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A pair of hummingbirds seemed to be having a bit of a rough and noisy standoff at a feeder last Sunday afternoon.
Once again this week, we’ll ponder a little bit of this...and a little bit of that... We sure could use some rain. Last Sunday afternoon, it looked like we had a good shot at some precipitation, at least based on what the weather radar was showing online. However, not a single drop fell on our...
A hawk...on a very, very hot day...
A writer much more famous, and much more talented, than yours truly, once penned a novel titled “The Winter of Our Discontent.” The author’s name was John Steinbeck. Maybe you’ve heard of him. Or maybe you’ve heard of his dog, Charley... I do not think that “The Winter of Our Discontent” had...
Special sighting...yours truly does not recall ever seeing an image like this. The two hawks were spotted in a tree during a recent walkabout in Union County.
A few musings by an old guy as we look forward to a heat index of 115 degrees... Just wondering...are posted speed limits, highway signs (like the ones that command “STOP”) and those stripes on the highways just mere suggestions these days? Our local “weather guy” reported that the heat index at 12...
Good buddies? Every once in a while, everybody, including squirrels, needs a little bit a reassurance that everything will be OK.
“Rough, groovy surface” the black letters on the orange, diamond-shaped sign along the highway declared. A scene from one of my favorite movies came to mind. The scene was in the movie “Field of Dreams.” In the scene, the movie’s main character, played by Kevin Costner, attempts to meet a reclusive...
A pair of egrets had found a nice place in a local farm pond to watch the world around them on a sunny spring afternoon.
Ugh...Monday morning...went out to the car...had to scrape frost off the windshield of the car...on the 24th day of April. Guess we might as well look forward to snow flurries on July 4th... Meanwhile...  I asked The Other Half Monday night if we had received our invitation to the coronation of...
An armadillo wandered into our yard, and the neighbor’s yard, on a sunny day last fall. As noted in a previous column, the critter did not seem concerned at all about the presence of a human being with a camera.
Did you happen to see the story about the moose that was on the loose up north? As in Alaska. Specifically, the moose was on the loose in Anchorage, Alaska, according to a story, accompanied by a photograph, which appeared in the April 10 issue of USA TODAY. Or maybe it was a photograph accompanied...
A Canada goose looked like it might have been trying to make friends with some turtles on a log one afternoon last week at the pond at the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds in Jonesboro. The turtles did not seem to be very interested in their visitor.
So many things to write about...and so little time... Didn’t expect to wake up and see frost on the windshield Tuesday morning. And yet, there it was...with a promise of more to come on Wednesday morning... Meanwhile*... For all of you sports fans out there, let’s start with a little bit of soccer...
The wind was blowing so hard last Friday morning that it caused the entire Jonesboro Square to tilt. Or, maybe the photographer just couldn’t hold his camera steady... This week’s column makes mention of Mr. Lincoln...and some other good stuff, too...
Oh. My. Gosh. Did you see snow flurries falling last Sunday morning? At about 8 a.m. in the little corner of the world your writer calls home. The flurries lasted for about 30 seconds... ...and were followed by spring’s arrival on Monday... Meanwhile... Last Thursday afternoon, I paid a visit to...
Yup...another pic of a pileated woodpecker. The photographer just finds them to be fascinating birds. This one was seen last week in Union County.
After getting home from another exciting day of editing copy, generating a couple of actual stories and taking a few photographs, I suggested to The Other Half on Monday evening that it might be good to check the calendar. Given how some of the events of the day had unfolded, I was starting to...
Strange birdfellows? Your writer consulted with a fellow scribe at The Paragraph Factory if “strange birdfellows” seem appropriate for this image of a mockingbird and a killdeer. The fellow scribe was OK with it.
Once again this week, we’re going to go with a little  bit of this...and a little bit of that... Is it just me, or does the wind pretty much just keep on blowing...day...after day...after day...? It’s been nice seeing crocuses and daffodils... Meanwhile... Yours truly went for a walk (big surprise...

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