Bald Eagle in Tree Along Wapsipinicon River - Image 662020 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-26-20

  Thanksgiving 2020 – Social Distancing Style Happy Thanksgiving to All! Due to the virus we opted to social distance for this holiday. Some did not agree with our decision, but it was a choice we made based on our concerns. We stayed away from people today and that resulted in a very unusual Thanksgiving …

Double-crested Cormorants at Indian Pond - Image 655283 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-27-20

  Temporary Neighbors Dropped in Today While I was at the cabin today, preparing to paddle on the Wapsipinicon River, almost two dozen double-crested cormorants circled and dropped in to visit those of us on Indian Pond. Cormorants are interesting birds in that few people appreciate having them around (cormorants are fish eaters), they are …

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 …

Canoeing in Early Morning Fog - Image 649821 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-2-20

  Breathtaking Moments Seldom during the work week am I able to spend quality time on the river in the morning, but today was an exception – albeit a short one.      I woke early to heavy fog obscuring my vision when I looked across the Wapsipinicon River. Normally I would have expressed a …

Near Full Moon Paddle - Image 649553 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-1-20

  More Full Moon Fun Than We Could Have Imagined I want to share how Kristy and I had more fun than we could have thought possible during the overnight hours last night and this morning under a near full moon.      For some time, I have wanted to paddle around the island that separates Indian …

Night Scene Along Wapsipinicon River - Image 649365 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-31-20

  God Is An Artist Over the past few days I have had the pleasant opportunity to enjoy some of God’s ever-present, always changing, handiwork. Whether I was shooting pictures lit only by a nearly full moon during the overnight hours, or colorful Virginia creeper leaves never to be duplicated exactly after I found them …

Tadpoles - Image 649378 - (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-30-20

  Perspective After a much too long lapse of time for staying at our cabin, Kristy and i finally spent part of the weekend along the river. The atmosphere alone was calming – a gentle breeze, sunlight glistening off the river as it lazily moved past our windows, birds calling or flying overhead, and the …

Two Painted Turtles on Log - Image 648565 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-27-20

  More Learning Tonight As I moved quietly down the Wapsipinicon River tonight, i noticed a pair of painted turtles enjoying the warm evening not far from each other on a log hanging over the water. Knowing the turtles saw me before I spotted them, the best I could do was a slow, quiet drift …