Northern Water Snake on Log - Image 650662 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-6-20

  Providing Before You Ask! Regular visitors to this site know that I like to share information while also providing a little entertainment via images of nature or the outdoors. I am not always successful in my efforts, but I give it my best. Tonight I was lucky to have an opportunity to educate while …

Obedient Plant - Image 646363 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-6-20

  Controlling the Drift Believe it or not, when I left home tonight to go paddling, most of my camera equipment remained in the house. Due to serious distractions as I was packing to leave, I completely forgot to make one last trip inside to grab my gear. So, I had to make due with …

Cardinal Flower - Image 644641 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-24-20

  Senior Months on the Wildflower Calendar The vegetation enhancing our landscape is very predictable. Like wildlife, wildflowers bloom on a regular schedule year after year. My understanding is their growing timetable is based initially on soil temperatures, moisture, and the photoperiod of daylight hours vs hours of darkness.    As I was paddling on …

Boreal Chorus Frog - Image 623555 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-19-20

  Wonders of Nature – Chorus Frogs Calling As I loaded my kayak after paddling this morning I heard chorus frogs calling loudly as the small pond they called home warmed. Instead of going home, I shot some pictures and video of the small amphibians. Chorus frogs are tiny…they will fit on a quarter with …

Northern Redbelly Snake on Sweet Water Trail - Image 592370 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-15-19

  Like Picking Up Worms While walking on the Sweet Water Trail today I crossed paths with a couple of snakes. The first snake was a northern water snake that was not too big, but a water snake that was clearly enjoying the warmth of the black-topped trail even though air temperatures were a little …

Northern Water Snake in Wetland - Image 561019s (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-29-19

  I Levitated, Then Saw Swans For a couple of hours today I wandered around in the muck of a wetland. Wetlands are magnets for wildlife due to the habitat they provide. From birds and mammals to crustaceans and amphibians, a person can almost always find some species of wildlife in a wetland.      …

Northern Water Snake in Shadows - Image 457276(© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-23-17

  Lurking in the Shadows… Since my work schedule for today included hours late into the night, I took some time this morning to paddle on the Wapsipinicon River. Generally I consider myself to be pretty good at spotting wildlife at a long distance and then paddling close enough to make decent images. Apparently today …

Painted Turtle - Image 456801 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-18-17

  Flora and Fauna Along the Wapsipinicon River While mowing the lawn at the cabin I saw something I had not seen for some time – an adult Graham’s crayfish snake. This may be the second or third year that I had not seen a crayfish snake and that has been disappointing. Graham’s crayfish snakes …

Whitetail Deer Fawn in Stream - Image 456601 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-17-17

  Hey…I am a Nice Guy! During my travels today I developed an uneasy feeling that I was not liked or my presence was not appreciated. In a 100-yard stretch of road that often hosts a variety of wild critters on both sides and in the air above I found birds and a snake and …

Northern Water Snake - Image 455492 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-14-17

  Making Snakes…Nope, Just Spooning For a little more than an hour I paddled my canoe on the Wapsipinicon River tonight. I had no fishing tackle with me, just my camera and a desire to enjoy the river.         I paddled upstream to a quiet backwater cove that often hosts a great …