long shutter lag …

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 …

Belted Kingfisher - Image 273214

Kip’s Comments 8-15-14

Action on the Wapsipinicon River Apparently there is more activity on the Wapsipinicon River than I am aware of. Even though there was a speed boat pulling a tube, and even though there was a fishing boat and a pontoon boat motoring casually up and down the river, I still saw plenty of critter activity. …

Harley Davidson From Chest-mounted GoPro - Image GP G0043566

Kip’s Comments 8-13-14

Join Me For A Couple Of Hours Even though my outing for the night was a solo adventure, you are invited to join me through snapshots. I had two cameras working tonight – my Nikon and my GoPro. The Nikon was used for concentrated photos and the GoPro was set to record video and a …

Great Blue Heron - Image 271334

Kip’s Comments 8-3-14

A Reunion With Old Friends The last couple of weeks I was busier than I’ve been in ages. First there was RAGBRAI, then a week of supporting the Bremer County Fair, with an all-night fire response thrown in the middle of week. Sometimes it seemed life would never be normal again. Then there was last …

Purple Coneflower in Prairie - Image 270656

Kip’s Comments 7-29-14

Sunrise On A Purple Coneflower Prairie The title of today’s post takes liberty with the name of a local grassland area. North of Tripoli are some acres of DNR ground. As far as I know, the prairie area itself has not been formally named. I refer to it as the Possum Prairie since it is …

Bald Eagle - Image 268736

Kip’s Comments 7-11-14

Am I A Geek? How many cameras does a fellow have to have recording in a kayak at the same time to be considered a geek? One, two, three, four, five, or more? According to my wife, the answer is more than one. Based on her standards, I am a geek. Since tonight’s conditions were …

Yellow Rose - Image 267350

Kip’s Comments 6-29-14

A Little Education and A Little Bit of Art Did I ever learn a bit today from the Eastern bluebirds! After watching them for several decades, I didn’t think bluebirds could teach me too much anymore, but today I learned many details about the fascinating busy birds.   Eastern bluebirds are omnivores. I watched as …