Blog: Words and images

Seeing Vegas at night

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As the television commercial says, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

Unless you get photos, of course. Then they become the subject of my featured gallery for July.

Whenever I went to Las Vegas on business trips I tried to find time to head out after dark for photographs of the various casinos and sites along The Strip.

I rarely had time to scout and plan photos in Las Vegas like I do in other cities, so the photos I captured are typically "grab shots" - images of whatever caught my attention during my short walks.

Above the crowd

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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 said many times that some of my favorite photos fall into the “right place, right time” category. These are photos I’ve grabbed when I’ve encountered something unexpected while out with my camera.

I guess many of my wildlife photographs would fall into this category, since I never know what I’ll see when I head out on a photo hike in a local park.

Feeding junior

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

Spring and early summer can present a challenge when it comes to Identifying birds in my wildlife photos.

First, there’s the variety of migratory birds that pass through our area heading north that forces me to keep my bird field guide close to my computer.

Then there’s the babies of our more common local birds that leave the nest during late spring or early summer. …

Light through trees

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

I have more than 80,000 photographs in my files representing a variety of subjects. I have tons of wildlife photos, sports photos and photos of cities and architecture.

But there are very few landscape photographs in my files.

I admit I’m not a very good landscape photographer. I’m not sure why.

When shooting wildlife I compose shots without thinking. …

Hayden Falls after heavy rain

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

Hayden Falls is what I would call a hidden treasure. Thousands of people drive past it every day but never know it’s there.

I live less than two miles from the falls, but I was one of those thousands until a few days before I shot this photo in 2006.

I knew that Hayden Run, a small natural spring, flowed alongside Hayden Run Road toward the Scioto River, crossing the border between Hilliard (where I live) and Columbus, Ohio. …