Deer Stare Down…

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deer.2 - CopyWe were driving on a country road in Southern Illinois when we stopped to watch a deer grazing in a field. I took this shot from the car–included the mirror in the frame to show that this was a roadside photo opp. Note in the enlarged photo that the deer is watching us while still chewing hay. And, by the way, this is one large deer.

Total Solar Eclipse in Makanda

DSC_0454 - CopyA month ago I stood in downtown Makanda, Illinois, an artsy kind of place with five storefronts facing railroad tracks on the other side of a country road.  I entered the Eclipse Kitchen in hopes of a decent lunch. I got one along with an $18 tank top explaining the name of the eatery and the expected economic effect of the coming total solar eclipse.

If I were to film the ideal location to witness that first total eclipse in 99 years in the United States, it would be here. The village is surrounded by green hills with wide open skies above. Google “Makanda” to get the town’s official eclipse pitch.