Blog: Words and images

Fishing at sunrise

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

People often refer to the calm before the storm.

This is a photo of the calm after the storm.

It’s a photo of a fisherman on a South Florida beach at sunrise, a tranquil scene showing the beginning of a new day. But South Florida was far from tranquil when I shot this photo. 

Hurricane Wilma had rolled through South Florida two weeks earlier. Wilma wasn’t a hurricane of historic strength, but it was still a hurricane. …

Marblehead Lighthouse

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

Each spring during the last few years I’ve visited parks in northwest Ohio, along Lake Erie, to photograph wildlife. It’s a busy time in those parks, with throngs of birdwatchers on hand to watch a variety of migrating warblers gathered to feed for a few days before flying across Lake Erie to their summer homes in Canada.

The warbler photos I’ve captured during those trips are some of my favorites, although dealing with the massive crowds of people can be a pain.

Wrens: Small, active, vocal birds

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I’m a photo hobbyist who likes all types of photography, but a high percentage of photos in my files are of birds.

Why? Logistics. 

I don’t have to buy a ticket or apply for permits to access a site. There are no restrictions on the size or amount of equipment I can bring. Whatever I can carry is OK. I don’t need to get signed model releases before I can legally use the photos I shoot. And I don’t need to travel long distances. I just show up at a local park and get some exercise while looking for birds to photograph.