Blog: Words and images

A collection of Egrets

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Egrets, the subject of my featured gallery for April, are fixtures in many wetland areas in the United States, but it’s somewhat rare for me to find them here in Central Ohio. 

I’m not sure why. 

Central Ohio is part of the Egret’s normal range, according to all the reference material I’ve checked. And I’ll occasionally see one in the wetlands in Slate Run Metro Park south of Columbus. 

But that’s about it.

The majority of my Egret photos were captured during my annual trip each May to Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in Oak Harbor, Ohio, on the banks of Lake Erie. …

Sparrow carrying food

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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 spring, which means we’re approaching the time of year when baby birds begin arriving and the adults spend much of their time locating food to carry back to the nests.

I have photos of a variety of birds with their young in nests high in trees or at the openings to nesting boxes. But Field Sparrows are one of my favorite subjects at nesting time.

New York City panoramas

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

Creating a panorama is relatively simple using a digital camera and software like Adobe Photoshop. All that’s required is a proper subject, some planning and enough knowledge about the operation of your camera to be able to make manual exposure adjustments.

A digital panorama is constructed of multiple photos “stitched together” (or combined) to create one long, seamless image. 

Discussion between Swallows

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

I know that winter is over and better weather is coming when I see the first Tree Swallow in the fields here in Central Ohio. 

The birds are hard to miss as they do their aerial acrobatics while chasing flying insects. They will quickly change speed or direction, suddenly dive or at times stop and hover mid-flight to grab their meal.

During the rare moments when they aren’t in flight you can see Tree Swallows engage in lively debates over perching rights. …

Waxwing on a limb

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

Cedar Waxwings are one of my favorite birds to photograph, but I don’t have all that many photos of Waxwings in my collection. Even though Waxwings are somewhat common in this area, I don’t see them that often when I’m out with my camera. And when I do see one, the active nature of Waxwings makes them a bit difficult to photograph. They don’t perch in one spot for very long.