Blog: Words and images

Snow and leaves

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

Each winter I try to hit local wooded parks after a snowfall to get some snowy landscape photos. I return home cold and empty handed after most trips. I don’t see anything that excites me so I don’t shoot any photos.

My January 2014 trip to Sharon Woods Metro Park was another lack-of-success story for locating interesting snowy landscape scenes. But I didn’t come home empty handed.

Toy soldiers falling

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

Here’s a bit of travel and entertainment advice for you: If you are going to New York City around the holiday season, plan to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.

I had never considered going because I assumed it was for kids and our kids are grown. But two years ago, after receiving the highest recommendations for the show from a friend in Lexington, Ky., I bought tickets before a November trip to New York and we went.

30 Rock at night

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

I’ve captured a number of photos in and around Rockefeller Plaza during New York visits, some that I’ve posted to my web sites and some that have never left my files.

This is a photo that has grown on me since I shot it on a cold January night in 2009. I took it as an afterthought with no intention of ever using it, but now I’m glad I have it as part of my collection of New York City photos.

Gone fishin’

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

I seldom carry extra equipment when I’m on one of my wildlife photo hikes through the woods and fields. The 600 millimeter lens, camera and monopod I haul in search of bird photos weigh more than 20 pounds. That’s plenty of weight to carry on a hilly five- to six-mile hike.

But before I headed out for Prairie Oaks Metro Park on this July morning in 2007 I decided to add a short zoom lens to my kit, just in case I ran across something interesting that was too close to capture with the super-telephoto 600.

Reflections

There’s one thing that will always get my attention whenever I’m carrying my camera while hiking through a nature area or walking around a city.

That’s a scene with a reflection, the subject of my featured gallery for December.

I admit it. I’m a sucker for any type of reflections when I’m looking for photo possibilities.

And there are a lot of types of reflections, a lot of surfaces that can create reflections and a lot of ways they can work when creating interesting photographs.