Blog: Words and images

Stormy sunset

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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 been a photo hobbyist for almost 40 years, with one or two breaks when I put the camera away for a while. 

I have a massive number of files of photos captured with digital cameras stored on hard drives. I also have thousands of negatives cataloged and stored in my files from the pre-digital years. 

This photo, shot in March 1978 during a trip to Naples, Fla., was captured on Kodacolor 400 color negative film and scanned to a digital file a couple of years ago. …

Curving steps

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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 many occasions when I spot an item or scene that I think would make an interesting photo and I spend a significant amount of time studying the scene or walking around it to find the best possible shot.

This photo of steps curving up a large hill wasn’t one of those occasions. It was just a “grab shot” — a photo taken on a whim while I was doing something else — that became my favorite photo of the day.

Magnolia Warbler

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

It’s Warbler season.

I get nearly all of my Warbler photos during the spring, when the birds are migrating north from their winter homes in Central and South America, or occasionally in the fall during migration south. The range maps for most Warbler species show Central Ohio as part of the summer breeding range, but it's been my experience that few hang around here for the summer. …

Watching the races

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It's May, time for the Kentucky Derby and the start of horse racing's Triple Crown, so it makes sense to use horse racing as my featured gallery this month.

I captured these photos at two tracks, one historic and the other history.

The historic track is Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. Keeneland has hosted races since it opened in 1936. It’s one of the nation’s most “traditional” race tracks, retaining the same look and feel through the years while still adopting new technologies (even though it was the last race track in North America to broadcast race calls over a public-address system, adopting that practice in 1997). …

Bunting singing

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

When people think of Indigo Buntings they typically picture a deep blue bird singing from a tall plant or tree. That’s how the male Indigo Bunting looks when sporting its breeding plumage during spring and summer.

But the birds aren’t quite as flashy the rest of the year. During the fall and winter months the adult male has plumage similar to the year-round plumage of the female Indigo Bunting — dark brown upper parts and lighter brown beneath — although the male can retain some blue feathers year round.