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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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April 7: Picture of the Day

April 07, 2010 at 09:56 AM

I had two decent ideas for a picture this morning. I knew I had to get something early, since I was headed to the office all day and the forecast for this evening looks dicey.

My first option was to get a picture of the fox kits in town. But as for the past few days, they did not cooperate by coming out of their den. I suspect the mother may actually have moved the group, since their den is in a fairly public place.

That left me with my backup pictures, which I shot first thing in my mini-prairie. One clump of little bluestem that I had burned a few weeks ago had two small, green sprouts coming up. One had two droplets of water on either side. I snapped a few pictures and hustled off, thinking they would be throwaway shots once I got the foxes.

Obviously, that was not true. What I learned again this morning was not to trust the monitor on my old Nikon. Things that look very much in focus on the monitor are not always in focus in real life. Oh well, I’ve got 362 more days to undo this error. Look for another picture of sprouts in a burned out little bluestem clump soon.


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