I had a pretty good haul over the weekend at the decoy show. Shown above are the three new additions to the shelves here. On the left is a Red Knot carved by Jim Slack of Pekin, IL. In the center is a Bufflehead hen decoy made by Jim Williams of Normal, IL. A couple years back I purchased one of Jim's male Buffleheads so now they are a pair.
On the far right of the trio is a cool little homage to a woodpecker effigy created by Hopewell or Mississipian cultures along the Illinois River. It was made by Dean Hurliman of Burlington, IA.
I think I appreciate decoys because so many things intersect at one point: history, birds and nature, folk art, and hunting.