Blog: Words and images

Berry meal

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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 lot of House Finches in our area, like this male House Finch feeding on berries in Sharon Woods Metro Park north of Columbus, Ohio. But I didn’t know the birds aren’t native to this area until I was doing some research in preparation for writing about this photo.

The House Finch is native to the western United States and Mexico, according to my favorite source for bird information, All About Birds

To the win

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

A couple of years ago I wrote a blog about my disappointment with the closing of Beulah Park, a nice, little race track in Grove City (a Columbus, Ohio suburb) that ended its final meet in May 2014. The blog accompanied a photo of jockey Edgar Paucar, a very successful jockey primarily at small tracks like Beulah, in the winner’s circle.

Here’s another photo Paucar at work, again riding a winner. He’s encouraging Angel Wings to what turned out to be an easy eight-length win in a five-furlong race on Nov. 26, 2008 — the day before Thanksgiving.

Bubble fun

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

I’ve spent a lot of time in New York City through the years on work-related and leisure travel. It’s one of my favorite destinations.

And one of my favorite things to do when I have free time in the city is to walk through different areas of Central Park. The park is an 843-acre treasure trove of nature and activities smack in the middle of one of the world’s largest cities.

Visits to Central Park usually lead to the discovery of a site or feature in the park that I’ve never seen or different activities to watch. …

Around the water

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A few months ago, when I was searching my database of more than 100,000 photos looking for a specific shot, I suddenly realized how many photos I had where water played a significant role in the scene.

East coast … west coast … gulf coast … north coast (Lake Erie) … lakes … ponds … rivers … streams … I had thousands of water-related photos on file. 

So I decided to select a subset from the thousands to use as a featured gallery for July.

Water makes an excellent subject to add to a landscape scene. …