Injured Great Horned Owl - Image 453759 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-2-17

  From Carp/Catfishing to an Owl Rescue After a day of detail-focused meetings addressing flood issues, I decided some time along the river was necessary this evening. For an hour or so I fished for carp or catfish in the Wapsie. As my stink bait permeated the water, but attracted no fish, I became bored …

Possum Prairie Wildflowers - Image 451854 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-16-17

  A Common Attraction What is it about water (rivers, lakes, and ponds) that many people find relaxing and something they are drawn to? Regular readers know that I am on the water as often as possible, in fact almost daily if my schedule allows. Based on what we are seeing, whatever it is about water …

Western Grebe - Image 445500 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-4-17

  Is That Grebe Tame? Take a look at this list of possible/probable irritations or threats that might scare off a lone western grebe at Wyth Lake at George Wyth State Park: pontoon boats, V-bottom fishing boats, flat bottom fishing boats, sit-in kayaks, sit-on-top kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, walkers, bicyclists, airplanes, cars, trucks, and …

Paper Wasp Nest Hanging in Tree - Image 41862

Kip’s Comments 10-18-16

  Out To Get Us, Or Are They?  As I reviewed my image themes for today, a commonality jumped out at me. Both subjects were wild things that many people consider threatening, even though they generally are not. For example, I have been watching this impressive paper wasp nest hanging in a tree for many …

Northern Water Snake on Log - Image 388635

Kip’s Comments 7-3-16

  Not What I Was Looking For, But Not A Surprise Either With so much activity on the river today, I went out early with my camera and my fishing tackle. The not so good news on the fishing was that I did not catch a single fish. I did not even have a strike …

Carp by Bowfishing - Image 381478

Kip’s Comments 5-25-16

  On the Wapsipinicon River  After an interesting day at work, I headed for the Wapsipinicon River to spend time in the outdoors. I had no set agenda, instead planning to do whatever interested me. My first activity was to use my GoPro on a stick to look into my nest boxes for any signs …

Northern Water Snake - Image 335581

Kip’s Comments 8-20-15

  In Their Domain This injury recovery business is terribly boring. The good news is that I am improving. I enjoy more time between headaches and the subsequent short-term mental challenges. My arms are beginning to move more without intense pain and my bruises are beginning to change colors. These are all signs of progress! …

Peony Bud- Image 325382

Kip’s Comments 6-7-15

  It’s the Little Things Kristy and I have been back from Northern Minnesota a little more than a week. It was a fun time and very productive, photographically and angling speaking. One side of me wishes we had the Northwoods habitat and wildlife here in Iowa that we saw last week. Yet, the other …

Sandhill Crane Egg Hatching with Hatchling Visible - Image 317643

Kip’s Comments 5-3-15

  A Successful Day of Camera Hunting! Wow, what a day! Wind in the morning, sun in the afternoon, and a variety of successes with my camera. I’ll try to explain…     After my Bible study this morning I paddled against the wind to check on a sandhill crane nest. No colts emerged over …

Bufflehead - Image 303396

Kip’s Comments 3-18-15

  Nocturnal Disappointment, Diurnal Disappointment According to multiple information sources, last night was supposed to be the night to see aurora borealis (northern lights) in most of Iowa. I made frequent checks of the night sky, but saw nothing but blackness and twinkling stars. I must admit, I was disappointed since I have not seen …