Blog: Words and images

Turning toward home


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

There’s nothing quite like a day at Keeneland, the historic horse race track in Lexington, Ky.

You’ve got the excitement of thoroughbreds racing past crowds lining the rail along the track as they cheer their horse in hopes that the bet they placed turns into a winner. You’ve got the beautiful scenery, with flowers blooming during the April spring meet and leaves turning during the October fall meet. There’s excellent food and drink. …

Palm Warbler


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

It’s a sure sign that spring is approaching when I see Palm Warblers in local parks. Or maybe it’s a sign that summer is ending.

That’s because Palm Warblers show up in Central Ohio only for a few weeks at the start of spring and fall migration. The birds head north earlier than other warblers, so their appearance in my area in mid to late April during their trip north to their breeding grounds in Canada is a sign that other migrating birds will 

Frog portrait


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

I like frogs.

They are a fun subject for photography because (1) they don’t move much, as long as they don’t feel threatened; and (2) they tend to rest in “frog-colored” areas that provide camouflage and interesting photo compositions.

But my fondness for frogs stretches beyond photography and into ecology.

Frogs and other amphibians are excellent indicators of a healthy ecology. A wetlands area with an abundance of frogs is a thriving area. …

Sun bear


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

If you are a regular visitor to the Columbus Zoo near Columbus, Ohio, you may have doubts that there’s a sun bear in the sun bear exhibit.

We’ve visited the zoo a number of times, but before this visit in 2014 I don’t think we had ever seen the sun bear. It was either hiding inside or up high in a tree hidden from view by leaves.

We knew what the bear looked like. There’s a picture on the sign outside the enclosure. …

Watching tennis with a camera

Angelique Kerber (Germany) at the Western & Southern Open, Mason, Ohio.

Each August I spend a few days watching and photographing the world’s best tennis players competing in the Western & Southern Open Tennis Tournament in Mason, Ohio, north of Cincinnati. And each September I use the new photos as my featured gallery.

The Western & Southern Open is about as close to a Grand Slam tennis tournament as an event can get. It's one of only nine tournaments in the world where the top men and women play simultaneously at the same site: the four majors (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open), and combined ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier events in Rome, Madrid, Miami and Indian Wells, Calif., along with Cincinnati.