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A blue tailed skink was enjoying the warmth on some rocks at the time this photograph was taken. And, yes, the critter's tail really was blue.
Honestly folks...you can’t say that you weren’t warned about the image of the snake, which we will get back to in just a bit... ...just because I can’t think of anything else to call this week’s adventure, we’re going with Close Encounters of the Critter Kind. Actually, make that Critters. As in a...
As often happens, a photo, especially in black and white, doesn’t really do justice to the beauty of the bluffs at LaRue-Pine Hills. Snake Road is at the base of the bluffs.
As promised, this week is Part 2 of your writer’s sort of adventures in Southern Illinois. Last week, in Part 1, as you may recall, was about goats and cliffs and other such things. In Part 2, we intentionally go looking for snakes. Really. “We” would be a visitor we welcomed over the Labor Day...
Sometimes, pictures really don’t do justice to what you can see at Giant City State Park. Figured I’d try, though. The bluffs were on the Stone Fort Nature Trail at the park. Two kind persons on the trail agreed to pose for a photograph to help offer some perspective to the scenery.
A couple of weeks ago, we welcomed a special visitor from the north. Since we had a visitor, we decided to go on an adventure or two. Actually, I’m not sure that “adventure” would be the right word for what we did. Adventure implies some sort of derring-do. Heroes go on adventures. We did not do...
Due to the big holiday on Monday, those of us who toil at The Paragraph Factory once again had to adjust our deadlines. That meant yours truly had to come up with another not-an-award-winning column on Thursday. Because Thursday was Friday. Or, maybe Monday. Friday became Monday. Monday was what...
This photo has absolutely nothing to do with frozen brain waves. I just liked the image of a quiet Union County Fair in Anna and the hill off in the distance. The photograph was taken early Saturday morning from the grounds of the nearby Union County Country Club.
Over the weekend, my brain waves froze. Seems like I came down with a bad case of the rockin’ pneumonia. Or some other ailment that might give a person the boogie, woogie blues. Before we get to that: a follow-up. A couple of weeks ago, I made note of the frustration of dealing with an online...
This would probably be my favorite pic of all. I don’t usually run into talking squirrels while I’m out and about. This bushy-tail was munching on an apple while hanging out on a utility wire of some sort. The critter asked if wanted a bite. (In case you are wondering: No, I did not consume some of the mushrooms. Yes, I have spent way too much time in the summer heat and humidity.)
This week, we’re treating you to a veritable potpourri of pictures, a plethora of photographs, some incredible images...oops, getting a bit carried away... What you see this week would be some of the things the photographer has spotted while wandering here and there in the summer heat and humidity...
Dragonflies probably don’t have to worry much about dealing with a bureaucracy. Spending a little bit of time in their world offers at least a bit of a break from the tumult of the “real world.”
After a couple of rather frustrating, but not totally expected, experiences involving a major bureaucracy, a brisk walk in the company of trees, flowers, birds, dragonflies and fish seemed like a good thing to do. Without going into all of the gruesome details, let me just say that bureaucracies...
Birds on a wire...a dove and a robin did a little bit of a do-si-do on a utility wire on a summer evening last week...
This week...we bring you a sequel: “Stupid Is, As Stupid Does – Episode 2: The Return of the Pain...” ...and, if we get around to it, you’ll get a bit of an explanation about the photographs of the birds. You may, or may not, recall that a couple of weeks ago, your writer, for reasons unknown,...
Sometimes, there’s nothing better to do on a hot summer day than to take a cat nap, especially if you happen to be a cat.
Goodness...how is this possible? Here we are, on the 25th day of July...2019 keeps moving along at a much faster pace than necessary... A week from today, August will make what most likely will be pretty much of an unheralded arrival. For those of us here at The Paragraph Factory, August brings the...
Hopeful vulture? Looked out of our kitchen window Sunday evening after doing something really stupid and saw this...not really...
“Stupid is as stupid does.” And a box of chocolates wouldn’t have helped much. The chocolates just would have melted. As you may know, “Stupid is as stupid does” were words uttered by a fellow named Forrest Gump. Mr. Gump, as you also may know, was featured in a film of the same name. Tom Hanks,...

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