Blog: Words and images

Nuthatch on feeder

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I have a number of photos of White-breasted Nuthatches in my files, but this one — the subject of my photo of the week — is a bit different. The reason: The bird is upright.

Most of my other nuthatch photos show the bird facing down, clinging to the bark of a tree.

Nuthatches spend their day climbing up and down the trunks of trees looking for insects hiding in the bark. When facing down, they will often “pose” — positioning their head and body at a 90-degree angle to the tree trunk — to get a good look at their surroundings.

Toward the monument

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Washington, D.C., in the spring is a colorful area. The National Mall and areas surrounding many of the monuments are filled with blooming trees — cherries, dogwoods and other flowering trees — as well as trees showing fresh green leaves, creating a scene that’s my photo of the week.

I was in Washington on business on this April 2005 morning and had time for a quick photo hike before meetings began midday. I visited the Vietnam Memorial and grabbed some photos, then headed back to the hotel through Constitution Gardens, along the north side of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.

Thorny perch

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I have dozens of photos of Eastern Bluebirds perched in fields near my Central Ohio home.

And there’s one thing I’ve learned from those photos: Eastern Bluebirds seem to prefer being perched at or near the top of plants.

Other birds I see in the fields — a variety of sparrows, finches, robins, cardinals — tend to spend as much time deep in the underbrush as they do at the top of the plants. But bluebirds move from plant top to plant top.

I found this male Eastern Bluebird, the subject of my

Statue and stairs

Photographing inside a museum is a bit tricky.

Some museums prohibit photography. Some permit photography except in specific exhibits. And some allow photography anyplace, as long as a flash isn’t used.

I’m not enthused by photographing someone else’s works of art. When I’m in a museum with my camera I’m looking for scenes where the artwork, the surroundings and the visitors combine to form an interesting scene.

I found such a scene in the Philadelphia Museum of Art as we were wrapping up a visit in 2017. …

Photographing Washington

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I visited Washington, D.C. on business frequently before I retired and, on a few occasions, I had time to walk around with my camera. I had a few more opportunities to photograph the D.C. area on post-retirement trips. It’s a photo-rich environment, with the variety of historic federal buildings, monuments and memorials, and the subject of my featured gallery for February.

I typically get shots of the Capitol, primarily because I’m often in a nearby hotel and it’s easy to hit Capitol Hill when I have a few minutes.