Blog: Words and images

Ibis looking back


If I made a list of the most common sights in Florida, an ibis — the subject of my photo of the week — would be somewhere near the top of the list. You see them every day.

They can be found in wetland areas, as expected, walking with their heads down looking for insects or crustaceans in muddy surfaces. That’s to be expected. Ibises are wetland birds, after all. Freshwater marshes, flooded pastures, swamps and mudflats are all likely feeding grounds.

But I’m not in marshes or mudflats every day.

NY reflection


I'm a sucker for photographs with reflections. Some of my favorite shots have reflected elements - buildings or other structures reflected by glass or still water, sunrises or sunsets reflected by water or glass, ducks reflected in a frozen lake, etc. Reflections make interesting images.

I know when I see a photo where a reflection is the primary subject, like this shot of a reflection of buildings in New York City’s World Financial Center, it tends to cause me to stop and study it. Maybe it’s because the photo shows a common scene in a somewhat distorted, uncommon way. …

Colorful wings


On most days when I head out with my camera I’m chasing photos of birds. Occasionally I come back with a photo of a butterfly, the subject of my featured gallery for July.

That’s not my goal, but it’s nice when it happens.

That’s the reason why nearly all of these butterfly photos were shot using my “bird set-up”:  the Canon EF 600mm f/4L telephoto lens I carry when I'm shooting wildlife. If I run across a butterfly in an interesting setting while I'm shooting wildlife I'll go ahead and get the shot.

Seed time

Chickadees are fun to watch, but difficult to photograph.

The birds are in constant motion, clinging to plant stems or trees — sometimes right-side up, sometimes upside down — in their never-ending search for food.

I found this chickadee, the subject of my photo of the week, bouncing from plant to plant at the edge of a forest in Sharon Woods Metro Park, north of Columbus, Ohio, on a late November morning. I grabbed about a dozen shots showing the bird in different positions but this is my favorite from the group.

Boulders in hollow


I enjoy taking photo hikes in the Hocking Hills region of Ohio. The waterfalls, deep, rocky gorges and towering, forested hills make Hocking Hills State Park one of my favorite areas for photography. It’s about an hour’s drive from my house, but it’s worth the trip.

I was hiking through Conkle’s Hollow in Hocking Hills State Park a few years ago when I came across these large boulders in a creek bed in a narrow gorge. It was early fall, so there were deep red and orange leaves on the water and on the boulders. …