Red-tailed Hawk in Fog - Image 479111 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-17-17

  In A Fog Where did the past week go? Who would have imagined that the past week would have been devoted to caring for an ailing family member that remains at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. With the complications of each day blurring the status of the previous day, a person loses track of …

Repeating Patterns in Damon Parking Ramp

Kip’s Comments 12-15-17

  Going Down Today included more time spent at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. As I was waiting for the elevator in the Damon Parking Ramp, I looked down the stairwell from the top to the bottom. The interesting repeating patterns caught my attention so I recorded an image. Since I am getting little …

Rural Iowa Sunrise - Image 479071 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-14-17

  A Morning at Home After several stressful days at St. Mary’s Hospital (Rochester, Minnesota) it was nice to sleep at home again. Even though we did not have a bright, sunny day, we were blessed with a colorful sunrise.   When you spend time at St. Mary’s or any of the Mayo Clinic facilities, you …

Mayo Clinic- Rochester, Minnesota

Kip’s Comments 12-12 and 12-13

  Warm Up Time for the Last Dance Since Sunday afternoon our family has been dealing with another “Dance at Death’s Door” by a loved one. And, as happened this past January, the fine folks at the Waverly Health Center and then Mayo Clinic correctly diagnosed the situation and guided our person back to possible …

Window Training at Mayo

Kip’s Comments 12-11-17

  Smart Folks Once again I am at Mayo Hospital with a family member. I have been able to participate (mostly listen) as very well educated, smart doctors work together to develop a plan for treatment. We found it interesting they used the glass window for a marker board. Take a look at the formulas. …

Juvenile Bald Eagle in Flight - Image 479029 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-10-17

  Nothing Special Due to the shotgun deer season, I did not venture too far out today. Kristy and I drove through George Wyth State Park where we watched a pair of juvenile bald eagles in artistic flight.    Juvenile Bald Eagle in Flight:        At home one of our many red-bellied woodpeckers played peek-a-boo with …

Red-bellied Woodpecker - Image 479004 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-9-17

  A Day With the Grandkids Some days are better off spent at home with the grandkids, especially if the day coincides with the opening of the second shotgun deer season.        Years ago I hunted whitetail deer with my bow and with my shotgun. On a family shotgun deer hunt my brother was grazed on …

Sunrise at Sweet Marsh (Fog Filter) - Image 478911 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-8-17

  Photographed Today – A Threatened Population Bird Species After looking for, and not finding, the black-crowned night heron, I noticed what appeared to be a red-winged blackbird or possibly a brown-headed cowbird. When the bird paused on a tree branch not too far away, I was provided a clear enough view of it to …

Lone Oak Tree at Sunrise - Image 478869 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-7-17

  An Electronic Greeting Card to an Unsuccessful Birding Friend   Thinking of You… To my buddy who so wants to see the elusive juvenile black-crowned night heron, but has had absolutely no luck…   I have seen the heron a number of times, with hardly any trying… You walk the dike looking high and …

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron - Image 478864 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-6-17

  Serenading a Bird (Unsuccessfully!) Visualize this… Standing in an out of the way location at Sweet Marsh, shortly after sunrise on a cold, windy morning, is a grown adult man singing to the birds. (No, this was not me!) The vocalist is doing his best to entice the uncommon – at least for this …