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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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August 4: Picture of the Day

August 04, 2010 at 09:44 PM

For the past few weeks, I’ve been waking each morning expecting to see “Some Pig” spelled out in the spider web draped across the opening to our back sliding glass door.

Instead, I walk out, duck under the day’s new web and go on my business. About 50 percent of the time, I get web in my hair. The spider is nowhere to be seen during the day and only emerges at nigth. And we’ve kind of come to a truce. If she stays in the upper corner, away from the opening, the web does not get much damage.

Understand, that’s not like me. It’s not like me to let a big, baby-filled spider live in a doorway to my house without doing a thing. I kill spiders all the time, often in comically inept fashion. And I sweep webs and spiders away from various spots around the house every few days.

But this one has survived. I suspect she’s very close to having babies and unleashing tiny spiders everywhere around my back deck. That’s OK. I watched her for a few minutes this evening while taking pictures. She scurried around fixing her web, caught a mosquito, then a fly, then some green bug. I still remember reading “Charlotte’s Web” as a kid. She won’t be around much longer. There will be time soon to sweep away that web. For now, I am content to coexist.


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