Blog: Words and images

Horse, trees, sky

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

I was born in northeastern Kentucky and we return to the state several times a year to visit family and friends. It’s a beautiful state — the rolling hills of the Ohio River Valley, the mountains of southeastern Kentucky, the open fields and horse farms in the Bluegrass region in central Kentucky … there is always something to see, including some scenes that make you stop and say “wow!”

Mourning Dove

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

Mourning Doves are easy to photograph. They just aren’t very exciting to photograph. That’s why I don’t have many photos of Mourning Doves in my files.

But I see them all the time. Once they land they tend to stay in the same spot for a while. So it isn’t a challenge to get a photo. The Mourning Dove photos I have in my files were scenes that caught my attention because of the bird’s surroundings and not necessarily the bird itself.

Rock bridge

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

Carter Caves State Park near Olive Hill, Ky., is known, of course, for its caves. Guided tours are available for several of the caves.

But Carter Caves State Park also has a number of natural bridges along the more than 30 miles of trails in the park. Smokey Bridge is the largest, but another one — Carter Caves Natural Bridge — serves as an actual bridge for a road above it. 

Gnatcatcher

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

I do a lot of bird photography, so much that I’ve reached the point where I can often anticipate the behavior of different bird species and position myself to get the photo I want.

For instance, I know that Eastern Bluebirds will often land on top of the tallest nearby plant in a field. I have a number of photos of Bluebirds perched on tall plants above a field. …

Hiking the Hocking Hills

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I live in central Ohio. 

It’s not exactly a destination for photographers seeking spectacular landscape shots. There are no mountain vistas, no breath-taking canyons, no sunrises or sunsets over a rocky beach. There are some forests, streams and a few small hills in local parks, but other than that the area is pool-table flat.

Blame it on the Wisconsin glacier that covered Ohio from 85,000 to 11,000 years ago. It flattened the area, but southeastern Ohio (about an hour’s drive from here) was outside the glaciation of the ice age and remained ruggedly hilly and forested.