Gila's Place

A menagerie of eclectic things…

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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, and I am over the moon happy with it. It will make stalking the deer easier and I cannot wait to use it at a horse show.

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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, 2022. The fullness of it caught my attention. I hadn’t realized the next full moon is on election day, and if that isn’t enough, it will be a full lunar eclipse. November 8: Total Lunar Eclipse | The full moon Tues. Nov. 8, 2022, at 6:02 a.m. EST (note the change from EDT to EST). The Moon will be close enough to opposite the Earth from the Sun that it will pass through the Earth’s shadow creating a total lunar eclipse. The Moon will…

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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 to bring attention to a local artist working on, showing, and selling his art outside the eatery. I had to check that out. Not a lot of artwork floating about the area and certainly no an artesian at work, on display. I rolled up to a simple displace of some really nice work. Whimsical, natural looking characters full of detail with those extra touches making the craftsmanship really pop. ((If Santa is reading… I love the gnome)) Works start at around $80 going up…

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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 I was there. I did, however, manage to get a few good shots of the beautiful blue skies and fall colors reflecting on the lakes as well as the giant cottonwoods, sycamores, and box elders reaching for the sky. There was of, of course, a critter or two along the way. Park models for the day: Armadillos. (See pics below.) Here’s a little about the park: When Pyramid Coal Company closed in 1959 the 954 acre piece of land ended up in the hands…

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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 can be expensive when you are buying seeds but it really doesn’t have to cost you an arm and leg because your don’t have to buy seeds. The best way to get seeds for your wildflower garden is to gather them yourself. I’m not even kidding. Next year’s garden means you have to start work in the fall by gathering seeds, cuttings, and tubers. Get in the car and head out into the countryside and hit the first gravel road you see. Just take…

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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 kid (or adult) wouldn’t have a blast with this track in the back yard?

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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 spider plant With long, slender, solid colored leaves, they are gorgeous in a hanging pot, on a desktop, or on a pedestal. Spider plants make a great household plant as they require low-indirect light, are very drought tolerant, require minimal feralization, and are fast growers. I allow mine to dry out between watering, only fertilize a couple of times over the winter, and keep them out of drafts. They will even do well in a northern window. Bonus for the spider plant is that…

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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 the ditch. Never did see their mom but I am sure she was around somewhere. We sat at watched them for several minutes and they only left when I got out of the vehicle for a closer look.

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Patty’s Party

What used to be a big pontoon party with the local gals has become an annual event at Patty’s. Beautiful place, great people, tons of food, and good times. If you have pics of the party, let me know and I will put them here with mine! I’ve already added some I snagged from Patty’s FB Page. Click the images for a larger view. You can scroll through them enlarged as well. Enjoy! Oh yeah! Comments are welcome. Pics Patty took….

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Hey, no. Nothing at all going on here

Just minding my own business, taking a few pics, and on my cruise past a local cattle lot I see something odd. There’s a goat in the middle of the hay ring, and all the way on the other side of the lot is the whole herd of cattle. To myself I think, “Has the goat commandeered the hay ring? Are the cows frightened of the goat?” Sometimes times I take shots that contain things I only see once I upload the images to my PC. This is one of my favorite things about photography. It enables me to see things I might otherwise have missed initially. So, look. Look close. I am sure the farmer…

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Romey’s last ride

I didn’t know it at the time, but last week, I took my final country cruise with my bestest dog and favorite copilot. Romey was diagnosed with Lymphoma, one of the most aggressive forms of cancer in dogs, just a few weeks ago. After an early morning emergency visit to the vet, I brought him home on a fist full of medicine hoping for a few more days. There were people I wanted him to be able to see just one more time. Granny, who he adores, Garrett who claimed him as his own twelve years ago, and Hudson who had been Romey’s “Kid” for the past year and a half. When I pulled in the…

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Independence celebrations back in the Bella Vista

Back home at the Bella Vista I enjoyed the yearly community celebration of freedom in someone else’s yard for the first time in 17 years. Not that I had never been invited, but aside from a couple of years that I had to work, I had my own deck full of company enjoying the day’s festivities. Michelle and John had Lisa and I over for great company, super tasty food, and a fabulous display of fireworks from the island in the lake from their backyard. It was a really nice time. Grabbed a couple of fireworks shots although I spent more time fiddling with the settings that shooting. It was fun experimenting and there are a…

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Hudson’s last home run of the season

And this time, I got him coming home. Last batter, last of the season. Home run! What a way to finish the season out.

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Just pics of a country cruise- deer and coons, a couple of baby bandits too.

You will have to excuse the quality of some of the deer pics. I should wash my windshield more often.

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A cruise to free the mind

As a kid, I got in trouble all the time for being late getting home. My mom imagined all kinds of things I might be out doing; none of which she approved of, and likely none of which I was doing. Truth is, most of the time, I was just out with friends, burning up gas on the backroads of Southern Illinois. Daylight or dark it was always great past time. Gas was no where near $5 a gallon back then. Fast forward three decades or so and I am back in my old stomping grounds. Some of the backroads look a little different; many paved that weren’t in my youth, but I can find my…

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Flood waters and wildflowers

Days and days of rain have kept the farmers out of their fields and gardeners chomping at the bit to turn a few rows. Boredom sent me on a country cruise on a rainy day and I was able to catch a few cool sites. The flood waters are fierce and the wildflowers are plentiful! Click the images for a larger view and description; arrow through.

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