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I have received numerous requests to show a photo of the Confluence that also shows where the infamous Escalade project is projected to be, So here is the photo. As far as rivers go we have the Little Colorado coming in with its turquoise color water flowing from the top down and the Colorado river flowing left to right. Where the two converge we have the beginning of the Grand Canyon going downstream and the end of Marble Canyon coming downstream from the left.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Survival Skills

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

I like this shot of a Coopers Hawk I took a few years ago; he was sitting on a branch not far from our deck and was very intent on looking for prey … in his case, doves, quail, pigeons, snakes and anything else that is available and will provide food to sustain him. Our species has relegated the task of growing grains and raising cattle to others; they prepare them for the slaughter houses, which in turn kill them and strip the carcass, ship them to processing facilities and butcher shops which all handle the flesh and eventually it shows up in Safeway or Basha’s, IGA, or any other of thousands of outlets and we take the nicely packaged meat home and prepare it with spices and sit in a warm house and relish the fine fare.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Play time …

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

I was driving on Beaver Flats Rd on the way home from the ponds yesterday and saw a couple of guys playing in their powered parasails around the hills. They were not close and the quality of the photograph is not what I would like, but what the heck it is always fun to see others having a good time. The lower one is what is called a trike and the upper one just has his fan strapped on his back and his feet are the landing gear.  

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

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

Seems like most of the day has been and continues to be on the run … after some appointments in Cottonwood I stopped at the Ponds on the way home and met a friend there. The lighting was not all that great, but it was fun and the action good. Seems like this hen Ring Neck duck was having my kind of day too. The churning water in the background is from some of her friends that were also on the go and the water had not yet had a chance to settle. Fun.

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By Ted Grussing

… a B-24 Liberator Bomber that was on a night training mission slammed into the San Francisco Peaks at about the 11,000′ level; all eight crew members were killed in the crash. Humphreys Peak, the tallest mountain in Arizona at 12, 633′ is the farthest left peak in this image and the crash site is in the clearing just past the third slide area from the left, about 1500′ below the peak and a ways to the right just left of and below center about a quarter up from the bottom. The wreckage which was left there is clearly visible when there is no snow, but it appears to be pretty well covered in this image.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
A waterfall …

Friday, December 12th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… in an otherwise undisturbed and undulating sea of white covering thousands of square miles I found a waterfall this afternoon … a slight opening in the low level fog and clouds a break in the cover appeared and a waterfall was created. It looks like one, but the water is not quite in a dense liquid state … but it is water and it is flowing.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
A breezy day …

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… in May and it looked to be cooking down in the canyon with lots of riffles from the wind as well as a lot of water flowing down the Colorado River. This is a shot of the Confluence, the place where the Little Colorado River merges with the Colorado River and coincidently where Marble Canyon ends and the Grand Canyon begins. The Colorado River is flowing  from left to right and the Little Colorado is flowing from top to bottom. The Little Colorado was running a beautiful turquoise color which is as a result of the highly mineralized water from Blue Springs entering the river bed about eight or so miles upstream.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
The Touch

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… cutting and stuff in the morning and after a nice lunch at the Sedona Golf Resort it was down to the ponds for a walk and see what I could get with the camera. They were removing sludge from the bottom of several ponds and so most of the ducks were on a few of the ponds that were relatively undisturbed and pretty much just basking in the warm afternoon sun. Got a few shots of some incomings and of those I liked this one the best … the small claws on the webbed feet were just beginning to break the surface of the water as they were being rotated forward for landing and the tail feathers had been in the water for about five feet … next she arched back, wings flared and touched down on the bottom of her webbed feet. Anyhow it is kind of a funky shot … perhaps the headless duck to match the headless horseman ? Oh well, a somewhat weak attempt at humor … actually it is pathetic.

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

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… I did more than just take photos of Derek at the Grand Canyon taking photos and took a few of my own. It was a fabulous day with low clouds wreathing themselves around prominent rocks and formations in the canyon and holes in the cloud cover provided some beautiful highlighting of the rock faces too. This is a view looking upstream and you can see portions of the Colorado River left center in the image. I wasn’t paying much attention to what lookouts we were at as Derek was doing the driving … somewhere up there on the right is Desert View, behind and above the promontory about a third in from the right side of the photo … just kind of like a whitish spot and not that many miles more and you are at the Confluence where the Little Colorado River joins the Colorado River and that place is the beginning of the Grand Canyon.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
A sky full …

Monday, December 8th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… of clouds … such were conditions up on the plateau today. After church I headed up to the airport without a clue as to where I was going to go or what I was going to shoot. As soon as I had visibility looking north over the plateau there was no question as to where I was headed. The San Francisco Peaks had a good covering of snow and in twenty minutes I was up there at 14,000’ and got many cool shots of the peaks. Much of the plateau was covered with haze domes and small cumulus clouds and they seemed to top out at about 10,000’ … so I left the peaks and went out to see what kind of shots I could get east of the peaks and still within the volcanic fields. Not sure exactly where I was when I shot this one, but a little north and east of Sunset Crater I think and I was shooting to the SE. Think I was down to about 12,000’ when I took this shot … lower kinda blended them all together, and I tried it and didn’t like it. This is a rather other worldly effect.

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By Ted Grussing

In the spirit of Sean Penn and Ben Stiller in the movie “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, I would like to offer you an image for the cover of another great magazine … it captures the “quintessence” of the magazine, one of your contributing photographers in the field at the edge of a cliff at the Grand Canyon today capturing more images for your subscribers and readers. Please consider it, and if not this, perhaps the image that Derek shot about two hours later which is also attached … the back cover to go with this one.

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By Ted Grussing

… it really was, but shooting into the sun with incredibly bright reflections off the water can score you a big mess on your film or digital sensor … it is known as blown highlights where you get a sea of pure white with no detail. How to get a nice shot that captures the beauty and an aura of mystery? Set your camera to manual mode, shut the lens down as far as you can ( I used f22), lower your ISO to minimize noise in the shadows (I used ISO 100), bump the shutter speed (I used 1/500th) and take the shot … experiment with the settings remembering that the purpose of the exercise is to keep the reflective portions of the photo from being blown out and leaving you with gaping holes of white in your image and also to capture a surreal image in the process.

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By Ted Grussing

… frequently one thinks speed, speed, speed to get great wildlife shots … stop the action and get a fabulous freeze and I frequently shoot that way at the ponds and elsewhere because of the angles I am shooting at. Every once in a while though an opportunity arises where you get a chance to incorporate some very neat effects into the image when shooting. This was the case when Ted and I were at the harbor and pelicans and gulls would come straight at us.

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By Ted Grussing

… the magazine … the activities we all engage in each day … the joy … the smiles … my God, we are here, breathing, loving and filling each moment with something … perhaps a dream … fulfilling a dream … for ourselves or better yet for one we love … and soon enough it is over and we continue, or not. This moment we control … no longer the one past or the one that comes next … our choice, shall it be ???

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By Ted Grussing

… with some suggested new settings for the auto focus on the new Canon 7D MKII, I packed it in my bag and it was off to Half Moon Bay for the Thanksgiving weekend. It was a fabulous holiday and the first time we had all been together for a holiday in years. What fun! I don’t get to shoot the sea coast and wildlife as much as I would like so given the spotty results I had been getting with the new body it was a bit of a risk … nothing worse than shooting otherwise great photos and then throwing them away because … well they just look like … yep, that is called self-restraint :+)

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… I made my way back to Sedona after  a beautiful flight with no purpose other than to escape the bounds of earth and ply the open pathways of the sky. After an hour or so I turned the engine off and enjoyed a nice sled ride the last twelve miles back to Sedona. The airport is on a mesa center left about 600 feet above the town and West Sedona and part of uptown are on the left, the chapel area just to the right of the airport and far right the Village of Oak Creek where I live. Jacks Canyon and Wood Canyon can be seen to the right  (east) of the village. Cathedral Rock is just above my feathered and motionless propeller and further to the right castle Rock and above that Courthouse Rock. Schnebly Hill Road winds up from just above the north end of the airport through the valley between the rocks. Mormon Mountain is horizon left. Red Rock Crossing is just below and right of Cathedral Rock.

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By Ted Grussing

… of the flower remains on the hands of the person who gives the gift … an old Japanese proverb. The daughter of a friend is a commercial florist growing orchids and brings some to her dad periodically … I was lucky enough to be walking by and he stopped me to introduce us … she made a gift of several orchid plants and here is  photo of a few blooms on one of them. I debated between using the branch or a shot of just a single bloom … the branch won.

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By Ted Grussing

… considered a delicacy in many countries, our friend a blue heron at the ponds was gorging himself on the gourmet food … not cooked in butter with garlic and lemon, but he seems to be enjoying the meal nevertheless. One more gulp and they were down … and he continued the hunt.

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By Ted Grussing

Most of today I was working on an order for photographs, all aerial, all clear skies, all beautiful. Did not go outside until 3:30PM when I decided it would be a good afternoon to go get some air time and clean my head out, my friend Don joined me and about 4:30PM we started rolling down R21 … not for long and we were airborne in about 300’ and on our way. A swing over Pine Valley to waggle our wings and say hi to a friend then a more or less straight line to Mingus, climbing all the way. The sky was beautifully saturated with smoke from recent prescribed/slash pile burns which had spread over Northern Arizona as far as the eye could see … in any direction.  Rather made the smoke filled bars of the past seem like health clubs … still there is a certain beauty to it and all the particulates and chemicals and gases that make it up create beautiful sunsets … an end of day … end of life thing … smiles.

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By Ted Grussing

… a good word for the beginning of a river … for an informant of information in crimes … one who provides guidance and life; but tonight it is the river, specifically the Verde River. Generally speaking Sullivan Lake which is an intermittent lake near Paulden is credited with being the source of the Verde River. On Monday when Roger and I flew in search of the source we did not let ourselves be bothered by convention and the lake being dry we followed the wash up into the Bradshaw’s where I previously heard the source actually was. About four years ago Corky and I made a similar flight and it was easy to follow because there was water all the way up. Monday, no such luck, Sullivan was dry as was the wash that feeds it.

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