Blog: Words and images

Icy creek

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

When I came across this scene during a winter morning hike in Blendon Woods Metro Park near Columbus, Ohio, I knew I wanted to photograph it. 

The gray winter sky and icy creek were separated by a warm carpet of orange fallen leaves yet connected by the stand of straight trees. It caught my eye. 

Unfortunately, the camera couldn’t simply capture what my eyes saw and my brain envisioned.

Windows on a hill

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

I’ve spent quite a bit of time walking the streets of San Francisco with my camera and I have learned two things. One, the city is full of interesting architecture, described by many sources as an eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture; and two, the city is full of leg-destroying hills.

The city’s tourist information touts “The Seven Hills of San Francisco” (Russian Hill, Nob Hill, Telegraph Hill, Rincon Hill, Twin Peaks, Mount Davidson and Lone Mountain), but there are many, many more. …

Florida sunrise

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

A picture, it’s often said, is worth a thousand words. But there are times when even a picture tells only part of the story.

This is one of those times.

This photo shows the sun rising behind a pier on South Florida’s Atlantic coast, a beautiful sunrise to start another perfect day in paradise. I walked out the beach exit from my resort hotel before daylight and moved a couple of hundred yards south to get this shot before returning to prepare for a day of meetings on a November 2005 business trip.

Looking up at Infinity

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

There are countless memorials and monuments in Washington, D.C., many with stone-carved Roman gods or goddesses or bronze soldiers. Most have been in place for many decades, some for a century or more.

But public art of a more abstract design is a relatively recent feature of the nation’s capital. Infinity, an abstract sculpture designed by Jose de Rivera and created by Roy Gussow, was one of the first of many pieces installed since the late 1960s.

Photographing titmice

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I do quite a bit of wildlife photography so I spend a lot of time looking at a variety of birds through the viewfinder of my cameras. My concentration is on all the technical aspects of photography: focus, exposure, composition, etc. It doesn’t matter if the bird is a cardinal, a sparrow or a finch.

But when I get a Tufted Titmouse in the viewfinder I tend to laugh. The large, round eyes, small bill and brushy crest give the bird a permanent “surprised” expression on its face.