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. …

Chipmunk on trunk


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

This is a photo of a chipmunk, but I have an uncooperative deer to thank for the photo.

I was hiking through the forest in Sharon Woods Metro Park north of Columbus, Ohio, on an early May morning when I saw a deer feeding behind some underbrush in the distance. The lighting was nice so I knew I’d have a quality photo if the deer would lift its head above the underbrush.

But while I was watching the deer, the deer was also watching me. …

Carved steps


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

When I get the urge to do landscape photography, one of my favorite places for a photo hike is the Hocking Hills in southeastern Ohio. The region is filled with wooded parks and trails, rocky streams, hills, ravines and cliffs, providing countless opportunities for interesting photographs.

I found these carved steps on the Old Man’s Cave Trail in Hocking Hills State Park near Logan, Ohio. The steps connect two sections of the trail. …

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. …