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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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April 9: Picture of the Day

April 09, 2010 at 05:09 PM

With little time for clicking this morning (after running through a bean field in pursuit of a gobbler), I snapped some pictures of a few egrets in a strip-mine lake near Wildlife Prairie State Park. Given time, they would have been good subjects, since they were a pair on their territory. But I didn’t have time so I hastily snapped a few pictures and headed off.

Then at work, Journal Star photographer David Zalaznik showed me a close-up shot he had taken of a cattle egret. Real tight picture. Real nice Made my shots look horrible. So naturally, I had to scramble.

After leaving work I hustled to a park near the Illinois River. It’s a secluded little park. When I pulled up, there was one wormy-looking guy in a car there with his window open. He winked at me. I don’t think it was an accident that he winked.

But I didn’t have time to worry about that. I needed a picture. So I ignored him and walked into the park.

There I found the definition of an urban goose: a gander posed in front of graffiti. As it turns out, I kind of like this picture. But as I worked to get a better shot, the gander got mad. Then he got real mad, hissing and raising and lowering his head. No doubt his mate is on a nest nearby. Anyway, the gander ended up chasing me all the way back to my truck. Fortunately the winking guy was gone.

But it did make me stop and think: this is Day 5 of a supposed 365-day project. Yikes.

No question this project will kill me.

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