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The Trail of Tears State Forest on a recent cool spring night. We had motored to the state forest to share its beauty with a visitor from the east. This is one of the images that yours truly has had fun creating with the use of a nifty "solarize" tool in Photoshop.
Oh, what a tangled web we weave, especially when it's Monday morning, a deadline is fast approaching, and a famous dead poet has not stepped up to write this column, mainly, of course, 'cause he's still dead. That's why you get to see a whole bunch o' pictures this week.  When it comes to the...
Looking for Easter eggs? Checking out the pantry? A groundhog, AKA a woodchuck, was spotted in our backyard early Monday morning. The critter didn't seem to have a worry in the world.
So, I'm going through the Monday morning routine, getting ready to start another week at The Paragraph Factory.  I glance out the back door. Much to my surprise, I spot the back of a furry brown head, streaked with a fair amount of gray (hmmmm...just like mine), which belongs to a critter taking a...
This killdeer was quite content to have its picture taken. Yours truly spotted the feathered critter one morning recently near Cobden. I'm guessing that by its behavior, the killdeer may have had a nest nearby.
This week...a few random observations, thoughts and meanderings... ...all of you folks who have started mowing your lawns just need to stop doing that...RIGHT NOW...you are making the rest of us look bad... ...perhaps you heard about this one...seems that regular folks will have an opportunity to...
Hundreds, perhaps thousands, maybe millions, of lady bugs were congregating in the structure which your intrepid photographer visited during Sunday afternoon's adventure.
"I still haven't found what I'm looking for..." ...the song of the same name, I think, by the aging rock music group U2 seemed appropriate as I headed home last Sunday afternoon after another forest bathing experience. By the way, Bono, the guy in charge of U2, should know better than to end the...
An extremely rare wood vine snake, seen on the left, had wrapped around its prey when it was spotted on one of my walkabout misadventures. The wood vine snake, which is generally an extremely shy creature whose only natural enemy is a termite, often does not show its head.
One of the biggest days of the year is fast approaching. Without an onslaught of TV commercials, special preparations in stores or even choirs practicing their favorite music of the season. We're talking about the imminent arrival of April 1th, which, if my calendar is correct, once again is going...
I’ve always enjoyed American Legion baseball. My interest began when I was a very young child chasing foul balls at the Murphysboro City Park baseball diamond for the American Legion baseball team.  My father, who was the head umpire in charge, made it all worth while and would give me 25 cents for...
This picture has absolutely nothing to do with wood chips, daffodils or geology. I just liked the pic, and it made me think of a couple of songs, too..."Time for Me to Fly" and "I'll Fly Away."
So many things to learn about...and so little time...but, before we get started...a bit of a... ...WARNING: Some, if not most, of the stuff in this week's colyum could well interest one or two people. Maybe three. Maybe not... ...here we go... ...during the past week or so, I learned that... ......
Daffodils...on Friday evening...yours truly took this picture during my daily walk. Snow was in the forecast for Friday night...
Ugh! Monday morning. Here again! Wake up! It's still dark! Look outside! And, in the immortal utterance of the legendary blockhead Charlie Brown, "AAARRRGGGHHHH!!!" Complete with a whole bunch of exclamation points!!!! Just so you know, this writer absolutely does not like exclamation points! Don't...
"DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN." Folks of a certain age may recognize the first three words in this week's colyum. Those three words made up a banner headline which appeared in an early edition of the November 3, 1948, issue of the Chicago Daily Tribune newspaper. Dewey and Truman were the candidates for...
I can tell you that this is a picture of a dragonfly. I can also tell you that even though it's been unseasonably warm, I have not seen any dragonflies out and about. This is what we call a file photo.
Up until a couple of weeks ago, I had never heard of fen communities. I had never heard of the Hine's emerald dragonfly. Now, I know at least a little bit, with the emphasis on "little," about fen communities and the Hine's emerald dragonfly. On Tuesday evening, February 21, your intrepid...

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