Blog: Words and images

Monarch on teasel

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

The monarch butterfly, seen on flowers and in the fields of Central Ohio during the summer months, is unique among butterflies. It’s the only butterfly that migrates north and south, coming as far north as Canada each summer before returning to Mexico for the winter. 

But the monarch’s life span is so short — usually no more than two months for butterflies born in early summer — that no one monarch makes the round-trip migration. …

Cupid’s Span

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

A couple of months ago I posted a featured gallery with photos of the Cubed Curve, a sculpture in midtown Manhattan. In the gallery description I said how I like photographing public art, showing how it works with the buildings that surround it, and I mentioned that Cubed Curve was one of my favorite pieces of public art to photograph. I noted that the other was Cupid’s Span on the Embarcadero in San Francisco, but said that was another story for another day.

Above St. Pancras

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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 rather easy to find a passenger train station in and around London, England. There are 330 of them within the city boundary. The number jumps to 366 if you include the suburbs. And that doesn’t include stations for the London Underground, the city’s subway system commonly referred to as the tubes.

This is a photo of the skylight above the international terminal in St. …

Marblehead Lighthouse

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Each spring during the last few years I’ve visited parks in northwest Ohio, along Lake Erie, to photograph wildlife. It’s a busy time in those parks, with throngs of birdwatchers on hand to watch a variety of migrating warblers gathered to feed for a few days before flying across Lake Erie to their summer homes in Canada.

The warbler photos I’ve captured during those trips are some of my favorites, although dealing with the massive crowds of people can be a pain.

Female cardinal

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

Northern Cardinals are one of a number of dimorphic species of birds, where the color of the male differs from that of the female.

Male Northern Cardinals are attention-getting birds, with brilliant red feathers, red-orange beak, black face and sharp crest. You can spot the red in green trees and bushes during the summer or against snowy backgrounds during the winter since cardinals don’t migrate.