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By Ted Grussing

… there is a place where earth meets sky and sky meets space and all that is … the solar wind provides energy across the frequency spectrum to give us what we need for life on this planet and the atmosphere protects us from receiving too much of a good thing. Next to scenes like this I love the forever nature of gazing out over the ocean from the shoreline and thinking about all those other humans who with us inhabit this planet and are on the other shores of our oceans … and what better place to do it than in SoCal with friends.

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… my range of wildlife does not match that of many who trek the forests and wildlands all over the country and world … most of my shooting is done within miles of home and much of it is on my walks through the neighborhood and from my deck, so though I do not capture the wide variety of creatures, there is enough variety for me and besides, I like the familiar. I took this shot this morning on my walk and a teenager was taking the sentinel duties whilst the adults and the other siblings were on the ground  feeding.  It was in the vacant lot on the S side of Moons View, just up from Vaquero Circle. The quail have as strong a family bond as any creature I have seen … humans could benefit from their example!

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Here today

Friday, July 24th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… gone tomorrow … beauty and purpose while here and a void when gone. I took this shot of a flower on a Prickly Pear cactus this morning and beside it the void where once a bloom of equal beauty had been not that long ago … rather like our own lives and hopefully there will be memories of a life well lived to carry forward.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Beyond time

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… there is the timeless now and there is no more … so live and delight in the moment and if you are fortunate enough to wake in the morning, take a deep breath, open your eyes and drink in the beauty of the moment … share your joy and live each moment that you are blessed to receive for that is all you will ever have. Memories of past moments and dreams for future moments … but only now is yours to experience. Choose love, choose joy and choose to live now.

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By Ted Grussing

… love the Gambols quail and the way that the males serve as lookouts for the covey as they feed or whatever; they help keep the place safe from predators and at the same time provide great photo opportunities for photographers. I took this shot yesterday on my walk and it pretty well completes my exploring the planned uses of new Canon 5Ds R … mostly it will be for aerial shooting and also flowers/gems, small objects and the limited landscape work I do. I was back out with a 1D X for a while this afternoon looking for wildlife … not much of that to be found today, but there is always tomorrow.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
A handful

Monday, July 20th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… of opal … just one stone … a very nice day in the neighborhood and I spent most of the day working on the large Olympic Field opal. I had just finished putting a 600 grit polish on the stone when I took this photo and have since put a 1200 grit finish on the stone. The 600 grit finish is like a very light frost coat on the stone and of course the 1200 is a super fine light frost finish … from here it is to the polish flat lap using a combination of cerium and tin oxides to put the final high gloss polish on the stone and that job will be done before noon tomorrow … perhaps 45 minutes at the outside to polish it.

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By Ted Grussing

For whatever reason, a dam was built near Page, Arizona and they named it the Glen Canyon Dam … it took years, but finally in 1966 it opened and formerly beautiful canyons were buried in water … there are benefits as well and either version is/was a work of beauty. Others can move the debate and I’ll just enjoy the beauty, capture it and share it. The mountain in the background upper right is Navajo Mountain and it is a little over ten thousand feet above sea level. Some haze from burns in the background, but otherwise a beautiful day.

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By Ted Grussing

… there are some photographs that you take that just keep coming back to you and this is one of those. I did shoots of the Golden Retriever liters of Fran’s breeding stock for many years, the last being in 2008. I took this shot whilst siting in the pen with them and for nourishment they had been chewing on my toes. Little puppies can go like crazy for seemingly a very long time and then they crash and that is as total as their exuberant play.

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By Ted Grussing

It is the perspective … same subject matter as so many others have shot, but from a different vantage point and in this case from several thousand feet above it … Horseshoe Bend some miles below Glen Canyon Dam and the Colorado River is running with a beautiful deep green color. A very good day to be sure, both then and today. An intense microburst rolled through the neighborhood this afternoon with strong winds, heavy rain and a very cool lightning strike … about three hours after the outside windows were professionally cleaned. The rain blown by the wind did its thing on the sparkling windows and the lightning bolt took out a power pole and power to the house. A nice clean towel restored the windows and an APS crew restored power … nice!

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By Ted Grussing

… think it was “the hazy lazy days of summer” and the phrase always conjures up memories of going over to Lake Nokomis, or out to Lake Minnetonka for a family picnic on the weekend. In 2001 I had a custom motorhome made so that Corky could still travel and for years we kept it at the beautiful motorhome park on the SE corner of Lake Pleasant. During the day I would go soaring out of Turf Soaring at Pleasant Valley Airport only a few miles from the park and in the evening  we would go for a walk around the park which included a number of trails along the lake which she could navigate and then out for dinner … or not.

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