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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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September 9: Picture of the Day

September 09, 2010 at 10:06 PM

When we moved into the house, one of my early battles with my wife was the light over the shed door.

She hated the fact that it beamed over the yard all night.

I loved that fact it beamed over the yard all night.

Six years later, the light beams on. And aside from the million bugs that gather outside my shed door, I still like the light.

Well, this year, others have learned to love the light, too. Nearly eery night when I wander out to the shed, a fat toad is sitting under the door stoop, waiting for bugs drawn to the light above.

And this morning, early, I spotted this little fellow sitting on the siding. Though I’m no frog expert, I’d say he’s a gray tree frog—the first I’ve seen in my yard, though I’ve heard them calling often.

Anyway, the more I watched and clicked, the warier he became. First he hunkered back into this piece of trim around a window. Eventually, he slipped into a crack somewhere and disappeared entirely. My guess is he lives inside the siding, emerging only after dark to enjoy the bounty from the light.

One more reason I won that small battle.


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