Blog: Words and images

Hanging down


I don’t often see Pileated Woodpeckers, the subject of my photo of the week, during my photo hikes. When I do I consider it a treat, especially when the woodpecker is perched in a location that is suitable for photography.

I found this male Pileated Woodpecker hanging beneath a tree limb during a hike through Six Mile Cypress Slough in Fort Myers, Fla. It provided a nice diversion from the variety of wading birds — Great Blue Herons, Little Blue Herons, Tri-colored Herons, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets — and alligators I had photographed that day. …

Matthew’s birthday

Today is our son Matthew's birthday. It’s one of those “round number” birthdays so it's a good time to use an old photo of him as my photo of the week. The day provides the perfect opportunity to tell the story behind this photo. And this is much less expensive than buying him a gift.

As I said, this is a “round number” birthday. I’m not going to give away his age, but anyone with basic math skills will be able to do the calculation.

I shot this photo in October 1980, when Matthew was a couple of months shy of his second birthday (hint: 2018-1980+2=??). …