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Whistling a happy tune? This high quality image is the silhouette of a black-bellied whistling duck. Really. It is. But you probably knew that. Right?
This week, we’re gonna be whistlin’ ducksie...and doing a little bit of deer hunting... ...sorry about “gonna”... ...and “whistlin’ ducksie”... ...and, no, I did not go deer hunting, at least not in the traditional sense of the word. I’m thinking that would have been vaguely illegal. A couple of...
Our little adventure included a somewhat unexpected walk along the Mighty Mississippi River at Grand Tower on a warm and sticky summer evening.
Corn and soybeans. Soybeans and corn. That, in a few words, is pretty much what Illinois is all about. Well, at least in the view of a young fellow in North Carolina. We’ll get back to corn and soybeans in just a bit. First, an update: you will note that there is a picture of a bird, of some kind,...
Australian wood duck? This, dear friends, is not a duck. Of any kind. Don’t even think it’s waterfowl. It’s an emu. In Australia. Really. Took the picture myself. Long ago, on a continent far, far away.
G’day, duck. One evening last week, yours truly stepped outdoors...and was instantly reminded that Southern Illinois can get rather hot and humid during the summer time. So hot and humid, as a matter of fact, that I actually saw dragonflies which were breathing fire. Sorry. That probably doesn’t...
Here we go again...stripes in the sky on Thursday evening, June 28, suggested that something ominous was about to happen. And it did. We had yet another round of stormy weather, including a deluge, strong winds, yada, yada, yada...
Dear Diary, Well, Dear Diary, you are probably somewhat surprised to be getting this note. Mainly because, well, I don’t have a diary. Never have.  Probably should have, though. That way, I would have a wealth of information to use in my upcoming Pulitzer Prize winning memoirs. By the way, once...
Kenny Corzine of Dongola had a hole-in-one while playing golf Thursday, June 28, at the Union County Country Club course in Anna. Corzine aced the 107-yard, par 3 sixth hole at the country club. He was using a 9 iron. The shot was witnessed by Mark Corzine, Jerry Duckworth, Daniel Osman and Chris...
I really thought we were safe in the newspaper business.   However, that all changed recently with the shooting at the newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland, that told a different story. Five journalists were gun downed by a deranged individual upset with the newspaper. So, what is going on? Have...
A robin in a bare tree..
Just in case you wondering, and we’re sure you were, there are only something like 179 shopping days until Christmas. And, oddly enough, if the editor’s official calendar is correct, today is day number 179 of 2018. Sorry to mention such things, but there had to be a way to segue into what we’re...
Now what? An inch worm paused and may have been pondering its next move while living on the edge one afternoon last week. The critter was wandering around on the writer’s desk.
WARNING to readers: Blame whatever follows on the fact that your writer spent way too much time out in the heat and humidity last weekend. And, boy, was it hot. It was so hot that a little water fountain The Other Half has in the backyard was puffing out little clouds of steam Sunday afternoon. It...
What are these creatures? We’ve all seen them as they buzz around in little clouds. They look kind of like tiny grains of white rice as they move together through the air.
A fellow traveler on the Journey Through Life mentioned to me one day last week that recent columns didn’t seem to involve much writing. The traveler was correct. Your writer has been using more photographs lately, mainly because your writer liked the photographs, and thought a few other folks...
A pileated woodpecker appeared to be grinning at the photographer when the picture was taken. Two of the big birds were actually hanging around at the time, at a location which will remain, well, secret. I will say that it was on the North American continent.
Oh, no. He’s doing it again this week. Pictures of birds and a snake... ...sometimes, you just have to go dig in the dirt, or take pictures of birds, or get face to face with the rocks in a creek bed... Such was the case last weekend. The Other Half and yours truly just needed to do some things...

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