Rough-legged Hawk in Flight - Image 721182 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-16-22

  Watching Me There certainly seem to be plenty of rough-legged hawks around to study this winter. The trouble is, they do not sit still long enough to really get a good look at them. This bird saw me and took flight when I was a considerable distance away. We were passing each other along …

Snow Sculpture - Image 721133 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-15-22

  Vacation Destination To my family and friends who think they want to go to a sandy beach somewhere this winter… I have a much less expensive alternative for you as long as you can use your imagination. Allow me to explain with the understanding that what you travelers might call sand, we will now …

Lone White Tree in Snow - Image 721002 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-14-22

  Disjointed Thoughts  If you read yesterday’s post, you learned how Kristy and I were dreading losing one of our dogs, hoping that she would survive another day, but not really expecting that she would. Lexi left us at 11:18 last night. The empty spot that small dog left is huge.      Lexi was …

Fog and Snow Sunrise - Image 720869 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-13-22

  Was This It? Kristy and I have two small dogs that have been with us since they were puppies. One of them is strong-willed and not too cuddly. The other dog, the older of the two, is petite, polite, and almost appears to think like a human. Sadly, she is also suffering from severe …

Adult Bald Eagle in Snowy Field - Image 720774 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-12-22

  Fly…FLY!!! We are at a time of year when I get a bit antsy when I see bald eagles in fields with no apparent food source available. With the shotgun whitetail deer seasons having just ended, the possibility of eagles feeding on gut piles or consuming deer that succumbed to the season without being …

Corn Stubble in Snow - Image 720762 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-11-22

  Purely Technical, Likely Boring After working a couple of decades in television, I seldom watch TV just to watch TV. I will, however, watch educational programming. Anymore I find myself learning new techniques by watching YouTube. In fact, I should probably be recognized with a degree from the education I have received from YouTube.  …

Mourning Dove in Pine Tree - Image 720753 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-10-22

  Ordinary Species, Pleasant Setting Apprehension set in as I returned home from work today. Would our ill dog still be with us or might have she succumbed to her heart issues that came on suddenly this weekend? When I opened the door to the house and saw both dogs happy to see me, I …

Juniper Berries - Image 720735 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-9-22

  No Owls (or other birds) During my day of tasks I looked for birds or other wildlife. I should clarify – I looked for birds or other wildlife at close range. Sadly, I found none, but saw several further away. When I was nearly home I noticed a grove of juniper trees that I …

Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant - Image 720694 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-8-22

  What a Day Some days I just shake my head and wonder “what next?” Today’s debacle actually began very early this morning when I was woken several times by our smartest dog who was coughing. She is a snorer, but seldom coughs, so when the coughing began I woke up. I wish I had …

Barred Owl - Image 720691 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-7-22

  Oh the Sun! Today was another trip to the magic city to the north, in Minnesota, where miracles happen sometimes, sad reality happens too, and where relationships go from mundane to meaningful. With a full schedule at the Mayo Clinic, my time for outdoor photography was brief – as in a few minutes. Thankfully …