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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
The hunt

Friday, August 28th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… each and every day it is the responsibility of each creature in nature to provide its own source of food and shelter … they do it themselves … each and every day … no safety net, life real time and consequences that have meaning. This is one of my favorite eagle shots as he was searching for prey, locked on and went for it with everything focused on the target and survival.

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By Ted Grussing

It certainly looks like this Coopers Hawk is surveying the fresh meat market that nature serves up daily … like if I kill it, what do I do with that much meat? Can I get it home? He spent a few minutes sizing up the situation and I think he was about to strike (after this shot) when some golfers came rolling up to the then 2nd Tee box, now 11th tee box. I waved and tried to get them to hold up for a few minutes, but they would have none of it … by then the Gopher Snake was totally in the grass and the Coop flew off without making a strike. He might not have made a strike, but he was still pondering the possibility and it would have been fun to watch and record the event. Check those talons out.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Tail dragger

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… this Ringneck duck is coming in for a perfect landing with his tail dragging through the water providing a braking action and his “main gear” deployed and extended waiting for the flying speed to drain off and make contact with the water throwing up a spray worthy of a water skier doing slalom. I love shooting wildlife and this is a shot I took a couple of years ago … it is a keeper.

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By Ted Grussing

… the folders with some of my favorite photos this afternoon … deleting images and reworking the ones I am keeping. At the time I took many of these photos ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) was primitive by today’s standards and much of the work that I did in Photoshop can now be done in ACR … this is also the same engine that powers Adobe Lightroom but with a much more elegant user interface in Lightroom plus the more efficient database method of storing and cataloging your photos. Unlikely that I will ever switch over to Lightroom because to be honest I like the way I do things … and I am used to it and comfortable with it and that counts for a lot.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Empty handed

Monday, August 24th, 2015

… technically it should be empty talons as this Osprey rises from the water having missed the fish he dived in to get. I have some shots with him below the water except for the wing tips still above water but they are not as crisp as I would like and for that matter neither is this one. I used the 1D-X with the new 100/400 to get the shot. The Osprey was more than a hundred yards from me so actually I am pleased to get anything that is kinda good … and the lighting was flat … and I had a terrific time.

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By Ted Grussing

… when Ted & Sus were taking me back to the airport on Sunday afternoon a couple of weeks ago Rte 92 out of HMB was stop and stop at Hwy 1 so it seemed like a good decision to head north on coast Hwy 1 and avoid the congestion; we got a late start had the anticipated slow and go going through La Granada and instead of the normally open and fast moving traffic we found stop and once in a while go … it was not looking good for making the flight. Just before we got to Devils Tunnels (officially Tom Lantos Tunnels) the traffic began to open up a bit and Ted began shifting the car into warp speed mode … we got to the terminal 30 minutes before the departure time, a late check of my bag, an extraordinarily helpful crew on security and I made it to the gate just before they began to board the flight and I got my A30 boarding position.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
The music

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… frequently my choice of images and writing is influenced by the music I am listening to. Tonight I was kicking back going through the shots from Filoli Gardens of a couple of weeks ago and listening to music composed and performed by Kitaro and I saw this photo  of a water lily that was in one of the reflection pools at Filoli. So, I put my feet up on the desk, leaned back and dozed off gazing at this image and swept through nice places by enchanting music.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Heading for shore

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… I got this shot of a Great Blue Heron heading across the pond towards a new fishing position on the edge of the rushes on the shore ahead of him … there he will stand quietly waiting for fish to swim by him at which time he uses his head like an arrow and spears them or grabs them with his beak if they are small enough. I took the shot at Bubbling ponds and the day was more than warm …

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Last flight

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

It is not uncommon to see feathers on the ground, perhaps the host is okay, perhaps the host is sustaining other life, but in any case the feather has seen its last flight … you have to wonder at how it helped the bird fly and the places it has gone before it settled on the water in one of the ponds at Bubbling Springs Fish Hatchery. I like the look of the water too as it does not have a very watery look to it.

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By Ted Grussing

… I had the good fortune to see  a number of Western Tiger Swallow Tail butterflies feeding on a neighbors Bird of Paradise bushes this morning … 270 shots later I continued my walk and having fun going through the photos this evening. I’ll eventually get the number down to about 15. I especially enjoy this shot where two of them were on neighboring blooms. The entanglement of insect limbs and flower parts make for a complicated vision of life forms coming together; one for nourishment and the other for pollination … somehow nature always seems to work without any input from us :+)

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