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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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May 18: Picture of the Day

May 18, 2010 at 07:13 AM

Sunlight in the morning can be a frustrating thing as a photographer.

Take today. I started prowling the countryside at 6:10 a.m. under cloud cover.

By 6:48 the clouds were mostly gone to the east and the sunlight was warming everything up wonderfully.

At 6:53 I spotted a pair of wood ducks in one of my favorite wet spots in a Peoria County cornfield.

At 6:53:20 clouds drifted in front of the sun.

At 6:54 the wood ducks got nervous and flushed out of the pond.

What you see above is one of eight frames I was able to snap. Not great. Not terrible, given the conditions. And really, that’s pretty much as good as it gets right now with baseball season here. Between work, baseball and helping get kids off to school, there’s not much time to get a Picture of the Day.

But I was encouraged today. I found a new pair of mallards (no mallard pictures yet, I happily noted). I saw more rabbits today than I have for the past two months combined. And there’s plenty of evidence to suggest the foxes are still hanging around their den. So one of these mornings, when the sun is right, look for another gleaming fox or mallard picture. Better yet, a gleaming picture of a fox with a rabbit in its mouth.


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