Blog: Words and images

Turning a cable car


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

The cable car system in San Francisco is one of the city’s best known attractions. 

I’m sure part of the credit, especially for those who have never been to San Francisco, can be given to a Rice-A-Roni commercial that first aired in 1959 and ran for decades. The commercial showed a cable car cresting a hill as an advertising jingle played. The jingle ended with the words “Rice-A-Roni, the San Francisco treat.”

Goldfinch delicacy


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

This photo is typical of scenes I see in late summer in the fields of Central Ohio: an American Goldfinch feasting on thistle. When the birds find a plant bursting with thistledown they tend to ignore their surroundings while they enjoy a meal.

It’s a Goldfinch delicacy.

This male Goldfinch was perched in a field with the sun at its back and a line of trees in the background. …

Atlas at work


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

There are many statues, sculptures and other pieces of art on display along the streets of New York City.

The statue of Atlas that stands in front of Rockefeller Center’s International Building at 50th Street and Fifth Avenue (630 Fifth Avenue) is one of my favorites.

If you stand in front of the statue and look up (as I did for this photo) you see the 39-story International Building extending behind the sphere on Atlas’ shoulders. …

Reflection in the wall


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

I have a number of photographs of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and I’m always looking for new ways to capture the site. It’s a location with deep meaning to my generation. U.S. involvement in the war began escalating when I started elementary school. The U.S. withdrew forces while I was in college. The war was the background of my youth, always part of the evening news and the front-page headlines of the morning paper. 

White iris up close


I don’t get the opportunity to put a macro (or close-up) lens on my camera to get photographs of flowers. Most of the flower photos in my files were taken while I’m out shooting wildlife, so I’m about 15 feet from the plants using a telephoto lens

But for these photos of a white iris (my featured gallery for July), taken in our yard about nine years ago, I did use a macro lens – the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8. A macro lens allows a photographer to get very close to the subject, capturing detail that may be missed in photos captured from a distance.