Blog: Words and images

Focused titmouse

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

I tend to laugh when I’m taking a photo of a Tufted Titmouse. The large, round eyes, small bill and brushy crest give the bird a permanent “surprised” expression on its face.

Titmice are common in forests here in Central Ohio and are frequent visitors to feeders in the area during winter months. The birds always select the largest seed they can find, carry it to a nearby perch and hit it with their bill until the seed cracks open. …

Monarch butterfly

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

The typical explanation for how I captured a nature photo starts with “I was hiking through a park when I came across … .”

Simply put, I hike until I find subjects in nature to photograph, stop to get the shot, then continue my photo hike.

But this photo of a monarch butterfly feeding on a butterfly bush doesn’t follow the typical scenario. Instead of me finding a subject to photograph, in this case the subject found me.

Hummingbird

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

I don’t get many opportunities to photograph hummingbirds during my nature hikes. I occasionally see them fly by, but they are often gone before I can get the camera in position.

The birds flow through life at a high speed, much faster than I can operate a camera in most instances. But I’ve been fortunate to capture a few nice photos of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds through the years, which is difficult because of their speed, constant motion and small size — only about three inches in length.

Photographing the Big Apple

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If someone asked me to compile a list of my favorite places for photography, the number one spot on the list would be filled quickly. It’s New York City, without a doubt. It’s the subject of my featured gallery for February.

What’s not to like? There are iconic locations like the Empire State Building, Radio City Music Hall, Grand Central Station or the New York Stock Exchange. There’s Central Park, with its variety of photo treasures.  There’s Times Square at night, with its lights and crowds. …