Blog: Words and images

Geese and rising sun

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It’s Sunday, so it’s time for another photo of the week and the story behind the image.

I typically avoid carrying any extra equipment when I’m on one of my wildlife photo hikes. My Canon 600mm f/4 super telephoto lens, camera and monopod provide more than enough weight to carry on a four or five mile hike over hills and through fields.

But on this November morning in 2007 I decided to throw one extra lens — a normal to short telephoto zoom — into a light backpack before I left the house.

Long day

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It’s Sunday, so it’s time for another photo of the week and the story behind the image.

I get mixed feelings whenever I see an orangutan or a gorilla in a zoo.

It’s great to be able to view such impressive animals, especially when they are active — running, swinging and behaving as they do in the wild.

But it’s sad to watch if the animal seems depressed from years of captivity.

This orangutan at the Columbus Zoo was resting when I shot this photo. …

Baby birds

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Bird photography in late spring and summer can provide an observant photographer opportunities for "family" photos. 

For instance, tracking a bird carrying a worm or insect can lead to shots of babies being fed in the nest. Or ignoring a parent bird hovering over your head can lead to shots of fledglings testing their independence.

The photos in my featured gallery for August show a variety of fledglings shot in parks in Central Ohio. …

Berry meal

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It’s Sunday, so it’s time for another photo of the week and the story behind the image.

I see a lot of House Finches in our area, like this male House Finch feeding on berries in Sharon Woods Metro Park north of Columbus, Ohio. But I didn’t know the birds aren’t native to this area until I was doing some research in preparation for writing about this photo.

The House Finch is native to the western United States and Mexico, according to my favorite source for bird information, 

To the win

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It’s Sunday, so it’s time for another photo of the week and the story behind the image.

A couple of years ago I wrote a blog about my disappointment with the closing of Beulah Park, a nice, little race track in Grove City (a Columbus, Ohio suburb) that ended its final meet in May 2014. The blog accompanied a photo of jockey Edgar Paucar, a very successful jockey primarily at small tracks like Beulah, in the winner’s circle.

Here’s another photo Paucar at work, again riding a winner. …