Blog: Words and images

Chickadee and leaves

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

I see a lot of Black-capped Chickadees in Central Ohio, especially during the snowy winter months.

But just because I see a lot of Chickadees doesn’t mean I have a lot of photos. These little birds are very difficult to shoot because they are quick and typically don’t stay in one spot for very long.

But they are fun to watch.

The bird’s short neck and large head give it a unique shape, somewhat like a bullet. …

Battling down the stretch

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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 only a few weeks until Keeneland Race Course, the historic race track in Lexington, Ky., opens its three-week fall meet. The track hosts two racing meets a year — a three-week spring meet in April and a three-week fall meet in October. We attend a day of racing each meet. 

This year’s fall meet opens Oct. 3.

I always take my camera to the track to add to my collection of horse racing photos. …

Cardinal camouflage

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

Female Northern Cardinals, unlike their bright red male counterparts, can be difficult to see — especially in fall or winter. Their subtle color (yellow-brown with touches of red on the crest, back and tail) blends in with their surroundings.

I came across this female Cardinal on a winter morning, perched about a foot above the ground near the edge of the woods. …

Professional tennis action

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August is my favorite time of the year for photography. I spend a few days watching and photographing the world’s best tennis players (ike Roger Federer, above) competing in the Western & Southern Open Tennis Tournament in Mason, Ohio, just north of 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 tournament as a non-Slam 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. …

Reflected sunset

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

It is difficult to capture an interesting sunset photograph from the middle of New York City. Tall buildings block the horizon so sunset in the middle of the city is marked not so much by the sun reaching the horizon, but by street and building lights coming on.

The best way to get a sunset shot in the city is to stand on top of a tall building, as I’ve done for sunset photos from the top of Rockefeller Center.