Blog: Words and images

In the light

As a photographer, I’m deeply aware of the importance of light in the creation of an interesting image. There are many times when the type of lighting is as vital as the subject matter.

This was one of those times.

My wife and I were spending a couple of days visiting The Henry Ford, an excellent and somewhat unusual museum in Dearborn, Mich. We were near the end of a long day at Greenfield Village, the 240-acre outdoor component to The Ford, when we stepped into the Daggett Farmhouse, a 1760s farmhouse from Connecticut. …

Flying tern


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

Photographing birds in flight can be challenging at times. At other times, it’s extremely easy.

It all depends on the bird and the conditions.

Photographing large, soaring birds — eagles, hawks, vultures, etc. — in flight is relatively easy. These birds float on wind currents, often flying large, slow, circular patterns over an area.

But photographing birds that have more point-to-point flight patterns can be difficult if not impossible. …

The Cloud Gate


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

It’s been a few years since I’ve visited Chicago. I need to get back. The city trails only New York City on my list of favorite cities to visit in the U.S.

And one of my favorite sites to visit in Chicago is Millennium Park, a 25-acre downtown public park near Lake Michigan that features a variety of public art and a great view of the skyline.

Since the park opened in 2004 on what had been rail yards it has become a popular destination. …

A noisy sign of spring


A sure sign of spring in Central Ohio is the return of the Red-winged Blackbird. And it's a very noisy return, with the male blackbirds perched atop plants or trees attempting to attract females by flashing their red-and-yellow shoulder patches while belting out a call described by bird web sites as a loud, scratchy conk-a-reeeee or o-ka-leeeee.

I have a number of photos of male Red-winged Blackbirds calling on spring mornings. The blackbirds are the subject of my featured gallery for June

Looking around


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

I run into a lot of helpful people when I’m on one of my photo hikes through local parks. They see me carrying a camera with a long lens, assume I’m photographing wildlife and say “I saw a deer back there on the left” or “There were some turkeys beside the trail.”

The really observant ones, and the most helpful, might point out a nest they saw or an owl or hawk blending with its surroundings while resting, things I likely would have missed without their assistance.