Kip’s Comments (9-7-19)

Biennial Beeblossom - Image 586544 (© Kip Ladage)

 

I Got Some Shots, But Almost Missed Some

Our family and friends readily admit that I can be easily distracted. It seems to happen more often as I get older. It is true… I am chronically curious and fascinated by many things. Sometimes my curiosity causes me to lose focus on what I am doing, especially if nature photography is involved.

Today Kristy and I watched and cheered on our son, daughter-in-law, and one of their family friends as the three of them ran in the Scott Sterrett Half-marathon. All of them knew Scott before he lost his battle with cancer. Today they, along with many other runners, remembered Scott in a half-marathon. What made this unique was that our son ran the entire marathon in his full police officer uniform – including with his vest and loaded duty belt (adding 25-30 pounds to his running attire).

I shot plenty of pictures for our family. I will share a few race photos here. I am also sharing a link to a short video showing our son as he crossed the finish line to the applause of the crowd. (Proud parent moment!!)

Officer Ladage Finishing the Scott Sterrett Half-marathon in Full Uniform  (Video Link)

Runners at the Scott Sterrett Half-marathon - Image DS2_0079 (© Kip Ladage)

Runners at the Scott Sterrett Half-marathon – Image DS2_0079 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Officer Running in Full Uniform at the Scott Sterrett Half-marathon - Image DS2_0470 (© Kip Ladage)

Officer Running in Full Uniform at the Scott Sterrett Half-marathon – Image DS2_0470 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Bicycle Support at the Scott Sterrett Half-marathon - Image DS2_0062 (© Kip Ladage)

Bicycle Support at the Scott Sterrett Half-marathon – Image DS2_0062 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Where the easily distracted moments came occurred as I was waiting for the three runners when I noticed numerous white wildflowers I had not seen before. Not only had I not seen (or photographed) the plant species before, but I was able to make compositions of the flowers that were really quite pretty.

As I was shooting the wildflower pictures, I looked up and saw our officer son running toward me. Geez, I almost missed documenting his special run!   

Following are some of the wildflower images recorded today. The “new to me” plant species was a biennial beeblossom.  

Biennial Beeblossom - Image 586466 (© Kip Ladage)

Biennial Beeblossom – Image 586466 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Biennial Beeblossom - Image 586504 (© Kip Ladage)

Biennial Beeblossom – Image 586504 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Biennial Beeblossom - Image 586516 (© Kip Ladage)

Biennial Beeblossom – Image 586516 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Biennial Beeblossom - Image 586531 (© Kip Ladage)

Biennial Beeblossom – Image 586531 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Biennial Beeblossom - Image 586544 (© Kip Ladage)

Biennial Beeblossom – Image 586544 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Biennial Beeblossom - Image 586559 (© Kip Ladage)

Biennial Beeblossom – Image 586559 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Sunflower Species - Image 586585 (© Kip Ladage)

Sunflower Species – Image 586585 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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