Blog: Words and images

Leaves in the light

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

I spend a lot of time in woods and fields on photo hikes, but most of my trips are in search of wildlife photos. That means I’m carrying a super telephoto lens (my very long and very heavy 600 millimeter with a 1.4x teleconverter for a total effective focal length of 840 millimeters) to capture photographs of small, distant birds.

But occasionally I’ll run across a non-wildlife scene that catches my attention, forcing me to use a super telephoto lens to capture a scene best suited for a different, shorter lens. …

Chickadee at work

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

Chickadee is such a funny word.

I remember as a very young kid running through the neighborhood with a bunch of other kids all repeating the line, “my little chickadee.” I guess someone in the group had seen W.C. Fields on TV. Fields first used the catchphrase in a 1932 movie, “If I Had A Million,” and later starred in a 1940 movie called “My Little Chickadee.” …

Library of Congress

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

This photo of the Main Reading Room in the Library of Congress is one of my favorites from the hundreds of Washington, D.C., shots in my collection. But I may have broken the Library of Congress rules to get the photo. 

Or maybe I didn’t. 

I honestly don’t know.

Here’s my story:

The Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress is one of my favorite buildings in Washington, D.C. …

Red-breasted Nuthatch

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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 rather common for me to find nuthatches in the woods, especially in winter. I see White-breasted Nuthatches clinging to the bark on trees — sometimes facing up, sometimes facing down — as they search bark furrows for hidden insects.

Note that I said White-breasted Nuthatches. They are common in this area. I often find them traveling with groups of similarly colored birds (chickadees, titmice) as they hunt for food in the winter months. …

Stock exchange

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

When people think of the New York Stock Exchange, they think Wall Street. 

And Wall Street does border the NYSE building. This photo shows an entrance at 11 Wall Street, which is also the mailing address for the exchange. But the main entrance, the one with the giant columns and large American flag often shown on TV, is at 18 Broad Street between Wall Street and Exchange Place. …

Taking the steps

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I was searching for a photo in my files a few weeks ago when I noticed that I had a number of shots that included stairs or steps, the subject of my featured gallery for January.

I hadn’t realized that I had been unintentionally gathering photos showing stairs or steps. But there were several dozen photos in my collection, some that I’ve liked and used in galleries on other subjects and some that were rather unimpressive and filed away. …