Blog: Words and images

Colorful hot air balloons

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There are a lot of subjects I enjoy photographing, things like wildlife, cities and a variety of sports. But shooting hot air balloons, the subject of my featured gallery for November, is near the top of my list.

Unfortunately, our local hot air balloon festival no longer exists. For years, Grove City, Ohio, hosted a hot air balloon festival in August at Beulah Park, a horse racing track in the Columbus suburb. But the track closed earlier this year (Penn National bought it and transferred the license to a track elsewhere in the state to eliminate competition for a new Penn National casino in the area). …

Anhinga in a pine tree

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

I had never heard of an Anhinga before I shot this photo of a female Anhinga in a pine tree. It’s a bird found in southern swamps and I live in the northern half of the U.S.

But I had watched this bird (or possibly other Anhingas) for a couple of days before finally getting this shot behind my in-law’s house on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina a few years ago.

NY at night from above

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

I like night photography, but it’s not something I do very often. 

Maybe it’s a sign of laziness on my part, because night photography takes a lot of effort. You have to identify an interesting scene, haul the camera, lenses and a tripod to a suitable location, compose the shot and take multiple long exposures. A couple of hours work could lead to one or two usable photos.

Vertical perch

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

I see a number of flycatchers in local fields and wetlands during the spring and early summer months. 

The birds are fun to watch as they jump and hover to catch insects. But the similarity of the different types of flycatchers make them difficult to identify correåctly.

The flycatcher family in North America includes a variety of very similar looking birds: Phoebes, Kingbirds, Peewees, Kiskadees and more than a dozen types of birds carrying the Flycatcher name. 

Rosie flying to victory

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

Keeneland, the historic race track in Lexington, Ky., opened its fall meet on Friday. For the next three weeks the track will host races featuring great horses and, more importantly, great jockeys.

And when it comes to jockeys, Rosie Napravnik is one of the best.

Napravnik, shown here riding Spoonfulofsugar to a win in a maiden race during last fall’s meet at Keeneland, is easily the nation’s leading female jockey. …