Kip’s Comments 4-8-18

Killdeer in Snow - Image 495337 (© Kip Ladage)

 
Things We Should Not See

Today I encountered three situations we should not see. One was very serious, the others were not so much.

Sometimes our path of life follows roads we do not expect. We are exposed to situations that may be uncomfortable, or worse. Even when difficult, many work together for a common goal under stressful conditions. Sometimes the goal is quickly achieved, other times not as fast as we hope.

Today many of us spent time assisting with a public safety situation. My role was to paddle a creek with several other committed fellows. Hopefully progress is made soon. All are in my prayers.     

Paddling Wolf Creek in Snow:         

Kayaking Wolf Creek in Snow - Image 495253 (© Kip Ladage)

Kayaking Wolf Creek in Snow – Image 495253 (© Kip Ladage)

 

On a less serious note, every now and then we may see wildlife toughing it out when conditions are not pretty. This raccoon seemed challenged by yet another snowstorm. I watched as it lumbered along the inside edge of a field. As if on cue, the raccoon turned and began taking care of an itch after moving into clear view where I was able to shoot some photos. I cannot explain why that happened, but I am glad it did!

Raccoon in Snow: 

Raccoon in Snow - Image 495260 (© Kip Ladage)

Raccoon in Snow – Image 495260 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Raccoon in Snow - Image 495287 (© Kip Ladage)

Raccoon in Snow – Image 495287 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Raccoon in Snow - Image 495297 (© Kip Ladage)

Raccoon in Snow – Image 495297 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Raccoon in Snow - Image 495320 (© Kip Ladage)

Raccoon in Snow – Image 495320 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Finally, on an even less serious note, with winter weather continuing into Spring, the migrating birds must be confused by the less than ideal conditions. I have been hoping for an opportunity to photograph a killdeer in snow (something I have not done before). I’ve seen plenty of the vocal birds in the white stuff, but have not had a chance to shoot photos of them at close range in snow. This afternoon, much to my surprise, there was a lone killdeer in snow, in town, and cooperative enough to allow for some images to be recorded at a minimal distance.   

Killdeer in Snow:

Killdeer in Snow - Image 495337 (© Kip Ladage)

Killdeer in Snow – Image 495337 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Killdeer in Snow - Image 495328 (© Kip Ladage)

Killdeer in Snow – Image 495328 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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