Blog: Words and images

Nuthatches: ‘Heads down’ view


When I look through my collection of nuthatch photos I often need to recalibrate my brain. Many of the photos appear, at first glance, to be upside down. 

But the orientation of the photo is correct. That’s the world of the nuthatch, the subject of my featured gallery for June. It spends much of its life with its head pointing toward the ground, clinging to tree bark while looking for insects hiding in bark or for food it has hidden in the crevices.

I have a number of photos showing a nuthatch hanging parallel to a tree with its head pointed down. …

The wide view: My favorite lens


Night traffic moving in Times Square, New York City. 

A question I often get, usually from people just starting out in photography, is “what’s your favorite lens?”

The majority of my photos are of wildlife captured using my very large, very heavy and very expensive Canon EF 600mm f/4L, so most will assume that’s my favorite lens.

They’d be wrong.

My favorite is the least expensive and lightest lens I own: the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, an ultra-wide angle zoom lens used to capture all the photos in this featured gallery for May.

I know that seems odd, citing as my favorite a lens that cost a fraction of what I’ve spent on any of the other lenses I own. …