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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Recon …

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

… and a good term to use to describe this eagle on the hunt for food … no Safeway for him, he gathers fresh every day … of course they do not have a Safeway’s and each is left to their own devices in the daily quest for food.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Welcome …

Monday, May 25th, 2015

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… to the Village of Oak Creek and Sedona as you come up from I-17 on SR 179 … of course, this is a wee bit different view than you get from ground level, and that is extraordinary too. The Village is where I live (mailing address is Sedona) and I live on the second golf course from the bottom on the left side of the image … Sedona Golf Resort is the near golf course on the left and across SR 179 on the right in the lower quadrant is Canyon Mesa Country Club … the latter is a nice executive course and though not long used to demand straight or well-placed shots. Corky usually cleaned my clock on that course because accuracy is far more important than distance. Fun!

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… I took this shot before landing Sunday afternoon; the storms of late last week left a lot of snow on the peaks and I liked this last look before I entered the pattern to land back at Sedona. In the foreground going up to the rim is Long Canyon and you can see Seven Canyons Golf Course near center left; off image left is Enchantment Resort and on the right is Thunder Mountain. Moving across the horizon from left to right you have Kendrick Peak (also covered in snow), the San Francisco Peaks and Mt. Elden.  Nothing remarkable going on in the photo and it is just one of those images that it is fun to gaze at Cloud Base was around 12,000’+ and those clouds were working but the winds were shredding the thermals too … so just a neat day and a nice remembrance.

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Friday will mark the first anniversary of the Slide Fire which was human caused … as you take to the forests and other recreational areas please, please make sure that you practice safe fire techniques. And you know what? Even though the ambiance of an open fire is truly neat and it is great to sit around a camp fire in the evening, try something new this year … use a Coleman alcohol or propane stove for your cooking and just sit around together without a fire and enjoy nature and each other’s company. You do not want to be responsible for something like this!

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
The concert…

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… was fabulous … the sandwich at Ike’s Place, good and college towns are unique and fun. Just got home from the tenth anniversary tour of Celtic Woman and although the performers change the music is at a consistently high standard. Lisa Kelly who left the group in 2011, moved to the Atlanta, GA area and opened a voice academy. Cloe Agnew who was with the group from the beginning left the group last year and has joined Lisa Kelly. The website is: http://www.thelisakellyvoiceacademy.com/ and it looks like they do an annual performance … might be worth a trip to Georgia.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography: Dive

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… I was listening to Sarah Brightman’s album Dive whilst working on images today and today is the day I spent going through waterfowl images and I remembered some photos I took of Canvasbacks diving for food and it just seemed like a cool image to send out tonight. There is an incredible beauty in watching other species going about their normal lives and collecting the food they need to survive. This shot was taken just as he was arching up and over to dive for the bottom and the food that is down there. Next his tail came up as the head descended deeper in the water and the webbed feet propelled him down. Anyhow, I think it is a pretty cool shot and obviously it survived the cut. So far today more than a thousand shots of ducks have found their way back into digital oblivion and the  portfolio has shrunk to 470GB … and dropping … 14,000+ images have been tanked and about 14,000 more will be joining them.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Wind song

Monday, May 18th, 2015

… while doing a shoot at the airport this afternoon with two of my favorite musicians, Anthony Mazzella and Peter Sterling the wind began to play songs on Peters Harp and it was like the sounds of the universe, ebbing and flowing and reminding you of the beauty of nature and the ways she can speak to us. It was a fun shoot and I am sure the more traditional shots will be used in promoting the event which is scheduled for the Mary D. Fisher Theater on Saturday June 13th at 7PM. The music will be wonderful and imaginative as only these two guys can do.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography: Alone

Friday, May 15th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… another nice day and enforcing a relaxed take on the day making myself refrain from work, spend some time just doing nothing and enjoying watching the clock which continues to advance and I contemplate the things I should be doing and delight in the joy of not doing them … but I am thinking about them … and happy that is as far as it gets. I still seem to accomplish a lot but am truly enjoying the periods I merely think about it. I can sense that this about to change again, but will treasure these relaxed moments and savor the delicious nothingness.

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… it has been a rather fun day working on a project for a friend, doing some stone work and talking to other friends. Late afternoon friends from Massachusetts/So Arizona arrived and we had a pleasant dinner at the Hilton enjoying good food, good company and the ever enjoyable music of Anthony … home,  more conversation and goodbye for now. Started looking for a photo for tonight while working my way through yet another folder high on the deletion list, decided to check email and voila the internet service is out until 5AM … so then I came across this photo in that folder and knew that this needed to go out tonight … at first impression it seems like a tribute offered to us by nature, then in the lower right you will find a stone age couple whose love is preserved forever or at least until it erodes away or a cataclysmic event granulates them.

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… I took this shot in September of 2013 on a flight with Corky; she always enjoyed flights to the San Francisco Peaks with me and she enjoyed flying a little closer to the mountains than I do with other people, so it was a fun day for both of us. You can see someone standing in what is kind of a stone wall enclosure at the summit of Humphreys Peak at 12,633’ above sea level. Think it is probably there to give some shelter if weather comes up quickly and you are up there. I do like my shelter … it has wings and can get me out of there. Towards the left of the image the terrain falls off pretty sharply and you can see some of the trees above Lockett Meadow.

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… I got this shot of a very handsome and well fed coyote a few years ago on my way home from the airport. He crossed the road in front of me so I stopped, got the camera out and we had a nice conversation for a bit … he enjoyed getting his photo taken and hung out for about five minutes whilst I talked with him … more a thing of the mind than verbal expression. Anyhow I got a lot of good shots of him and only deleted a few. Empty lot in a residential area near home. You do not have to go far to find great wildlife shooting.

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… tonight it was a trip through the Bobcat files and it was the third time through before I could delete any of them; finally I decided the same criteria needed to apply as the other subjects  … almost … and a couple hundred of them went goodbye and are now in the great abyss that is digital termination, perhaps continuation in another parallel universe where I did not do the deletions … glad I am in this one. I didn’t do so well with the folders of shots of Nimbus, Q and One where no images were deleted. Done with Cats, through Chipmunks and later this morning the move is down the alphabetical list and I start with Coyotes.

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By Ted Grussing

… to each and every one of you mothers out there and remembering those mothers who have passed.

So these are the Mothers in my life … Corky, and from left lower Gert, Corky’s mom, Evie, my mom. Left side our daughter Susan and her daughter Annika and right side our daughter Joleen and her daughters Ellie and Caroline.

The roses were a gift to Corky on Mother’s day 2009 from a friend of ours.

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… a rose is still a rose … inviting … beautiful and calming. I took this shot whilst on an early morning walk in Half Moon Bay, Ca last August and there was a light rain that allowed for the formation of many drops that adhered to the petals of this bloom. I like it that so many people love beautiful things and plant all these flowers out in front of their homes so that those like me who do not grow them can enjoy such beauty … and so can you. It is also indicative of the premise that most people are really good people; why else would they put such beautiful flowers out for others to enjoy? It’s like they are inviting others to see how much beauty they find in life.

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A very special offer for anyone who would like some poster size photographic prints.

These are on your choice of three different Kodak Professional Grade Papers;  glossy, luster, metallic. The sizes are 16” x 20” or 20” x 30”.

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… one of the fun things about going through all my photos is that I get to escape to beautiful places I have been and times when life was different. I have gone through all the uploads through today in May, have everything sorted to where it belongs and this afternoon began going through the prime folders and files. These are the folders that house all of a particular subject like Black Hawks and so on. These folders will be furnishing the really dramatic cuts. While they contain the best of each upload it is now a comparison between different shoots. The Blackhawk folder has diminished from 282 really good photos to 112 excellent ones … and that was one of the smaller folders. Today is going to be another day of going through the photos and I should be well down into the 400+GB by the end of the day … and I’m reducing the objective to 275GB and no more than ten thousand images. That will be a portfolio worth owning!

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… that which is within is often and as strangely beautiful as anything out there … and it is easy to enjoy. I took this shot of some Moon Jelly fish about six years ago whilst on a tour of the Aquarium of the Bay,  at the edge of Pier 39 in the Embarcadero area. The aquarium is owned and operated by the Bay Institute which is doing a remarkable job in protecting, restoring and inspiring the conservation of the San Francisco Bay.

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I took care of some business this morning … photos and stuff like that  and then decided to head to the airport and do a soaring cross country flight. Didn’t have a lot of time as the ISO 100 group was meeting here tonight so decided on just a short triangle of bout 40 +/- miles.  So it was a nice launch and engine off in about six minutes as I hooked a pretty good thermal and took it right up to 10,000’ and I was off. Got pretty low a couple of times and most of the thermals were pretty gnarly and trashy, but there were a couple with 7+kts(700’ per minute up) on the averager. Anyhow it was my first XC of the year as pure glider and it was super fun and completed it in about an hour … not fast, but my skills were a little rusty and definitely long soaring xc flights are the emphasis this year.

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… enough to last a day … a lifetime, but then I repeat myself … and hopefully a chance to do it all over again.  I turned the engine off a few seconds after I took the shot I sent out last night and took a sled ride back to Sedona all the while treated to beauty like this. How good can it get?

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… every day has them and today was no exception … a great start with the morning caffeine, calisthenics weights, treadmill and more caffeine. Most of the day was spent going through the portfolio and  deletions and cataloging. A short break in the day to visit Dennis at the Village Barber midafternoon and then after looking out his window at the clouds up on the plateau I knew I had to join them so it was home, put some food out for One and the birds and thence to the airport. It was fabulous and about 6PM saw me rolling down the runway for the trip North to the peaks and see if I could get some rays of last light on them.

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