Blog: Words and images

In Ash Cave

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I try to get to the Hocking Hills region of southern Ohio a couple of times a year for hiking and photography. The rocky terrain and sheer cliffs are a contrast to the mostly flat landscape found in much of the rest of the state, providing some interesting opportunities for photography. Spring (when creeks are high and the many waterfalls in the area are flowing) and fall (when trees are full of color) are my favorite times.

This photo shows Ash Cave, one of the many impressive features of the Hocking Hills and the subject of my

On a stalk

In my years of photographing birds I’ve learned that you can never anticipate the behavior of a very young bird in any species.

This photo is an example.

I was walking past a field in a local metro park when I saw this juvenile Eastern Bluebird (the subject of my photo of the week) perched on a broken plant stalk. I turned the camera toward the bird to get a photo, fully expecting it to fly away like an adult bluebird would. But it stayed.

I moved a few steps closer and grabbed a few more shots. …

Defensive position

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I’m a sports junkie. I admit it.

I enjoy photographing a variety of sports and I’ve always enjoyed attending sporting events. Baseball, football, basketball, hockey, tennis, soccer, horse racing, track, golf, auto racing … I understand the rules and I know the strategy. Heck, I’ve been an active participant in most of them. And when I’m photographing a sporting event I know where to expect the action and can get my shots.

But rugby (the subject of my photo of the week) has me stumped. I never played, I don’t know the rules and I can’t anticipate the action. …

Goldfinch on green

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The world of birds is filled with colorful species.

There’s the brilliant red Northern Cardinal and the blood red Scarlet Tanager, the rich blue Indigo Bunting, the deep blue Eastern Bluebird and the multi-hued Blue Jay, and the many bright oranges, greens, blues, reds and yellows of the various warblers.

But one of my favorites to photograph is the American Goldfinch (the subject of my photo of the week) during the few months each summer when the male sports its distinctive yellow breeding plumage. …

Birds of prey

During my many photo hikes I often encounter what are known as birds of prey (the subject of my featured gallery for July), typically large birds with keen eyesight and strong talons and beaks that feed on rodents and other animals. I usually see these birds soaring over fields, searching for movement that can identify a meal. They swoop down, grab the food and fly off.

But “birds of prey” isn’t an official, scientific taxonomic group. Instead, it’s a loosely defined term used to identify birds that feed on an

Reflections

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I have been a regular visitor to New York City for decades, first on business-related travel and now — as a retiree — strictly for pleasure.

I passed through the original World Trade Center many times, taking the PATH train from beneath the complex to get to Jersey City and often hitting the mall under the World Trade Center on the return trip to grab a snack before continuing my day.

I witnessed, with profound grief, the ruins in the months following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and watched with curiosity as the rebuild progressed. …