Blog: Words and images

Crossing the bridge

Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, the subject of my photo of the week, is still one of my favorite things to do in New York. The bridge is about a mile and a quarter long (it was, by far, the world’s longest suspension bridge when it was completed in 1883) with a wide pedestrian walkway above traffic. More than 4,000 pedestrians and 3,000 bicyclists cross the bridge each day, although I’ve been on the bridge on some nice-weather weekend days when it seems like all 7,000 walkers/cyclists are on it at the same time.

Egret reflection


A wading bird like the Great Egret, the subject of my photo of the week, is relaxing to watch while it is hunting for food.  

The bird remains motionless for a long period of time as it watches fish swim nearby. When it makes a choice from the watery menu, the bird begins the almost imperceptible process of lowering its head before striking quickly to catch a fish. 

I found this Great Egret hunting in the wetlands at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge near Hilton Head, S.C. It ignored me as I approached, which often doesn’t happen with egrets or herons. …

Yellow-rumped Warbler


Yellow-rumped Warblers, the subject of my photo of the week, pass through Central Ohio during spring migration north and fall migration south, but — except for the yellow rump — the fall bird bears little resemblance to the spring bird.

The bird shown above is sporting its fall/winter brown plumage. In the spring and summer, both sexes are an eye-catching gray/black with flashes of white in the wings and yellow on the sides, head and — of course — the rump. 

I found this Yellow-rumped Warbler on an October morning, bouncing from branch to branch in a park north of Columbus, Ohio. …

Under the dome

Washington, D.C., is a city filled with monuments and memorials.

Many — like the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial and the Korean War Memorial — are located along the National Mall, always a destination for tourists. The U.S. Capitol Building is at the west end of the National Mall. Various Smithsonian museums line the north and south sides. And the memorials/monuments I listed are at the east end.

And all of those memorials/monuments are at or near the top of the list of most-visited sites in Washington, D.C. They are easy for tourists to find during their walks.

Deer encounters


I encounter quite a few deer, the subject of my featured gallery for August, during my wildlife photo hikes. The woods are full of them and at times they seem as curious about my presence as I am surprised by theirs.

Many of my deer photos were taken during that extended moment when the deer stop their activities and stare, trying to determine if I’m a threat they should flee or if they can ignore me. It’s almost as if they are posing for the camera. Most of the time they flee. But sometimes they’ll hang around so I can get a few more photos.