Blog: Words and images

Fall reflection

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

Canada geese floating on a lake surrounded by fall colors from trees reflecting in the water makes for an attractive, tranquil photo. That’s why I shot this scene a few years ago. The early morning autumn sun was illuminating the trees across the lake, creating a very nice reflection. The position of the geese was perfect, resting on the transition from yellow reflections to red reflections.

Fall in NYC

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

New York City is definitely a city of tall buildings and concrete, but there are places to go to see fall colors.

Central Park is an obvious choice. It’s an 843-acre break from the concrete that surrounds it. And a number of much smaller parks, like Bryant Park between East 40th and East 42nd streets behind the library, offer a few trees that mark the seasons.

Phoebe in field

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

Birds belonging to the various species in the flycatcher family are a nightmare to identify. Many of the species look so similar that it is difficult to tell an Eastern Phoebe from an Eastern Wood-Peewee or a Willow Flycatcher or a Least Flycatcher or a number of others.

I often have to post a new flycatcher photo to my favorite identification source — 

Eyes on the turn

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

Bicycle racing is fun to shoot, with the colors, the speed and the action. But I haven’t attended the Tour de Grandview, a popular local bike race, since 2011.

The reason: The scheduling of the event has changed in recent years. When I first attended in 2005 the Tour de Grandview was a two-afternoon event on Saturday and Sunday. Then it changed to a one-afternoon event. …

Photographing zoos

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This may sound odd, especially with all the wildlife photos I’ve captured through the years, but it’s more difficult for me to get quality photos at a zoo, the subject of my featured gallery for October, than it is in the wild.

It seems like it should be the other way around. After all, I know exactly where the animals are at a zoo. There are maps and signs showing where to find animals. Can't miss 'em. Just walk up to the pen and start shooting. …