Blog: Words and images

Haze in the hills


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

Many of my photos evoke memories of the moment I captured the scene or activities that led to the photo. My primary memory when seeing this 2006 photo is of the tiring hike that put me in position to get the shot. 

This photo of fog obscuring distant hills in Ohio’s Hocking Hills was taken from a rock ledge overlooking a valley below the rim trail in Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve. …

Ben and friends


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

I’m not sure what it is about this photo that grabs my attention. It just a shot of a lady looking at paintings in a museum, but the lines, the content, the positioning and the coordinated colors all work for me.

We were walking through the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., when I saw a painting of Benjamin Franklin at the end of an alcove. …

Baby bluebird


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

When I saw this immature Eastern Bluebird perched in Sharon Woods Metro Park north of Columbus, Ohio, I immediately liked how it was framed by leaves while still isolated against a smooth green background. So I grabbed a shot.

I’m likely to encounter scenes with immature bluebirds during two periods of the year, once in early summer and again in early fall. …

The Washington Monument


The Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., the subject of my featured gallery for October, is one of the most recognizable monuments or memorials in the United States. It’s just a simple obelisk. Just about every city — and every cemetery — has at least one obelisk used as a memorial. But even people who don’t know the word “obelisk” recognize that those other structures look like the Washington Monument.

Considering that, I guess I can safely say that the Washington Monument