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One of my favorite photographs from our visits to the Fort Massac Encampment. The image was captured at the 2015 encampment...and was used on the cover of a tourism publication which we create here at the paper.
So, the plan was, on the morning of the third Saturday in October, we would get in the car, motor to Metropolis, and spend part of our day at the Fort Massac Encampment. The plan might have flashed through my simple little mind months and months and months ago... ...of course, my plan did not take...
A couple of fossils discovered by yours truly while wandering around in Union County. Believe they are fossils of critters called brachiopods.
This week, we’re making note of National Fossil Day, which was celebrated around the world and throughout the universe on October 14 with parades, hoopla and lots of other exciting activities. Speaking of fossils, let’s start with something I saw about a Tyrannosaurus rex fossil skeleton which sold...
A face only a mother could love...a possum ended up in a live trap in our backyard one night last week. A possum was not what we had planned to catch. Important message: No animal was harmed during the taking of this photograph.
This week, as we do sometimes, we’ll offer up a helping of a little bit of this...and a little bit of that... Ugh... ...had to go outside first thing Monday morning to take care of frost on the windshield. Yup. Frost. On October 5. Seems just a little bit early. Wonder if that means it will snow on...
The moon, as it appeared last Saturday night in a clear, early autumn sky over Union County.
You folks probably knew that International Observe  the Moon Night was last Saturday. No? I didn’t either.  While scrolling through exciting stuff on my tablet early last Saturday evening, I came across a story about...you guessed it...International Observe the Moon Night. Further research on the...
Kind of creepy? Or, maybe more likely, your writer’s imagination has gone just a little bit overboard. Take a close look at this pic of a sweet gum tree. See anything?
Once again, this week’s word adventure began when your writer went on a walk...or two... Let’s start with our word for the week, which, as the caption under one of the photographs declares, is “xeric. Xeric, it seems, is a word which means the opposite of wet.  I’ll be honest with you. Until last...
A butterfly landed on the photographer’s shirt sleeve. Just a moment before, the same butterfly had landed on the photographer’s leather watch band. Trying a take a photograph of a butterfly which has landed on you is not exactly the easiest thing in the world to do.
Last week, I mentioned in this space that I had run out of words, so there were several big pictures of critters instead. I also mentioned that you didn’t have to worry, because I had ordered some words on Amazon. That was kind of a joke.  Should have known better. Little did I know, but you can...
This week, we’re going to start with an appetizer before the main course..a pair of cucumbers that grew together and a potato that resembles a mouse... Cheri Beegle of Cobden grew the unusual cucumber/s. Her niece, Bekkah Schemonia of Pomona, grew the potato...with ears...and a tail...in her garden.
At the time I started writing this Sunday night, the weather forecast was suggesting that we might get to experience the tail end of a hurricane this week... ...well, now, I suppose that figures. After all, we haven’t had a hurricane yet. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens... ...not...
We’ve had a lot of rain lately, but I didn’t think it was that much rain...this image, captured one evening last week while the photographer was on a walkabout, brought scripture to mind...from Genesis: “...and the dove came back to him in the evening; and there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf...” This dove probably didn’t have a freshly plucked olive leaf.
This week, we’ll start with something funny (well, we hope it’s funny)...something disappointing...something a little bit spacy...and then, well, who really knows? The Other Half uncovered this little gem in social media land and shared it with yours truly...it’s called... “If 2020 were a math...
A crescent moon was shining brightly in the summer sky Thursday night, July 23.
This week, we’re going to shoot the moon, so to speak. We’re kinda havin’ to do that because Plan A didn’t work out, as sometimes happens. Here’s a bit of a follow-up to a previous item... ...yours truly spent some more outside in the dark of night in what proved to be several fruitless attempts to...
Lightning flashed through the sky on Wednesday night, July 15. The lighter part of the picture was lightning, which I somehow managed to photograph.
It was a dark and stormy night... Before we get to the good stuff, just wanted to ask: has anybody managed to spot the comet which is supposed to have been visible in the early morning...and early in the night...sky? From what I understand, the comet is called something like C/2020 F3 NEOWISE*....

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