Painted Turtle - Image 646518 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-8-20

  Productive, But Not Behind a Nikon Other than during a quick paddle this morning on Indian Pond and the main channel of the Wapsipinicon River, I did not shoot any pictures today. I was busy, but not photographically.      Thanks to my wife noticing something she thought I might be interested in 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 …

Blanding's Turtle at Sweet Marsh - Image 555709 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-7-19

  My First “Marsh Migrations” Paddling Event for 2019 After missing the first “Marsh Migrations” outing for 2019, I was able to join Darrin, Janeen, and many new friends for two trips around Sweet Marsh this afternoon. Even though only minutes separated the two loops around the marsh, the weather changed enough that the photos …

Yellow Hawkweed - Image 460591(Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-6-17

  Ooddles Definition of Oodles (according to Kip): many, a lot, a whole bunch, plenty… as in today I saw oodles of painted lady butterflies, milkweed bugs, and I heard oodles of soras, but did not see any at close range.     Even though I did not walk too far at Sweet Marsh, the …

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 …

Painted Turtle on Wapsipinicon River - Image 449944 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-1-17

  Thank You Wapsipinicon River Over the past few days plenty of rain has fallen across our area of Iowa. So much so that the Wapsipinicon River near our cabin quickly rose and spilled out of its bank, and all of this just before the Independence Day holiday. Kristy and I had pretty much written …

Kissing Painted Turtles? - Image 324988c

Kip’s Comments 6-5-15

  So What is Happening at Sweet Marsh Following a week of more serious stuff than a fellow should have, I spent some much-needed time on the water, just looking around. It has been a couple of weeks since I was last exploring Sweet Marsh, so today was the day. I didn’t see anything unusual …

Skink in Forest Litter - Image 310816

Kip’s Comments 4-11-15

  From One Extreme To Another As I type my thoughts on another day, I can’t help but be surprised by the amount of variety in a single day. On this day I enjoyed many activities from one end of the chart to another. I have no favorite experience, but one situation today hasn’t happened …

Bald Eagle - Image 273288

Kip’s Comments 8-16-14

Just Me On The Cedar River Schedules…sometimes it is impossible to make everything fit into a schedule. Such was the case today. I was invited to paddle with others on the Cedar River and tube the Turkey River. Due to our plans for the day and evening, I wasn’t able to do either. I was, …

Northern Water Snake - Image 270503

Kip’s Comments 7-26-14

Small Scale Wildlife Photography After finishing up a few RAGBRAI details today, I did a little bit of wildlife photography on the small scale. My first species to concentrate on was the painted turtle. I found several, but the best composition, considering lighting and other subject matter, was this one. I like it.   Painted …