Blog: Words and images

Into the stretch

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

I really enjoy watching (and photographing) horse racing, especially at Keeneland, the historic race track in Lexington, Ky. There’s little I enjoy more than standing at the rail, watching the horses come off the final turn and pulling for the horse I bet on to beat the others to the finish.

I win some. I lose some. And I get a lot of photos.

I grabbed this shot when we attended the opening day of Keeneland’s spring meet in 2009, but I was actually standing outside the “paid admission” part of the track. …

In the big chair

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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 old family photo I shot on 35mm film in 1977. It shows my then two-year-old niece, Lori Hall (now Lori Hall Royster), sitting in a big chair in the front room at my Hemlepp grandparents’ house at 414 Long Street in Ashland, Ky., during the annual family Christmas party.

I like how Lori’s red hair and red dress worked with the yellow chair cover and how the soft light coming through the window combined with flash bounced off the ceiling to provide a natural lighting look for the photo. …

Post parade

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

Keeneland Race Course, the historic race track in Lexington, Ky., opened its three-week spring meet on Friday. The track hosts two racing meets a year — a three-week spring meet in April and a three-week fall meet in October. We attend a day of racing each meet. 

I always take my camera to the track to add to my collection of horse racing photos. Keeneland is very photo friendly, unlike some other sport sites. …

A collection of Egrets

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Egrets, the subject of my featured gallery for April, are fixtures in many wetland areas in the United States, but it’s somewhat rare for me to find them here in Central Ohio. 

I’m not sure why. 

Central Ohio is part of the Egret’s normal range, according to all the reference material I’ve checked. And I’ll occasionally see one in the wetlands in Slate Run Metro Park south of Columbus. 

But that’s about it.

The majority of my Egret photos were captured during my annual trip each May to Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in Oak Harbor, Ohio, on the banks of Lake Erie. …

Sparrow carrying food

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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 spring, which means we’re approaching the time of year when baby birds begin arriving and the adults spend much of their time locating food to carry back to the nests.

I have photos of a variety of birds with their young in nests high in trees or at the openings to nesting boxes. But Field Sparrows are one of my favorite subjects at nesting time.