Blog: Words and images

Photographing titmice

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I do quite a bit of wildlife photography so I spend a lot of time looking at a variety of birds through the viewfinder of my cameras. My concentration is on all the technical aspects of photography: focus, exposure, composition, etc. It doesn’t matter if the bird is a cardinal, a sparrow or a finch.

But when I get a Tufted Titmouse in the viewfinder I tend to laugh. The large, round eyes, small bill and brushy crest give the bird a permanent “surprised” expression on its face.

Colorful video

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

It feels rather odd to be posting a photo of someone else capturing images of autumn leaves as my photo of the week, but I like the photo and the story that goes with it.

I was hiking through Sharon Woods Metro Park north of Columbus, Ohio, on a nice October morning in 2009, hoping to get some photos of birds migrating south for the winter. I wasn’t seeing much — just some sparrows, late-season goldfinches and a few other birds that are common in this area. 

Hawk calling

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

It’s not unusual for me to see hawks flying over fields and forests when I’m on one of my photo hikes. The birds can cover a large area very quickly, flying large, sweeping, circular routes as they search for food.

I’ve captured quite a few photos of hawks in flight through the years, but only a handful of the shots are worthy of display. Many of the others have the bird in an uninteresting position or facing away from the camera, or distracting items (trees, power lines) in the background, or a boring white sky or the bird too far away. …

Rest in peace, Bucky

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

In the six years I’ve had my website I’ve never repeated a photo of the week until now. I first used this shot as a photo of the week five years ago, but it’s appropriate to repost this photo to mark the passing of a Kentucky and horse racing legend.

Long-time Keeneland bugler George “Bucky” Sallee died Monday In Lexington, Ky. He was 87.

Bucky retired in 2013 after more than 50 years as Keeneland’s bugler. …

Waxwing on green

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

Cedar Waxwings are very distinctive birds, with their shiny, silky feathers of brown, gray, yellow and black. They stand tall when perched, with their crest swept back stylishly above their black mask. Wing feathers have waxy red tips (that’s where waxwings get their name) and tail feathers are tipped with yellow.

It almost looks as if the birds are permanently dressed for a formal occasion.