Blog: Words and images

Monarch butterfly

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

The typical explanation for how I captured a nature photo starts with “I was hiking through a park when I came across … .”

Simply put, I hike until I find subjects in nature to photograph, stop to get the shot, then continue my photo hike.

But this photo of a monarch butterfly feeding on a butterfly bush doesn’t follow the typical scenario. Instead of me finding a subject to photograph, in this case the subject found me.

Hummingbird

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

I don’t get many opportunities to photograph hummingbirds during my nature hikes. I occasionally see them fly by, but they are often gone before I can get the camera in position.

The birds flow through life at a high speed, much faster than I can operate a camera in most instances. But I’ve been fortunate to capture a few nice photos of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds through the years, which is difficult because of their speed, constant motion and small size — only about three inches in length.

Flowers and bee

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

I seldom set out to photograph flowers. Occasionally I’ll grab a macro lens and tripod to shoot some spring flowers in our yard, but most of my flower photographs are what I refer to as “found” scenes — something I happen to see while photographing wildlife. 

I grab a shot with my 600 millimeter super-telephoto lens while standing about 20 feet away, then go back to what I was doing.

Photographing the Big Apple

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If someone asked me to compile a list of my favorite places for photography, the number one spot on the list would be filled quickly. It’s New York City, without a doubt. It’s the subject of my featured gallery for February.

What’s not to like? There are iconic locations like the Empire State Building, Radio City Music Hall, Grand Central Station or the New York Stock Exchange. There’s Central Park, with its variety of photo treasures.  …