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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 16: Picture of the Day

April 16, 2010 at 07:22 AM

The red foxes did not cooperate this morning. Too dark. Too wet. And they went to bed too early.

So oldest son Henry and I drove off, looking for turkeys in the fields.

No luck there, either.

But we did get pictures of a red-winged blackbird, which Henry said is his favorite bird. (His least favorite: the Cardinal, for baseball reasons.) And we saw a pair of mallards and snapped some blurry shots of a pair of blue-winged teal.

And then we came across some wild asparagus in a ditch. One of the stalks had already gone to seed. But we were able to pick three nice stalks and to leave a few more still to come. It will be interesting to see how quickly they grow.

We found the asparagus at the end of Hilly Road, right near the spot where we had a minor collision with another vehicle last summer. That was on the way to go fishing after I had spotted the asparagus in the ditch and backed up for a closer look. Next thing we knew, bang, somebody had rear-ended us. The boys will never forget that fishing trip. This time ended much sweeter. Asparagus for supper and no dented bumper.

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