By Ted Grussing
It has been a very good day beginning with an early AM flight up to Red Mountain to get some more shots of it … no matter how good you already have, the absolute perfection killer shot is just waiting to be taken so you go back and do it again. On the way up there at 10,500’ the flight was smooth but I knew that very likely when I dropped down to get the shots from an altitude of 8,000’ or less there were going to be some issues. Instrumentation was showing calculated winds aloft at between 25 and 30 kts which is fine and irrelevant when there are no obstructions, but Red Mountain is about 2500’ below Kendrick Peak and directly downwind. Think of it like water flowing in a stream over big rocks … when the flow is only a few knots a few burbles downstream from the rock, but make the water flow at 30 knots and you have some really messy turbulent water behind the rock. Expectations were fulfilled and I didn’t spend a whole lot of time shooting the mountain this morning, but did get some nice shots and this is one of them.