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June 30. Egret. In floodwaters near Ware.
‘Tis the season for tradition...fa la la la la la la... By the way, did you know that “‘Tis” is an “old,” as in “very old contraction of ‘it is’”?  Dictionary.com was kind enough to inform me that “the apostrophe replaces the ‘i’ in the word ‘it’ to create ‘tis.” It seems that ‘tis was a “fan...
They’re everywhere...they’re everywhere...just like the legendary “Chicken Man.” I hadn’t noticed such a thing before. However, since vultures were on my mind, I happened to catch a glimpse of the feathered carrion crunchers taking a break on top of a water tower near Anna-Jonesboro Community High School last week.
The holiday season has arrived. Christmas is less than two weeks away. Which does not seem possible.  With the holidays in full swing, our thoughts turn, of course, to vultures. Truthfully, it’s hard not to think about vultures these days. Some of the radio stations in our little corner of the...
Look...up on the fence...it’s a bird...nope...it’s a plane...probably not...you know what it is...don’t you?
Maybe we should all be used to such things by now. For some reason, the weather prognosticators were suggesting on Sunday evening that there was a “chance” for snow flurries.  So it was a bit of a surprise when I looked out the window Monday morning and saw that “flurries” had accumulated on the...
A white-tailed deer was  grazing along the shoreline at Cedar Lake near Pomona. A moment after the photograph was taken, the deer realized that it was being watched.
Truthfully, it might have been hard to determine who was more surprised by a rather brief encounter which occurred during the second afternoon of November at a popular Southern Illinois lake. The encounter involved a creature of the four-legged variety and another critter with a mere two legs. The...
Lurking in a tree top: a squirrel, with malicious intent likely on its mind, appeared to have some sort of projectile in its paws...just waiting for the right moment to drop it on an unsuspecting passerby...
Before we get started on the good stuff, let me just say that I looked at the calendar on Monday, just to make sure it was still November...and not December or January. At the time this was being crafted on Monday morning, the sky was gray...the wind was blowing...light, drizzly precipitation had...
Reenactors and visitors to the Fort Massac Encampment were silhouetted in bright sunshine in a blue sky, with a few clouds to be seen.
‘Tis the season for eyes glowing in the dark of night as a critter creeps in your direction...hissing...spitting...and then you realize that the critter is your own pet cat. One day last week, Bob went on an adventure. We have two pet kitties. Bob is the boisterous one. Full of energy. Capable of...
While wandering around on a recent sunny, autumn afternoon, I happened to notice this image of a turtle enjoying the day at a local pond.
As we sometimes do, this week you will be getting a little bit of this...and a little bit of that... ...first up, a mea culpa, which is fancy Latin, I think, for oops.  Last week, I shared my excitement about getting to touch a slice of rock from the moon. I said that the rock was about 4 billion...
A full moon in a crystal clear, cold winter night sky over Union County...the photograph was taken two days before Christmas in 2018.
Last Saturday night, I stepped out in our front yard to take a look at the moon. Did the same thing Sunday night. By Sunday night, a full moon was shining bright in a clear October sky. At one point on Saturday night, a wisp of a cloud appeared near the moon, creating a bit of a ghost-like image. A...
Night lights...an oncoming, northbound freight train, headlights on vehicles and streetlights helped to create this image.
Our sinuses seem to be improving. Maybe it was the drastic change in the weather. By the way, all of those who like the cooler temperatures, please raise your hand. A little bit more rain would be nice, too. My recent little sniffly sinus adventure didn’t keep me from trying to go for a walk every...
Thank goodness for squirrels. A photographer can always count on them for a photograph.
To tell you the truth, your writer was a bit concerned about how things would go this week, at least when it came to crafting yet another not-an-award-winning column. That’s why I am so grateful for squirrels...and a special event which unfolded over the weekend. Squirrels, as you know, are cute...

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