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Isn't it cute? A skunk paid a visit to our little corner of the world a few years ago. Truth be told, they are kind of cute... This, by the way, is what we refer to as a "file photo." The photographer would like to think that he has more "old-fashioned" common sense than to go out in the dark looking for a skunk...read on to find out what we're talking about...
Before we get to the good stuff this week, allow me to share a special moment of living in rural America which we experienced last Sunday evening... Yours truly was busy doing something important on the computer. Unexpectedly, a familiar, and unpleasant aroma, filtered through our humble abode....
As you might guess, the dangling tree limb really wasn’t supposed to be where it was...the tree limb apparently broke during last Friday’s stormy weather.
All of those in favor of a day or two without torrential downpours, hail, strong winds, thunder and lightning, raise your hand... ...with the seemingly apocalyptic weather we’ve been having lately in mind, let’s just figure that sometimes, life kind of goes where you don’t think it might go... Take...
A young fan who was attending a golf program at the Union County Country Club last week was wearing a St. Louis Blues jersey.
Back in the day...and we’re talking way, way, way back in the day...a goofy, geeky kid stood in the dark outside the old St. Louis Arena (may it rest in peace).  The kid was hoping to get some autographs of the players on his favorite professional hockey team. The kid spotted a car. A young woman...
Egrets (well, I think they are egrets) might be creatures which actually are enjoying all of the rain we’ve been having. They were looking for mid-afternoon snacks last Friday on a water-covered portion of the Refuge Road at the Union County State Fish and Wildlife Area near Ware.
Here we are again. Another flood of a lifetime. We’ll blame it on the devil. We’ll get back to Beelzebub in a few sentences. Before we focus on Old Scratch, a little bit about the photographs you get to see this week. These are just a few of the pics yours truly has taken during the past couple of...
Up close...and personal...with a Canada goose. The critter actually was quite cooperative for this photograph. Got close enough to see the whites in its eyes...well, if it had whites in its eyes...
Back in the day, sometime in the not-so-distant past, a sports writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote a column which sometimes delved into what I believe he called “random streams of consciousness.” The columnist might have called the little gems that he wrote something else, too. It was a...
A zombie raccoon, no doubt with evil intentions, glared at the photographer, who interrupted an evening sojourn in an oak tree.
Maybe we shouldn’t have poked fun at zombie raccoons. Last week, as you may recall, or maybe not, we mentioned the presence of so-called “zombie raccoons” in a community up near Chicago. Apparently, the zombie raccoons read the paper. They got the word out, and the next thing I know, a raccoon with...
Mother Goose, or maybe it was Father Goose, can’t say for sure, was probably giving the photographer the stink eye when he got just a little bit too close to the little ones. The little gooses pretty much didn’t seem like they care much about the creature taking their picture.
Critters have been giving yours truly lots of stink eye during recent adventures on The Journey Through Life... ...before we focus on stink eye stuff, allow me to share something else that we all need to worry about. I ran across a little article in the May 16 issue of USA TODAY which reported some...
Here we go again...water was over part of the Old Cape Road between Jonesboro and Reynoldsville last Saturday morning. At the time the photograph was taken, light rain was falling.
For the ever-so-briefest of moments, I closed my eyes and was driving down South Broadway Street in Lexington, Kentucky... ...the ever-so-familiar sounds of the Journey song “Don’t Stop Believin’” are coming from the car’s radio... ...and the moment had to be really, really brief, ‘cause I really,...
Something somewhat unexpected: The picture has nothing to do with modern technology or the National Hockey League playoffs. While photographing the recent River to River Relay, yours truly spotted something that seemed, well, somewhat unexpected. Two roosters were hanging around on a the back porch at a house in my hometown. They were kind enough to pose for a photograph, and then wandered off to do whatever roosters do on a Saturday morning.
All I wanted to know was the score of the game. (By the way, if you don’t care about sports, and ice hockey in particular, you can stop reading right now.) Last Saturday night, The Other Half and yours truly were motoring back home from Anna. I turned on the car’s radio, which, for some reason,...
Petals from blossoms on a magnolia tree looked like fallen snow. Let me just add that I think it was a magnolia tree. My tree identification skills are about as shaky as my bird identification skills.
In the “it was so warm and windy last Thursday” category... ...it was so warm and windy last Thursday in Union County that when I drove by a pasture along the highway, I saw a horse fly... ...get it...a horse fly...as in a horse flying in the wind...oh, never mind... This week, we’re going to take...

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