Blog: Words and images

Berry meal

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

I see a lot of House Finches in our area, like this male House Finch feeding on berries in Sharon Woods Metro Park north of Columbus, Ohio. But I didn’t know the birds aren’t native to this area until I was doing some research in preparation for writing about this photo.

The House Finch is native to the western United States and Mexico, according to my favorite source for bird information, 

To the win

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

A couple of years ago I wrote a blog about my disappointment with the closing of Beulah Park, a nice, little race track in Grove City (a Columbus, Ohio suburb) that ended its final meet in May 2014. The blog accompanied a photo of jockey Edgar Paucar, a very successful jockey primarily at small tracks like Beulah, in the winner’s circle.

Here’s another photo Paucar at work, again riding a winner. …

Bubble fun

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

I’ve spent a lot of time in New York City through the years on work-related and leisure travel. It’s one of my favorite destinations.

And one of my favorite things to do when I have free time in the city is to walk through different areas of Central Park. The park is an 843-acre treasure trove of nature and activities smack in the middle of one of the world’s largest cities.

Killdeer and egg

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

I often see Killdeer when I’m near an ocean or large lake, but Killdeer are probably the least shore-dependent of all the shorebirds. I’ve seen them in wetlands, on golf courses and on lawns.

But they are fun to watch during nesting season because of the  interesting strategy they use to protect their nests. They feign injury to distract predators, dragging a wing on the ground as they limp away from the nest in an attempt to get the predator to follow. …

Monument at sunset

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

There are certain rules of composition that every photographer knows. The rule of thirds. Leading lines. Framing. Symmetry and patterns. All are important in creating eye-catching photographs.

But as a photographer gains experience he realizes these rules are simply guidelines to follow as opposed to unbreakable laws. You follow the guidelines when it benefits the composition of the scene. …

Around the water

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A few months ago, when I was searching my database of more than 100,000 photos looking for a specific shot, I suddenly realized how many photos I had where water played a significant role in the scene.

East coast … west coast … gulf coast … north coast (Lake Erie) … lakes … ponds … rivers … streams … I had thousands of water-related photos on file. 

So I decided to select a subset from the thousands to use as a featured gallery for July