Blog: Words and images

Cupid’s Span


One of my favorite things to do in San Francisco is to walk along the Embarcadero, looking at sights along and across the San Francisco Bay on one side and at the city’s skyline on the other.

There are always interesting things to see, but one that stands out is the giant bow and arrow stuck in the ground.

Cupid’s Span, the subject of my photo of the week, is a giant sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Brugge. It’s one of a number of sculptures along the Embarcadero in San Francisco. …

Soaring pelican


A few years ago I was doing some photography in J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Florida’s Sanibel Island. I was watching wading birds through the lens and had my back to the sun when an extremely large shadow from a low-flying, very quiet object engulfed me.

Instinctively, I ducked. Then I looked up, trying to figure out if someone was flying a kite or using a very quiet drone. That’s when I saw an American White Pelican, the subject of my photo of the week, gliding in for a landing.

War memorial


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

The World War II Memorial on the National Mall, the subject of my photo of the week, is one of the newer ones. It opened in 2004, dedicated to Americans who served in the military during World War II. The memorial attracts almost 5 million visitors a year, including many aging World War II veterans brought to D.C. on non-profit Honor Flights to visit the site that honors their service.

The World War II Memorial stands between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial at the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool. …

Horse racing


I enjoy doing photography, which makes sense because photography is my hobby. But not all photographic subjects create the same level of enjoyment.

For me, photographing horse racing is at the top of the enjoyment list. The pageantry, the speed, the colors, the excitement … for me, there’s nothing like carrying my camera for a day at the races.

I captured these photos at two tracks, one historic and the other history.

The historic track is Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. Keeneland has hosted races since it opened in 1936. …

Koala awake


Whenever I see a koala in a zoo, it’s usually sleeping. I guess that’s to be expected. Koala’s sleep up to 20 hours a day, so seeing a sleeping koala is the most common way to see a koala.

But I got lucky during a visit to the Toledo Zoo.

The zoo’s koala was sleeping on a limb, using a tree trunk as a backrest and resting its paw on another trunk. As I shot a few photos, the koala opened its eyes while facing me. Then it closed its eyes again and resumed its nap.

But I had a photo of a somewhat alert koala.