Blog: Words and images

Time for the U.S. Open

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

The U.S. Open Tennis Tournament, the final major of the year, opens tomorrow at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.

Serena Williams, the world’s top-ranked women’s player, enters the tournament as the favorite to win the women’s title after rolling through the Western & Southern Open Tennis Tournament in Cincinnati a week ago. …

Windy City reflection

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

They call Chicago the Windy City and in this photo it appears the wind is strong enough to make the buildings sway.

That’s really not the case. The photo shows a reflection in a curved sculpture in a downtown Chicago park.

The Cloud Gate sculpture, on Chicago’s AT&T Plaza in Millennium Park, is a 110-ton elliptical sculpture forged from a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates that reflect the city’s skyline (bottom photo). …

Sandhill Crane walking

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

I’ve had the good fortune the last few years to spend time watching Sandhill Cranes in the wetlands area of a local park.

The adult pair shows up in early spring. They build a nest, raise their babies during the summer and fall, then disappear for the winter. They show up again in the spring to repeat the process.

Unlike Great Blue Herons or Egrets that fly off when they see a human, the Sandhill Cranes look at me when I approach, determine I’m not a threat, then go about their business. …

Purple coneflower 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. 

Fields in Central Ohio parks are filled with a variety of wildflowers during the summer months, so I’m surrounded by color when I’m on my summertime wildlife photo-hikes.

And I’ll occasionally grab a shot if I see a flower the provides an interesting composition. I don’t carry a macro (or close-up) lens with me on these hikes so I have to use my bird set-up: a 600 millimeter super telephoto lens and a 1.4x teleconverter to give me an 840-millimeter focal length. …

Eastern Bluebirds

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Eastern Bluebirds, the subject of my featured gallery for August, have become a somewhat common sight in the Eastern U.S. and here in Central Ohio. But that wasn’t the case 30 years ago, when harsh winters, the destruction of natural habitat, the harmful effect of pesticides and competition with other cavity nesters combined to make the Eastern Bluebird a rare sight.

The number of Eastern Bluebirds had declined almost 90 percent from populations recorded in the late 1950s and early 1960s. …