Blog: Words and images

Leader of the pack


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 a Saturday and Sunday in late June. Then it changed to a one-afternoon event. Then it partnered with several other Ohio races on the same weekend and became an evening event (the 2017 event was on a Friday night).

Snowy scene


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

As a photographer, there’s little I find more enjoyable — or more challenging — than spending a morning hiking through a wooded park after an overnight snowfall.

The joy is in the beauty of the snow-covered landscape and the photo opportunities it provides. The challenge is getting to the park on snow-covered, slick roads and hiking without falling on snow-covered, slick, hilly trails.

I captured this scene on a January 2016 visit to Slate Run Metro Park southeast of Columbus, Ohio, about 30 miles from the house. …

Top of the stem


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

There are three times a year when wildlife photography in Central Ohio is less than routine.

There's spring and fall, when migration increases the variety of birds in the area.

And there’s "goldfinch season," primarily July and August, when the male American Goldfinch sports its bright yellow breeding plumage and is active in area fields.

I photographed this male goldfinch in early July as it perched on a plant stem above a field. …

Sunrise, sunset


Anyone who has ever held a camera — anything from a Brownie or Instamatic or Polaroid all the way through the high end film or digital single lens reflex cameras — has likely taken a picture of a sunrise or sunset, the subject of my featured gallery for December.

Check your iPhone or Android phone — that camera/computer/communications device that’s always with you. I bet you have at least one attempted sunrise or sunset photo stored there.

After all, every day has a sunrise and sunset, some more photogenic than others. …