Paddling the Wapsipinicon River - Image 712291 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-13-21

  Visual Results of Audio Tests Tonight after the wind settled down I went out on the Wapsipinicon River to conduct audio tests with my external mic for my GoPro camera. (The audio capabilities are quite poor with the internal mic when I am behind the camera.) If I could share the results of the …

Various Blackbirds in Large Flock - Image 659588 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-18-20

  Questions at the Last Hours of My “End of the Season” Day Each year about this time – sometimes earlier and sometimes later – our cabin water service ends. Weather conditions dictate when I drain our water system and fill the plumbing traps with anti-freeze. With overnight temperatures expected to hit the upper 20’s …

Logan Taking Pictures at Alcock Park- Image 659432 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-17-20

  Turning A Find into a Treasure This past week my uncle contacted me about an old aluminum canoe that was in need of a new home or it was going to the scrap yard. Another aluminum canoe was something I did not need. Buying a canoe without seeing it in person was not something …

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 …

Green Heron in Tree - Image 650376 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-5-20

  Persistence Over the past two or three weeks I have seen at least three green herons working along the Wapsipinicon River. Whether or not they nested here this year I do not know. What I can tell you is the birds seem to be very camera shy and have been challenging me to shoot …

Outboard Motor on Wapsipinicon River - Image 644146 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-19-20

  As Fast As A Speeding Johnson Outboard A very significant decision was made today… something that was long overdue, yet very challenging. Here are the details.          Many years ago I bought a used small outboard motor to use for puttering around on the Wapsipinicon River near our cabin. The motor …

Bra in Tree Over Wapsipinicon River - Image 599502 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-24-19

  Victoria’s Secret, Saved the Cats, and Passing Through The post you are about to read may appear a bit confusing. Several topics bounce around from one idea to another. But, that is the way today went so here we go!        Early this morning I paddled my kayak on the Wapsipinicon River …

Exposed Tree Roots - Image 581306 - mono (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-9-19

  Clearing The Head The past few days at work have been challenging. Folks who have followed the news media for this area know what I am referring to. Working such cases are emotionally challenging and tend to be stressful. After two full days and with at least one more coming up, I decided it …

Michicraft Canoe on the Wapsipinicon River - Image 523928 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-16-18

  Two Activities…Complete Opposites Picture this… You have a fire truck, ambulance, police car, Air Care Helicopter, soil boring equipment, an asphalt roller, a cement pumper, a skid loader, and many more types of equipment/machinery on display for kids of all ages to climb on and in. And you also have the Children’s Museum open …

Bullfrog Along Wapsipinicon River - Image 519883 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-19-18

  Mr. or Ms. No Emotions After a satisfying day of home maintenance I had an opportunity to meet with friends on the Wapsipinicon River. We talked kayaks and photography and had a pleasant evening. Not far from us, along the river’s edge, was this bullfrog. We usually have one or more near our cabin, …