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Hundreds, perhaps thousands, maybe millions, of lady bugs were congregating in the structure which your intrepid photographer visited during Sunday afternoon's adventure.
"I still haven't found what I'm looking for..." ...the song of the same name, I think, by the aging rock music group U2 seemed appropriate as I headed home last Sunday afternoon after another forest bathing experience. By the way, Bono, the guy in charge of U2, should know better than to end the...
An extremely rare wood vine snake, seen on the left, had wrapped around its prey when it was spotted on one of my walkabout misadventures. The wood vine snake, which is generally an extremely shy creature whose only natural enemy is a termite, often does not show its head.
One of the biggest days of the year is fast approaching. Without an onslaught of TV commercials, special preparations in stores or even choirs practicing their favorite music of the season. We're talking about the imminent arrival of April 1th, which, if my calendar is correct, once again is going...
I’ve always enjoyed American Legion baseball. My interest began when I was a very young child chasing foul balls at the Murphysboro City Park baseball diamond for the American Legion baseball team.  My father, who was the head umpire in charge, made it all worth while and would give me 25 cents for...
This picture has absolutely nothing to do with wood chips, daffodils or geology. I just liked the pic, and it made me think of a couple of songs, too..."Time for Me to Fly" and "I'll Fly Away."
So many things to learn about...and so little time...but, before we get started...a bit of a... ...WARNING: Some, if not most, of the stuff in this week's colyum could well interest one or two people. Maybe three. Maybe not... ...here we go... ...during the past week or so, I learned that... ......
Daffodils...on Friday evening...yours truly took this picture during my daily walk. Snow was in the forecast for Friday night...
Ugh! Monday morning. Here again! Wake up! It's still dark! Look outside! And, in the immortal utterance of the legendary blockhead Charlie Brown, "AAARRRGGGHHHH!!!" Complete with a whole bunch of exclamation points!!!! Just so you know, this writer absolutely does not like exclamation points! Don't...
"DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN." Folks of a certain age may recognize the first three words in this week's colyum. Those three words made up a banner headline which appeared in an early edition of the November 3, 1948, issue of the Chicago Daily Tribune newspaper. Dewey and Truman were the candidates for...
I can tell you that this is a picture of a dragonfly. I can also tell you that even though it's been unseasonably warm, I have not seen any dragonflies out and about. This is what we call a file photo.
Up until a couple of weeks ago, I had never heard of fen communities. I had never heard of the Hine's emerald dragonfly. Now, I know at least a little bit, with the emphasis on "little," about fen communities and the Hine's emerald dragonfly. On Tuesday evening, February 21, your intrepid...
The cupboard is not going to be bare for the Anna-Jonesboro and Cobden high school boys’ basketball teams next year. A-J and Cobden each return the nucleus of their teams next season.  The Wildcats finished the season with an 11-19 record after a loss in the Class 2A regional tournament at Trico. ...
Squirrel. Sciurus carolinensis? Rodent. Cute? Of course, in a rodent sort of way.*
Cute: Squirrel. Not So Cute: Opossum. AKA Just Plain Ol' Possum. This week's little adventure began when your writer went for a daily walk one evening last week. As I stepped off our front porch, I could hear a dog barking, somewhere out in the dark. For the sake of filling space, we'll call it a...
You'll find out about the pictures soon enough...just keep on reading... This week, we're going to get a little windy. Call it catch-up time... You may have noticed that last week's colyum was, well, somewhat lacking. Well, I hope you noticed. At the time I wrote the item, I was not feeling all...

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