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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 8: Picture of the Day

April 08, 2010 at 07:58 PM

This flower of a magnolia stellata was not the picture you were supposed to be seeing today.

But maybe it worked out well that my work computer somehow decided to eat an entry.

Let me explain.

Earlier today I snapped a few pictures of wild turkeys on one of my favorite auto-scouting routes. They were not great photos, but one of them would have sufficed. So before I left work this evening, I loaded the picture into a Scattershooting entry to be finished later this evening after I got home.

Well, a strange thing happened between Peoria and Elmwood. By the time I sat down to finish that entry, there was no entry. And I had formatted the memory card, so there were no files there to draw from. So either I was going to have to drive back to Peoria to retrieve the photo off my computer, or I was going to have to scramble fast and get a shot.

Further complicating the issue was the fact my wife had left me with the three boys this evening. That meant there could be no quick jaunt into the wild (since they do nothing quickly and since it was nearly bedtime).

While they watched SpongeBob, I ran outside in a panic, hoping perhaps I could find the dead mouse our cat had killed earlier in the day.

Failing that, I looked around, my glance as always straying to the star magnolia. To me they are the most regal of all flowering shrubs. The white flowers smell good and are gorgeous. But they are also tempermental and some years an early frost kills them off. This year was fortunate. The magnolia flowered beautifully and just in time for Easter Sunday.

Alas, the flowers may be gone by morning if we get the frost predicted. So in an odd way, I’m glad to get a chance to showcase one picture of my favorite flowering shrub.


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