Blog: Words and images

Yellow-rumped Warbler

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Yellow-rumped Warblers, the subject of my photo of the week, pass through Central Ohio during spring migration north and fall migration south, but — except for the yellow rump — the fall bird bears little resemblance to the spring bird.

The bird shown above is sporting its fall/winter brown plumage. In the spring and summer, both sexes are an eye-catching gray/black with flashes of white in the wings and yellow on the sides, head and — of course — the rump. 

I found this Yellow-rumped Warbler on an October morning, bouncing from branch to branch in a park north of Columbus, Ohio. …

Under the dome

Washington, D.C., is a city filled with monuments and memorials.

Many — like the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial and the Korean War Memorial — are located along the National Mall, always a destination for tourists. The U.S. Capitol Building is at the west end of the National Mall. Various Smithsonian museums line the north and south sides. And the memorials/monuments I listed are at the east end.

And all of those memorials/monuments are at or near the top of the list of most-visited sites in Washington, D.C. They are easy for tourists to find during their walks.

Deer encounters

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I encounter quite a few deer, the subject of my featured gallery for August, during my wildlife photo hikes. The woods are full of them and at times they seem as curious about my presence as I am surprised by theirs.

Many of my deer photos were taken during that extended moment when the deer stop their activities and stare, trying to determine if I’m a threat they should flee or if they can ignore me. It’s almost as if they are posing for the camera. Most of the time they flee. But sometimes they’ll hang around so I can get a few more photos.

In Ash Cave

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I try to get to the Hocking Hills region of southern Ohio a couple of times a year for hiking and photography. The rocky terrain and sheer cliffs are a contrast to the mostly flat landscape found in much of the rest of the state, providing some interesting opportunities for photography. Spring (when creeks are high and the many waterfalls in the area are flowing) and fall (when trees are full of color) are my favorite times.

This photo shows Ash Cave, one of the many impressive features of the Hocking Hills and the subject of my

On a stalk

In my years of photographing birds I’ve learned that you can never anticipate the behavior of a very young bird in any species.

This photo is an example.

I was walking past a field in a local metro park when I saw this juvenile Eastern Bluebird (the subject of my photo of the week) perched on a broken plant stalk. I turned the camera toward the bird to get a photo, fully expecting it to fly away like an adult bluebird would. But it stayed.

I moved a few steps closer and grabbed a few more shots. …