Blog: Words and images

NY at night from above


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

I like night photography, but it’s not something I do very often. 

Maybe it’s a sign of laziness on my part, because night photography takes a lot of effort. You have to identify an interesting scene, haul the camera, lenses and a tripod to a suitable location, compose the shot and take multiple long exposures. A couple of hours work could lead to one or two usable photos.

Vertical perch


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

I see a number of flycatchers in local fields and wetlands during the spring and early summer months. 

The birds are fun to watch as they jump and hover to catch insects. But the similarity of the different types of flycatchers make them difficult to identify correåctly.

The flycatcher family in North America includes a variety of very similar looking birds: Phoebes, Kingbirds, Peewees, Kiskadees and more than a dozen types of birds carrying the Flycatcher name. 

Rosie flying to victory


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

Keeneland, the historic race track in Lexington, Ky., opened its fall meet on Friday. For the next three weeks the track will host races featuring great horses and, more importantly, great jockeys.

And when it comes to jockeys, Rosie Napravnik is one of the best.

Napravnik, shown here riding Spoonfulofsugar to a win in a maiden race during last fall’s meet at Keeneland, is easily the nation’s leading female jockey. …

Warblers, spring and fall


It’s unusual to find a warbler in Central Ohio during the summer, even though the range for some warblers includes this area.

But it’s a different story in spring and fall when brightly-colored warblers pass through the area while commuting between their winter home, typically in South America, and their summer home in Canada. The variety of birds increases significantly during May and late September, which is when I shot these warbler photos — the subject of my

Time in the balance


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

I’ve always referred to this photo from Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Ky., south of Lexington, as “time in the balance.”

There’s a grandfather’s clock (time) in the center of a symmetrical (balanced) scene. The name isn’t all that creative, but it works.

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Ky. is an interesting place for a photographer who enjoys shooting architecture. …