Blog: Words and images

Palm Warbler

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

It’s a sure sign that spring is approaching when I see Palm Warblers in local parks. Or maybe it’s a sign that summer is ending.

That’s because Palm Warblers show up in Central Ohio only for a few weeks at the start of spring and fall migration. The birds head north earlier than other warblers, so their appearance in my area in mid to late April during their trip north to their breeding grounds in Canada is a sign that other migrating birds will 

Frog portrait

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

I like frogs.

They are a fun subject for photography because (1) they don’t move much, as long as they don’t feel threatened; and (2) they tend to rest in “frog-colored” areas that provide camouflage and interesting photo compositions.

But my fondness for frogs stretches beyond photography and into ecology.

Frogs and other amphibians are excellent indicators of a healthy ecology. …

Sun bear

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

If you are a regular visitor to the Columbus Zoo near Columbus, Ohio, you may have doubts that there’s a sun bear in the sun bear exhibit.

We’ve visited the zoo a number of times, but before this visit in 2014 I don’t think we had ever seen the sun bear. It was either hiding inside or up high in a tree hidden from view by leaves.

We knew what the bear looked like. …

Watching tennis with a camera

Angelique Kerber (Germany) at the Western & Southern Open, Mason, Ohio.

Each August I spend a few days watching and photographing the world’s best tennis players competing in the Western & Southern Open Tennis Tournament in Mason, Ohio, north of Cincinnati. And each September I use the new photos as my featured gallery.

The Western & Southern Open is about as close to a Grand Slam tennis tournament as an event can get. It's one of only nine tournaments in the world where the top men and women play simultaneously at the same site: the four majors (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open), and combined ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier events in Rome, Madrid, Miami and Indian Wells, Calif., along with Cincinnati.

Sunset in windows

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

Sometimes getting a nice photograph involves planning and preparation.

Then there’s this photo. All it involved was looking out my hotel window at the right time.

I was staying at the Marriott Financial Center (now known as the New York Marriott Downtown) in lower Manhattan and was getting ready to head out for dinner when I looked out the window of my 35th floor room and saw the early winter sunset reflecting nicely in the windows of the World Financial Center across the way.