Blog: Words and images

The best in the world

Each August I spend a few days watching and photographing the world's best tennis players competing in the Western & Southern Open Tennis Tournament in Cincinnati. And each September I use the new photos as my featured gallery.

The Western & Southern Open is about as close to a Grand Slam tennis tournament as an event can get. It's one of only nine tournaments in the world where the top men and women play simultaneously at the same site: the four majors (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. …

Chasing history

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

Serena Williams is chasing history when the U.S. Open tennis tournament opens tomorrow at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City.

The U.S. Open is the fourth and final Grand Slam tennis event of the year and Williams has won the first three — the Australian Open on fast hard courts, the French Open on slow clay and Wimbledon on fast (and sometimes unpredictable) grass. …

Tiger swallowtail

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

I wish I had more photos of butterflies in my collection. The ones I have are “happy accidents” — butterflies encountered when I’m photographing birds in and around fields in local parks.

But there was one day when I did plan a trip specifically to get photos of butterflies. I had talked with another area photographer who said he captured a lot of great butterfly photos during a visit to Inniswood Metro Park earlier that day. …

Grand facade

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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 a number of photos of the inside of New York’s Grand Central Terminal (often referred to incorrectly as Grand Central Station), but very few photos of the outside of the historic train station.

The reasons for the dearth of exterior photos in my collection are lack of space and lack of effort.

Grand Central is a large building surrounded by large buildings, bordered on the south by a very busy 42nd Street and on the west by a very narrow Vanderbilt Avenue. …

Male Towhee

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

The Eastern Towhee is an example of a bird that is heard but often not seen.

I have a small collection of photos of Eastern Towhees in my files, even though I hear the Towhee’s song just about every time I go into the woods. The song sounds like the bird is saying “tow-hee” or “drink your tea,” with the emphasis on the last syllable. 

So knowing the bird is nearby isn’t the issue. …