Blog: Words and images

City carnival

I’ve learned one important fact from visiting Central Park during many visits to New York City: You never know what you are going to find.

I’ve seen jugglers and joggers, dancers on foot and on roller skates, artists and sunbathers, statues and tunnels, magicians and musicians (both good and not so good), a man creating giant soap bubbles to entertain kids, rocky hills and deep dark valleys, horse-drawn carriages and bicycle-drawn carriages. I’ve seen just about every breed of dog and just about every combination of breeds of dogs. …

Alone in water

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When I’m photographing birds and other wildlife I usually have one objective: Get as close as possible.

I like it when my photos show the pupils in a bird’s eye and the details in the feathers.

But this photo of the week shows the opposite extreme. That’s why it’s classified as a landscape photograph, not a wildlife photograph, in my files.

My wife and I were walking through Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge on Ohio’s “north coast” — Lake Erie — during my annual spring visit to the area to photograph migrating warblers and other birds. 

Bundled broomcorn

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A few years ago we spent a couple of nights at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Ky., the subject of my photo of the week. The village, near Harrodsburg, Ky., is the site of a Shaker religious community that was active from 1805 to 1910. Many of the structures in the village have been restored and are now used as an inn for lodging.

The site, a National Historic Landmark, features unique Shaker architecture.

Every structure in the village provides a lesson in history and architectural ingenuity as well as an opportunity for photo hobbyists to capture interesting images.

An abundance of bluebirds

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Eastern Bluebirds, the subject of my featured gallery for January, have become a somewhat common sight in the Eastern U.S. and here in Central Ohio. But that wasn’t the case 30 years ago, when harsh winters, the destruction of natural habitat, the harmful effect of pesticides and competition with other cavity nesters combined to make the Eastern Bluebird a rare sight.

The number of Eastern Bluebirds had declined almost 90 percent from populations recorded in the late 1950s and early 1960s. …

Floating

I’ve never tried underwater photography. First, I’m not a diver so that limits underwater photo opportunities significantly. And second, I don’t have a waterproof camera housing for my gear, so I keep my camera and lenses far from water.

I have had limited success photographing sea creatures in zoos or aquariums, but limited is the key word in that sentence. It’s difficult to isolate a subject in an aquarium full of fish. And shooting through thick glass is a major problem because it distorts the subject matter. …