Blog: Words and images

At home


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

When I first saw the top of this dead tree during a 2015 hike through Sharon Woods Metro Park north of Columbus, Ohio, it was obvious that woodpeckers had been very busy. The tree had two fresh holes near the top, providing a perfect nesting site.

Moments later this male Red-bellied Woodpecker flew in to check the work.

Over the next few weeks I watched as a male and female Red-bellied Woodpecker completed their work and moved in, taking turns in the nest. …


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

When Beulah Park was still operating as a race track in Grove City, Ohio, I’d drive down to the track every week or so and take photos of a few races. I’d stand at the rail to get shots of horses battling down the stretch, then walk to the paddock area to get some “atmosphere” photos — horses warming up, trainers saddling their horse, jockeys mounting, etc. — before hitting the betting window and returning to the rail for the next race.

Swallows debating

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

One thing I look forward to every spring — besides warmer weather and longer periods of daylight, of course — is the return of Tree Swallows to the fields of Central Ohio.

The birds are the ultimate aerialists as they conduct acrobatic flights to chase and catch flying insects. They dip, dart, dive, twist, turn, climb and hover, often in rapid succession. To those watching who can’t see the tiny insect being pursued, the aerial maneuvers are hugely entertaining. …

Waiting for a ride


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

Street photography is a specialized category of photography where the photographer captures an interesting image based on chance encounters, random incidents or, at times, decisive moments representing day-to-day activities.

But, as this photo demonstrates, images that are classified as street photography don’t necessarily have to be taken on a street or even show a street.

The best street photographs show the relationship — or the lack of relationship — between people in the photograph or people and their environment. …

Getting squirrelly

When I head out for one of my photo hikes I never know what kind of birds I might see and photograph, if any. Some days I get lucky and there are an abundance of birds. Other days there’s little to photograph.

But there is one constant: Regardless of the season or the weather conditions, I always see squirrels, the subject of my featured gallery for January. These forest rodents are plentiful in any area with trees. They are constantly climbing, chasing, digging and eating. And I’ll stop to get a photo when I find one in a nice setting.