Blog: Words and images

Indigo Bunting in field

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

One of my favorite bird information websites (All About Birds) says the male Indigo Bunting “looks like a scrap of sky with wings.”

It’s hard to come up with a better description than that.

Indigo Buntings are rather common birds, so it's odd that I don't run across them more often during my photo hikes. I have only about 50 photos of Indigo Buntings in my collection, but it’s a treat each time I find one. …

Chicago verticals

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

The city of Chicago has many nicknames besides “The Windy City,” including “City of the Big Shoulders” from the 1916 poem “Chicago” by Carl Sandberg.

But the city could just as easily be called the “City of Tall Buildings.” After all, four of the six tallest buildings in the United States are in Chicago.

One of those, the John Hancock Center, is in the background of this photo. …

Coming off the turn

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

Keeneland, the historic race track in Lexington, Ky., opened its spring meet on Friday.

I always look forward to Keeneland’s spring meet. It’s a sign that winter is finally over (although I’m not sure this most-recent winter will ever end) and the warm weather of summer is approaching.

The track hosts two racing meets a year — a three-week spring meet in April and a three-week fall meet in October. …

Photographing London

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My work required quite a bit of travel. Depending on the volume of travel, I was either fortunate or cursed to be able to visit a number of cities. When I knew in advance that I would have a few hours of down time during a trip I packed my camera and a couple of lenses in hopes of adding to my collection of travel photos.

London, the subject of my featured gallery for April, is a city I visited a number of times on business. Its many iconic locations – Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the stoic guards – provide opportunities to capture recognizable travel shots during quick walks in the city.

Watching baseball for free

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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 time for opening day in major league baseball so I’m using a baseball-related shot for my photo of the week. But it’s not one of my typical sports action shots. This one is outside a stadium, historic Wrigley Field in Chicago.

The Cincinnati Reds were playing the Chicago Cubs inside Wrigley on this April afternoon in 2006 but business commitments didn’t allow time for me to attend the game. …