Blog: Words and images

Looking around

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

I run into a lot of helpful people when I’m on one of my photo hikes through local parks. They see me carrying a camera with a long lens, assume I’m photographing wildlife and say “I saw a deer back there on the left” or “There were some turkeys beside the trail.”

The really observant ones, and the most helpful, might point out a nest they saw or an owl or hawk blending with its surroundings while resting, things I likely would have missed without their assistance.

Station arches

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

I have a number of photos of Washington, D.C.’s, Union Station in my files. I’ve been in the building hundreds of times through the years.

But when my wife and I walked into the main hall during a September 2016 visit to the city I stopped and asked myself: “Why have I never shot this beautiful room?” The morning sunlight reflecting off the tile floors under the arched, gilded ceiling made a striking scene.

Hawk in flight

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

It’s not unusual for me to see hawks flying over fields and forests when I’m on one of my photo hikes. The birds can cover a sizable area very quickly, flying large, sweeping, circular routes as they search for prey.

I’ve captured quite a few photos of hawks in flight through the years, but only a handful of the shots are worthy of display. Many of the others have the bird in an uninteresting position or facing away from the camera, or distracting items (trees, power lines) in the background or the bird too far away. …

Leaves on water

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

When I’m on a photo hike in search of landscape photographs I’m always looking out for potential subjects. In the Hocking Hills — a geologically interesting area in southeastern Ohio — I’m looking out for waterfalls, rocky cliffs and caves.

In this case, looking down turned out to be more useful than looking out.

I was hiking the Old Man’s Cave trail, following the stream south from the Upper Falls, when I glanced down at the water a few feet from where it enters the Devil’s Bathtub (a small tiered waterfall that flows into a swirling pit before returning to the stream). …

April showers, May flowers

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If there’s any truth to the old English proverb “April showers bring May flowers” it will be a very colorful month of May where I live in Central Ohio. April has been a rainy, muddy, flooded (and cold) mess.

So maybe I’ll get to add some new photos of flowers to my files in May. Flowers are the subject of my featured gallery for the month.

I do occasionally set out to photograph flowers, putting a macro (close-up) lens on my camera to grab some flower shots in our yard. But most of my flower photographs are what I would call non-traditional captures.