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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Nailing it!!!

Friday, September 19th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… when landing it is a good idea to pick a spot you want to plant your wheels and I suspect the same concept holds true for all creatures that fly … and I think those other than humans nail that spot more successfully than most humans. I took this sequence of what I think is a Says Phoebe a few days ago and it kinda keeps the same theme of those which ply the airways and have in common the simple fact that take offs are optional and landings required. Take a look at how focused he is in the image on the left side of the image, eyes intent on the spot he has chosen to put down and then in the middle image where he is braking and has his feet out and intent gaze at the spot he is going to grab the branch land and then when he has his perch a slightly relaxed appearance and perhaps some satisfaction in nailing it.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Returning home…

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… I was down to about 7500’ msl (mean sea level) when I took this photo, Sedona Airport (KSEZ) has an average elevation of 4828’ msl and the airport was below and a little west of my position when I took this shot. In calm air the glide ratio of the Lambada is 30/1 or 1’ down and 30’ forward which translates into roughly 6 miles per thousand feet or for me at this moment, roughly 17 miles before reaching airport level. For safety I usually compute 4 miles per thousand feet and if a lot of sink 3 miles per thousand feet. I can deploy spoilers on the upper wing to accelerate my descent rate and frequently use them in the pattern when landing.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
S-P Crater …

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… an abbreviation for a name that Geologists have given a very interesting and nearly perfect volcanic cinder cone and the flow from it. S-P Crater is located about 25 to 30 miles North of Flagstaff and is a very black cinder cone and flow. The actual name that was given the crater would probably be censored from the maps and if not would probably have generated numerous complaints from the PC Police as offending someone or something. Not sure why that would be the case as I see people walking their dogs and picking up such things with plastic bags after the dog performs a very natural act of waste elimination (how is that for a euphemism?) Anyhow, it is a very neat crater as are all of them up there. The lava flow is only a hundred feet or so deep, but it spills beautifully across the high desert floor.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Up the Interstate …

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… I spent a couple of hours up high around the San Francisco Peaks above Flagstaff this morning and saw haze domes form into beautiful cumulus clouds all around me like the one on the far right hand side of the image … ‘twas fun!

On the far left of the image is Oak Creek Canyon and to the right of the canyon is I-17 working its way from the south to Flagstaff … some nice meadows near the freeway on the right side and they look to have some pretty lush stands of yellow flowers in them. The San Francisco peaks are above where the road heads over to the right and to the left of that you have Kendrick Peak … obscured  on the left are Sitgreaves Mountain and Bill Williams Mountain.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Into the light…

Monday, September 15th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… and on my walk before church this morning I was looking for some backlit leaves to expand my portfolio of such things … I saw a promising leaf on a tree and was able to position myself so that I had the sun directly behind the leaf. The leaf is preparing to shut down, turn color ( I hope) and fall to earth to recycle the nutrients it possesses and complete another life cycle. The leaf showed signs of a full and tough life with holes and gaps appearing in it and a major starburst of sunlight coming through a little larger hole than most. It is amazing to view the intricate detail of the distribution system in a life where water and nutrients flow through to maintain the health and life of the individual leaf … hundreds and hundreds of leafs on the tree and all share the same complexity.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
On the way …

Friday, September 12th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… not that long before Fall is here and winter not far behind that … thinking snow and cool temperatures around here today … can’t wait!!!

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
In progress…

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… I bit off a little more than I could finish tonight with an astro composite that I am doing with a shot I took on a walk up in Half Moon Bay this summer. I was walking down to the beach past the magical Ritz Carlton which overlooks the Pacific Ocean and I always get a sense that it is a castle when viewing it from down the shore and looking back north across the links style golf course. This is a different view than I normally put out of it and near the top of the path visible in this photo you get the wonderful views of the Pacific.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Last fall…

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… the foliage of Kendrick Peak was beautiful and hoping for the same this year. Not sure whether the rain this late will help or hurt the color. Soon we’ll know.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Go Green

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… and here is green … a green heron that is. Normally these small creatures (relatively so) are very skittish and it is hard to get decent shots of them. I did get some good ones of him in flight too, but they do not show the facial features as well as this shot. I took the photo at Bubbling Ponds Hatchery in Page Springs. Amazing to watch these little ones take a perch on a dock or sometimes a thin wire stretched over the ponds and then make their strike at small fish in the ponds.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Into the week …

Monday, September 8th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… and a new quote I have excerpted from Max Ehrmann’s book “Breaking Home Ties”; our daughter Joleen gave me a first edition copy of it a few years ago and highly recommend you pick a copy of it up if you get the chance. Plan to add a number of new excerpts in the next week or so and perhaps put the full text of some of the shorter poems in. Desiderata was also written by Max and for years I was under the impression that it was by Anon found in Old St. Paul’s Church circa 1684. The language and syntax didn’t really seem like that period, but never gave it a thought and always had a copy of it on my desk or wall. About five years ago a friend told me that it was in fact written by Max Ehrmann and I then began a study of him, bought all his works and delved further into his writings and mind …  and I liked what I found. Max passed in 1945 and happy to report that he wrote Desiderata in the last century, not the 17th century.

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By Ted Grussing

… closing out the week and looking forward to engaging in a conversation with those who show up at the theater Saturday afternoon. The thought of philosophy and photography is a relatively simple concept … the framework of life experiences and the search for meaning in it all. The viewpoint with which we approach everyday life, the choices we make and the context within which we make out choices … It is simple, it really is and each moment we get to choose how we see things and react to life’s experiences.

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By Ted Grussing

… and the beauty of northern Arizona once again amazes me. I took this shot on January 7th  late in the afternoon; there was an opening in the clouds which allowed the late afternoon sunlight to spill across the Painted Desert and create a rich warm color across the landscape. A number of volcanoes are visible throughout the photograph and the dark clouds of January trapped the light on the ground … Healing Earth by Anugama is playing and  creating the mood and providing the transport to drift through the air and escape the bounds of earth … a magical musical highway replete with images of all that is and all that will be …

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By Ted Grussing

… woman in a beautiful costume, against a beautiful Sedona sunset with a beautiful image of a galaxy or a billion …

I’m reworking a lot of images for use in the Philosophy/Photography salon that Andrea Houchard and I are doing at the Mary D. Fisher theater in West Sedona this Saturday at 1:30P. I was not entirely happy with what I originally did with this shot of our friend Sandra when she performed at a birthday party we had for Corky a few years ago … what fun. Anthony also played and our friend Fran co-hosted it with me and provided the venue up at her pool house … Corky has continued her journey as has Fran but the beauty of the moment continues unabated … and we continue our lives in the present … kinda fun to remember other times though and reinterpret through imagery the memories.

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By Ted Grussing

… soon, I hope. Early Sunday morning I took to the air in search of green meadows and blue lakes; SE of Flagstaff seemed like a good idea since that is where most of the lakes are and also more rain falls there than on the N side of Flagstaff as the moisture tends to come out of the atmosphere on the upslope of the mountains and plateau. Not sure what the narrow lake on the lower left of the image is, but you can see the earthen dam on the right end of the lake; the beautiful blue lake is Ashurst Lake and it is a good fishing lake and a few years after they convert the coal burning generating plant to natural gas at St. Joseph City on I-40 east of Flagstaff the fish should be edible … the younger ones that is. Takes a while for the mercury and other pollutants to be buried and out of harm’s way in the sit at the bottom of the lake.

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logo_sedonaphilosophycircleSedona AZ (August 30, 2014) – Photography is capturing and creating images. Philosophy is the love of wisdom. How are they connected? Find out with photographer Ted Grussing and philosopher Andrea Houchard in a series of discussions that explores how we frame images, and how we frame our lives.
 
Sedona Philosophy Circle is proud to present a three-part discussion series with local photographer Ted Grussing. The first in the series will take place on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre and is entitled: “Life … Ours and Other Creatures”. Attendees will have a chance to view Ted’s work in the state-of-the-art Mary D. Fisher Theatre and to discuss how what we see and read affects the way we think about our lives. Read More→

By Ted Grussing

… it were necessary to come back to earth as another creature after our human experience I think one of these magnificent creatures would be a good choice. They are near the top of the food chain among creatures that fly; just check that cutlery out … those talons are about an inch and a half long … they hang out near water and have perches overlooking some of the most beautiful waterfront property you can imagine.

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By Ted Grussing

… the new and fresh becomes the newly departed or nearly so … mostly we are used to seeing the vibrant blooms at the peak of their life cycle and when that passes we forget them … we go for the blooms just coming into their full beauty … yesterday’s bloom a memory soon added to the compost pile.

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By Ted Grussing

… it only seems appropriate to find One taking a dreamy rest on the softest pillow you can imagine and clutching another pillow to rest her paw on. Such is life in the ether and the unknown is just a few thousand feet away from us … maybe closer … I successfully negotiated an 80 degree bank to get the heck out of the way and there was still a lot of sky left for me to play in. One has made things a little difficult for me tonight as she has been crashed on my Wacom Tablet for the past hour so I had to use a mouse instead of my pen to complete the merger of images … oh well, here she is. NO, it is not an option for me to move her off the tablet … I do have to sleep sometime and the fear of her wrath would prevent sleep if I did move her … check those claws out … smiling.

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By Ted Grussing

… with engine silent the dance begins thousands of feet above the clouds … paths are chosen as you descend to cloud level and then the fun as you wheel through cloud canyons picking paths, cranking and banking to music only you can hear and then you emerge below them … engine back on and climb another five thousand feet to begin again …

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By Ted Grussing

… orchids are strange creatures and their various parts function to oversee the pollination and continuation of the species … thought of a few other descriptions, but will let them go for now. Looked up the parts of an orchid and they take away the mystery of this beautiful flower and describe the living mystery as though it were just another item in a Sears Catalog … remember them? Anyhow, enjoy the inner beauty of this orchid … pure function is always beautiful.

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