Blog: Words and images

Ready to go

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

Like most kids, when I was young I wanted to be a fireman. Riding around on that big, loud, red truck seemed like the perfect job. I had little concept of what the job really was: many hours of down time followed suddenly and unexpectedly by life-threatening situations. It’s a necessary, but dangerous, profession that risks lives to save lives.

When I see a fire truck responding to a call today, my first thoughts are hopes that the situation is minor and no lives are at risk.

Fox squirrel tail tale

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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 squirrels during my hikes through local forests, so I’ve added a lot of photos of squirrels to my files through the years.

But this photo of a fox squirrel is one of the first I think of whenever I need to use a photo of a squirrel for some project. It’s not my favorite (the squirrel peering out from a hole in a tree or the squirrel facing the camera in a three-point stance are much better photos, in my opinion), but it’s definitely memorable.

Rushing water

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

There are a number of streams in parks near my home in Central Ohio. Most of the year these streams carry little more than a trickle of water, making them a nice feature to include in a landscape photograph but of little interest as the primary subject for a photo.

That changes after a heavy rain, when rushing water fills (and sometimes overfills) the streams. …

Eye contact

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

This looks like a posed portrait of a deer with its gaze focused directly on the camera. Its smile needs a bit of work and, because I don’t do portraits, I didn’t think to remove that fly resting between the eyes before I grabbed the shot. 

This is a deer I encountered in a field west of Columbus, Ohio. It was curious about what I was doing and kept its eyes on me for a couple of minutes before bounding off into the woods.

Lamps and arches

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

If there is ever a contest to decide the most photogenic bridge, I know the Brooklyn Bridge would get my vote. 

Sorry Golden Gate Bridge. I like you, too, especially for photos of wide vistas showing the fog covering the bay and hills in the background. It makes for a beautiful photograph.

But the Brooklyn Bridge offers sweeping vistas of its own, with the New York City skyline in the background, that make equally beautiful photographs.