Blog: Words and images

Julie in the leaves

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

This is an October 1977 photo of my wife Julie holding her dog Peaches while sitting in the leaves in our backyard in Ashland, Ky., our hometown. 

Julie was playing with the dog on a perfect fall day so I decided to grab a few informal photos on the end of a roll of Tri-X (a black and white film from Kodak) that I had in my camera. Nothing planned. …

Through the arcade

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

Whenever my wife and I are in New York City and have some free time we’ll often go for a walk in Central Park. And we never fail to see something new.

I guess that isn’t surprising because Central Park covers more than 1.3 square miles. An area that size can hold a trove of interesting features.

Bethesda Terrace Arcade definitely qualifies as an interesting feature. …

Sky woman

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

Inniswood Metro Gardens, part of the Franklin County, Ohio, Metro Parks system, is unique among area metro parks. It’s a park that horticulturists and landscaping enthusiasts can love.

The 121-acre park has more than 2,000 species of plants, many included in beautifully landscaped specialty collections and theme gardens that include the rose garden, herb garden and woodland rock garden. …

Male Tree Swallow

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

I know that spring is near when I see two things: male Red-winged Blackbirds staking out territory and Tree Swallows performing aerial acrobatics above fields.

Watching the Tree Swallows in flight is by far the most enjoyable of the two signs of spring. The birds dive, swoop, climb, flip, twist, turn or hover unpredictably, seeming to defy the laws of aerodynamics as they chase the small flying insects the make up their food supply. …

Games people play

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When winter comes there are a lot of days when I don’t feel like bundling up in multiple insulated layers, opening some hand warmers and grabbing a backpack full of camera gear to do some outdoor photography.

I do still go out. Winter landscape and wildlife photos are nice to have. But I also use winter months to work on some indoor photography project ideas I jot down during the year.

This is one of those projects.

We have a number of board games we’ve bought over the decades that are stashed on shelves in the basement. …