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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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Rejected Pictures of the Day: August 22

August 22, 2010 at 10:11 PM

So what pictures get tossed into the digital garbage en route to a Picture of the Day?

Too many. Today was a perfect example.

Take the sign above. This was repainted on a building north of Elmwood. Lynn Shissler’s family was once in the seed corn business and they sold Funk’s G. So he had the sign repainted. My grandfather also sold Funk’s and every time I pass the sign I think of him.

The reason I passed the sign today was to go shoot guns with The Farmer and a bunch of guys from his church. It was an interesting group.

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And there was an interesting array of guns. My favorite part of the day was shooting a couple .410s. You really had to get on the targets to break them with these little pop-guns. But it sure meant more every time you succeeded.

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The other highlight of the day was seeing a new shooter break targets. This young man, Jordan, was shooting quite well by afternoon’s end.

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Naturally I spent some time today with the macro lens, chasing dragonflies and monarchs and settling for bees and bugs.

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When I got home, the fat Eurasian collared dove was perched on our fence. He just sat there and waited. Naturally, the second I got the camera up and focused, he flew up on top of the garage.

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Ah well. After that, I kept an eye on the oldest boy as he mowed. Which let me take pictures of bugs, including this butterfly which I am calling J-Lo (because this little flies’ best feature was its rear end).

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All those and I picked a toad for Picture of the Day? Maybe I need a better editor.


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