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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography: Getting
high

Monday, July 28th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… I got an early start this morning and lifted off about 6:15A … very little beauty anywhere to be seen because the entire earth seems to be wrapped in a smoke haze from burns … so I just kept climbing and climbing as I headed NE. It was cooler and definitely nicer up there … not sure how high I climbed but well in excess of 15,000 feet. I spent some time over the San Francisco Peaks and took this shot from the backside just outside the caldera and shooting towards the SW.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Two 2 go

Friday, July 25th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… there were quite a few Great Blue Herons down at the ponds day before yesterday and admittedly midafternoon is not the best time to be down there and have any expectations of finding much life on the move. For some reason the herons are very  skittish this year and it is tough to get close … that coupled with only having a 70-200 lens on the camera made the prospects pretty bleak. That was the lens I chose for that body that day so no real excuses, but it sounds good … why blame yourself for what the consequences of your actions are … right? Anyhow, I got lucky and this pair let me get within about fifty feet and then flew … and I got this shot of two of them taking off and heading for somewhere I was not. They are a remarkable bird and I always enjoy seeing them.

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By Ted Grussing

… that we are a part of all that is and there is so much more than just this little planet we call earth and the very tiny part of this little planet which we occupy at any given time … so tonight my friend and I firmly planted our feet in the edge of a galaxy as we pondered the meaning of all that is … gazing at galaxies, the star birthing areas of a beautiful galaxy and billions of other galaxies out and beyond this one. Night is a time for dreaming, giving thanks for all the beauty experienced during the day and sometimes healing from other experiences and then there is the infinite expanses beyond our experience and the possibilities of other life out there … where … what … I loved Star Trek … what a grand passage that would be … so pull up a galaxy, rest your feet on the edge and enjoy life … consider that which we do not know and do not see and yet know of its existence.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography: Choices

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

By Ted Grussing

There are pros and cons with respect to the use of prescribed burns and managing naturally caused fires as though they are a prescribed burn. The low intensity fires are reputed to mimic what occurred before man began meddling in things and are an effort to keep the forest in a healthier state. There are also questions as to the toxicity of low intensity versus high intensity burns. In short each camp has its proponents and its critics … each camp will drag out its experts and studies to support their viewpoint and you can end up in discussions where you try to impeach the credibility of each other’s experts … not very productive.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Deadly beauty

Monday, July 21st, 2014

By Ted Grussing

There is an all-out assault going on with managed fires of natural origin and prescribed fires being set by the USFS … perhaps there is a benefit to the forest that could not be achieved through the use of alternative means such as mechanical thinning, but look at all the human beings who are being forced to breathe this toxic soup. From the ground you never get an opportunity to see the extent of the problem and the reports issued by the USFS do not sound all that bad when issued on a fire by fire basis, but from 12,000’ msl you get a pretty good overview. The air quality behind me was actually worse and enveloped all of Camp Verde and extended fifty or more miles east from there. On a conservative basis more than 5000 square miles looked like this. The length of the horizon in this shot is probably close to 70 miles and from where I am to the San Francisco Peaks is about 40 miles … easy to do the math. Hard to see where any oxygen breathing creature is receiving a benefit.

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A number of years ago I did a fun composite utilizing the sculpture of Merlin done by John Soderberg and which is on display in the New Frontiers shopping center in West Sedona … whilst having a latte with him this morning we talked about that image and I decoded to revisit the image except using One instead of Q … didn’t go quite as planned so here is the original one featuring Q.  John’s gallery is in the same center right across from Szechwan Restaurant and if you agree with me that this is the preferable patina for the Merlin sculpture please stop by his gallery and tell him to get busy and change the sculpture out to reflect this image.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
What it takes…

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… all species are equipped with natural abilities and gear so as to be able to provide for themselves; with my winged predator friends the hardware is pretty obvious … nice sharp talons to sink into its prey and a very sharp beak to render it into smaller pieces. This guy was taking it pretty easy with one of his talons tucked up under his feathers … cool.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Clipped

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… but still a fast mover … I took this shot this afternoon down at the ponds after taking care of some business in town. She is a Wood Duck and it appears that her wings have been clipped so she did not fly and in fact made no effort to extend her wings so I imagine it has been a while since she has flown. Not sure why anyone would clip a wild ducks wings, but hopefully they will be growing out before fall.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
A year ago…

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… The monsoon storms were dumping on Camp Verde and Cottonwood and some were rolling through the Sedona area too. You can see how relatively small the cells are … generally no more than a few miles or so in diameter. I like this photo which was shot from just south of Munds Canyon. Foreground left is Oak Creek Canyon with the creek hidden in the deep green foliage and SR 89A running down canyon to the right of it.

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… continuing work on the wall art. I completed a set of three roses in a cloud background this morning. I love creating composites and especially those that have some meaning. So here is one of the three; all are equal in beauty, but different blooms … now long gone … even as we too shall pass … will our lives be worth remembering … to a few … to many? Life is a wee bit on the funny side so I’ll just sit on a bench with the sculpture of Max Ehrmann in Terra Haute, Indiana this fall and interview him whilst I get an email out from the bench.

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… and on the way home yesterday I diverted, digressed, descended and disassembled … and flew back to Sunset Crater. The colors, clouds and natural beauty of the terrain were spellbinding and here is what I saw … earths changes immortalized … at least for now and in hundreds of thousands of years another person may find this beauty, but altered by the forces of nature … new volcanoes … new forests … new deserts … but all flowing naturally from today … and then tomorrow is today and the future the present.

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… there are few places on our little planet that have the forever views of the southwestern area of the USA, and there is no place on earth that has more geology on the surface than northern Arizona. I wish I knew as much as my geologist friend that fly with me and I could identify all the various layers of the formations you can see in this photo which date back millions of years.  I can tell you that you have never seen a photo like this one which I took yesterday morning when I took my friend Eric exploring different areas that I wanted to check out for views other than that which I have previously shot. The dense water vapor in the air had begun cloud formation by the time we got to the Flagstaff area and continued our course to the NE out and a little beyond Grand Falls.

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… we’ve had a few coyotes in the neighborhood lately and I took this shot yesterday afternoon of a coyote shaking himself out on the 2nd tee box (back yard). He was pretty energetic and you can see debris flying off of him … and I like the goofy look of his ears as they flopped around. A few minutes later he ambled off up the fairway near the arroyo in search of a good meal … or perhaps a nap as he ponders the mysteries of all that is.

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What a fun day … on the way down to Phoenix we stopped by Turf Soaring to say hi to friends and had a somewhat uncertain greeting from Bee Bop, Roy’s Cockatoo. Memories of being terrorized by Bee Bop flooded back as she started tapping the perch and sharpening her talons … she seemed a little different today … Gary who owns the soaring operation there drove up and Bee Bop became a little anxious and as he approached us on the deck she began to display for him spreading her head feathers like a royal crown and then he held out his hand, she alit on it, made some silly moves and then snuggled into him. Bee Bop has found her love and her personality has changed … what a transformation … she is now off of my must kill list and added to the wonders of the world … the power of love!  :+)

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By Ted Grussing

… so first thing this morning it was up to the airport for an early morning flight before church … in many ways this is my church where I can play in all of creation free to dance with clouds, skim mountain ridges and bring back beauty hidden from view from all but a few. I took this shot from about 14,000’ just south of Humphreys Peak and looking South.

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… bobcats spend most of their lives as solitary creatures … they have their own territories and defend them against all who would poach and take that which is not rightfully theirs. Seems only fitting that they exist on a grander scale too and that could explain some of the aberrations and anomalies we see in space; aptly demonstrated in this capture by Hubble. The importance of felines in the history of earth was embodied in ancient Egyptian culture and Wikipedia has numerous articles on the subject … check it out at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cats_in_ancient_Egypt

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By Ted Grussing

… probably was Tuesday all day, but it was such a fun day it seemed like a much anticipated weekend day … and joy, smiles and laughter were constant companions and then an evening spent on the deck looking up at the Milky Way and a few meteorites streaking across the sky … life is good and so is each day.

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By Ted Grussing

… you can find that friendly deceiver in chief and much of his work at https://www.flickr.com/people/egofreed/; Eric does some absolutely fabulous bird and insect photos and one of the most beautiful humming birds I have ever seen is attached to this missive. On metal it absolutely blows your mind away … for some … that probably does not matter … 12 x 18 makes a nice print size if you are interested. Get in touch with Eric at egofreed@gmail.com and get the pricing from him.

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… or so it seems as this pair of House Finches perch on a branch near the feeder in the backyard … to be truthful they are on a very dead branch attached to the pole of the feeder … like who wants to see photos of a bird on a bird feeder. Thanks to an unnamed friend who taught me this trick and also affixed the tubes for the branches …  a little like cheating, but what the heck, if you don’t tell anyone … whoops :+) You still have to know what you are doing and get the shot.

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By Ted Grussing

… it is that time of year with summer in firm control of the northern hemisphere that lazy thoughts begin to wend their way through the mind, pleasant walks in the creek with toes in the soft sand as cooling water gently flows by caressing the legs and reminding us of the importance of simple things … around a bend a Great Blue Heron lifts off and quietly flies downstream … landing around a bend in the creek bed to resume his vigil near the shore waiting for fish to swim near him … their travels interrupted as they provide nourishment for the Heron … and life continues on planet earth … and it is good … always!

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