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You couldn’t really tell (well, I couldn’t), but a lunar eclipse was underway when this photograph was taken late, late Sunday night...or maybe it was early, early Sunday morning. I wasn’t paying close attention to the exact time...
The conditions on Monday were just right for doing something I had not done in a while. With the wind gusting up to around 50 miles per hour Monday afternoon, it seemed to make sense to toss some letters up into the air and see where they landed. It worked. Thank you, Mother Nature, for helping me...
Oh, deer...  One day last week, I was motoring through metropolitan Anna and happened to spot this “critter” along a city street. I drove on for a block, turned around, went back to have another look. I’m guessing there’s a story...
Oh, deer... One day last week, I was motoring through metropolitan Anna and happened to spot this “critter” along a city street. I drove on for a block, turned around, went back to have another look. I’m guessing there’s a story... Meanwhile... The Other Half and yours truly were doing our best...
Perfect timing...perfect pose...The Other Half and yours truly saw a bald eagle which was perched high in a tree along Illinois Route 146 near the Union County State Fish and Wildlife Area.
How can it be December already? This week, once again, bear with me as we take a look at a little bit of this...and a little bit of that... We’ll start with many, many apologies to the spirit of John Lennon... ...and so this is Christmas... ...and you can tell that it’s “officially” Christmas when...
Time for a Movie... This cooler weather has reminded me that winter is just around the corner. I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things to do is curl up on the couch under a blanket and watch movies.  Stinson Library has a huge collection of DVD’s you can check out for seven days....
This an “authentic” photograph of a squirrel. The real deal. The photograph is not a deepfake. Just ask the squirrel. He (she?) lives in the neighborhood. Really.
Don’t know about you...but this “old guy” was not ready for temperatures to be in the 20s... The winter-like cold in late November, accompanied by a nice, clear sky, meant that I had to start the first day of a new “work” week by making a rather significant layer of frost on my vehicle go away....
A hawk made a brief stop atop a utility pole along the State Forest Road last Sunday afternoon. The hawk’s colors stood out in the light of an autumn afternoon.
Thank you, Dueling Pianos guys. Don’t know if you’ll read this, but I’m grateful for the song you chose to share when you passed by my vantage point at last Saturday’s Veterans Day parade in Anna. I had found a spot near Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church which offered a good place for photographing the...
Clouds filled much of the sky over Union County last Saturday morning. The image was captured during a stop along Aldridge Road, between metropolitan Cobden and Illinois Route 127.
Every once in a while, I figure it might be nice to create a scrapbook featuring some of the images yours truly has stumbled across during the latest chapter in The Journey Through Life.  While out wandering around during the past week right here in Union County, I came across all sorts of things...
Zero the ghost-dog and Jack Skellington are featured in several Pumpkin Town displays at the Anna City Park.
With apologies to Bullwinkle Jay Moose, we’re going to begin this week with... Hey, Rocky, watch me pull a column out of my hat... Some of you of a certain age may remember famous cartoon celebrities Bullwinkle Jay Moose and his partner, Rocket “Rocky” J. Squirrel. Rocky and Bullwinkle came to...
An up-close look at the Mississippi River in Grand Tower during a visit last Friday afternoon.
Once again this week, we’re offering a little bit of this...a little bit of that...a veritable potpourri of the writer’s musings, adventures and other things to waste your valuable time... Here we go... Look...up in the sky...it was a bird...nope...it was a plane...nope...Superman? Don’t think so....
A tiger swallowtail butterfly was making its way...slowly...across a creek bed at the Trail of Tears State Forest.
Let’s start this week with some football. After all, nothing says football like 90-degree temperatures, with a whole bunch of Southern Illinois humidity thrown in just for the heck of it. Not all that long ago, back in the Before Times, yours truly looked forward to sitting down on a Saturday...

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