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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...
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...

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