Blog: Words and images

Pink daisy

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

Many of the photos in my files required some sort of travel, either drives to parks in search of wildlife photos or flights to other cities to play tourist for a few days.

But some of my favorite flower photos required taking just a few steps outside the door to my house on a spring or summer day.

My wife always has our house surrounded by colorful flowers during the spring and summer, providing excellent subjects if I’m in the mood for some macro (or close-up) photography. …

A collection of sparrows

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There are more than 50 types of birds in North America that carry the name “sparrow,” the subject of my featured gallery for February. That’s a lot of different streaky brown birds hanging around.

Of the many varieties of sparrows, 13 spend at least part of the year in Central Ohio where I live. I have photos of 11 of the 13: American Tree Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, House Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow and White-throated Sparrow. 

Leaves in the light

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

I spend a lot of time in woods and fields on photo hikes, but most of my trips are in search of wildlife photos. That means I’m carrying a super telephoto lens (my very long and very heavy 600 millimeter with a 1.4x teleconverter for a total effective focal length of 840 millimeters) to capture photographs of small, distant birds.

But occasionally I’ll run across a non-wildlife scene that catches my attention, forcing me to use a super telephoto lens to capture a scene best suited for a different, shorter lens. …

Chickadee at work

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

Chickadee is such a funny word.

I remember as a very young kid running through the neighborhood with a bunch of other kids all repeating the line, “my little chickadee.” I guess someone in the group had seen W.C. Fields on TV. Fields first used the catchphrase in a 1932 movie, “If I Had A Million,” and later starred in a 1940 movie called “My Little Chickadee.” …

Library of Congress

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

This photo of the Main Reading Room in the Library of Congress is one of my favorites from the hundreds of Washington, D.C., shots in my collection. But I may have broken the Library of Congress rules to get the photo. 

Or maybe I didn’t. 

I honestly don’t know.

Here’s my story:

The Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress is one of my favorite buildings in Washington, D.C. …