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Snow means a feeder packed with birds

Feeders were packed yesterday. Snow seems to bring them all to the window.

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Season is over and the deer know it

Deer have been out in mass for the last week or so. Here’s a few (and a hawk and a turkey) from today during a ride with mom. It’s our first cruise…

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Lightning Strike Map

Last week mother nature tried to kill us with zero degree weather; 20 something below zero with wind chill. Today resembled the tropics at almost sixty degrees and now a major downpour…

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Great Horned Owl

Took a drive out to one of my favorite spots and stopped to walked the dog. I didn’t even see the bird in the tree until the dog and I had gotten…

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The big Christmas display in my tiny hometown

Growing up in the Ville there were just a handful of houses we knew to check out for the big displays. Back then there were a dozen or so that went all…

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Censorship a fetish for the left

While Musk continues censorship house cleaning at Twitter and touts an 80% free speech rate on his platform, censorship is alive and well at Facebook. To illustrate how ridiculous it has become…

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What a difference the right lens makes

I shoot a lot at a distance, and while my 300 mm does a decent job, it comes off soft. Dove off the cliff and snapped up a new lens, 600 mm,…

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The next full moon is a lunar eclipse and it happens on election day Nov. 8

Everything about the midterms have been crazy so why not add a little natural lunacy to the mix. I shot the attached images of the moon at 5:24 p.m. on Nov. 5,…

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Luca’s Chainsaw Carvings | Southern Illinois Craftsman

One of my favorite restaurants (Route 4 Restaurant) dropped a social media post earlier in the day that caught my attention. It wasn’t to announce another one of their tasty specials but…

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October in Pyramid State Recreational Area [images]

Pyramid State Park is one of Southern Illinois’ hidden gems. I visited the park over the weekend and wasn’t able to cover a fraction of the place in the couple of hours…

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Preparing for the FIRST frost | Gardening in October from Melissa K Norris

This month it’s gardening in October! I’m preparing the garden for our first fall frost and harvesting the produce that’s ready (but leaving the produce that’s not quite ready for harvest). This…

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Check out this GREAT garden calculator to determine the size garden needed to feed your family of…

There are many factors to consider when planning and calculating your family garden. How many people are in your family? If you plan to share with friends and family you’ll want to…

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Moonshine Xpress Aug 14, 2022 | Hideaway | Percy, IL

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The big bucks were out and about

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Country Cruise | Deer | 27Aug22

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Wildflower seeds you can gather on your own

Make your next garden project a wildflower garden. These gardens have many benefits and are more important than ever due to the decline in pollenating insects. Getting these types of gardens started…

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Country cruise with Lisa | Deer, wildflowers, and sunsets | 22Aug22

Just sharing the views of one of my country cruises with my best pal, Lisa.

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Out of nowhere…motorcross

Came around the corner in the middle of nowhere and what do I see? Motocross. Fun to watch and I got the impression he (?) didn’t mind our watching. Tell me what…

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Solid green (non variegated) Spider Plant

Botanical name: Chlorophytum comosumNative to South Africa (Zone 9-11) These easy-to-keep houseplants are beautiful and a little rare as they are not as easily found as their more common cousin, the variegated…

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Daily deer

Cruising the backroads in Southern Illinois never disappoints. There were deer around every corner but Mom and I ended up pulling right up alongside a set of triplets that were playing in…

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