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The towboat Mt Vernon was making its way north on the Mississippi River at Grand Tower late last Friday morning. Mississippi River water was lapping at the edge of what I think is a boat launch area along the river. The water in the river had been stirred up by the towboat’s passage. The towboat was going under a landmark natural gas pipeline bridge which crosses the river.
Oh...to be able to string together a few words like fellow journalist Mark Twain... We’ll come back to Mr. Twain in just a little bit... Monday night, the “front porch heat index” was something like 158 degrees at our humble abode. The “front porch heat index” is something I pretty much made up. It...
While wandering around on a daily walkabout last Sunday afternoon, the photographer was lucky enough to spot a bunch of dragonflies. “Bunch,” by the way, is a scientific term for “a whole bunch.” These were just a couple of them...
Last Sunday afternoon, the sun was shining and, as far as could be determined, the heat index was not 109 degrees. That was quite an improvement over what we experienced in our little corner of the world on Independence Day. Since it did not seem likely that a person would melt, or at the least...
This egret couldn’t wait for the fish fry...so it had sushi instead. The picture was taken last Friday afternoon at a local farm pond.
Finally...after all of the build up and excitement...I heard my first cicadas last Sunday evening while sitting out on the front porch. I had thought there were supposed to be something like billions and billions, maybe even trillions, of the bug-eyed bugs making an appearance this year in the Land...
Here comes the next round...for the second afternoon in a row, strong thunderstorms swept through the Union County on Monday. Strong storms also happened Sunday afternoon. The storms were accompanied by strong winds, lightning, thunder and very heavy rain. Power outages were reported on both days in parts of the county. The photograph was taken Monday afternoon in Anna.
Once again...so many things to ponder...and so little time... First up...a message to drivers from an Old Guy who gets Grumpy about such things: PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN. PUT BOTH HANDS ON THE WHEEL. That is all...  Meanwhile... ...let’s ponder a couple of numbers... 81...81...we’ll come back to them in...
Divine precipitation? Please read on for the “rest of the story”...
...which involves some very special time The Other Half and yours truly spent together in Anna on the second Wednesday of May. We’ll call this very special time a Rainy Day Date. Or, perhaps more correctly, a A Torrential Downpour of Potentially Apocalyptic Proportions Date. Maybe not... I had...
Tiny drops of moisture were strung along a spider web which had been woven one day last week on our front porch. One can only hope that the arachnid which created this masterpiece really, really, really likes mosquitoes...for breakfast...for lunch...for dinner...for midnight snack...
Maybe it was just inevitable... Bob and I were sitting on the porch swing Monday evening in the still and sultry air of a May evening in Southern Illinois. Off to the west, the last light of the day was fading away...along the horizon was a line of grayish blue clouds...perhaps offering a hint of a...
We had so much fun with our critter collage last week that we decided to try another one...the goose (and goslings), the bluebird and the hawk were spotted during various meanderings in our little corner of the world. When I looked closely at the goose, the feathered critter appear to have a smile on its beak. Really.
So much time...so much space...so little to write about... Yes, folks, we’re keeping with a theme which began a couple of weeks ago. Trouble is, my brain was a wee bit foggy early this week. I’m thinking it was the pollen and various other wonderful things that were floating around in the soupy...
At about the time this photograph was taken, a person with a little more sense would have been indoors...where it might have been fairly safe. Instead, shortly after a tornado warning siren had sounded, a downpour began in our neighborhood. So, of course, I had to go outside to take a picture...
Good grief...it was the 21st day of April and we’re looking at a frost advisory... Meanwhile... Once again this week...so many things to ponder...and so little time and space... It was a dark and stormy night...really...it was... Last Thursday night, The Other Half and yours truly were watching all...
You couldn’t really tell (well, I couldn’t), but a lunar eclipse was underway when this photograph was taken late, late Sunday night...or maybe it was early, early Sunday morning. I wasn’t paying close attention to the exact time...
The conditions on Monday were just right for doing something I had not done in a while. With the wind gusting up to around 50 miles per hour Monday afternoon, it seemed to make sense to toss some letters up into the air and see where they landed. It worked. Thank you, Mother Nature, for helping me...
Oh, deer...  One day last week, I was motoring through metropolitan Anna and happened to spot this “critter” along a city street. I drove on for a block, turned around, went back to have another look. I’m guessing there’s a story...
Oh, deer... One day last week, I was motoring through metropolitan Anna and happened to spot this “critter” along a city street. I drove on for a block, turned around, went back to have another look. I’m guessing there’s a story... Meanwhile... The Other Half and yours truly were doing our best...

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