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… mushrooms and grass … One is experimenting with alternative life styles and she is accustomed to nothing but the finest grass that money can buy … the green kind … and hiding out under the mushrooms enjoying life. This image is about as close to the outer world as she gets though, but she can dream too and perhaps she puts herself here. She has two containers or more of fine wheat grass going at given time and truly enjoys the green delights. And my mind is feeling a little mushy after spending most of the day going through photos sorting, filing and deleting.

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… and some people and some critters just do not want to have their pictures taken … perhaps one who has promised to allow critters access to a wetlands and reneged on the promise … the bird conspiring with others to dive bomb an office building and coat it with white … or is he concealing a camera of his own underneath his wing and activating it for an overflight of an area where workers are cutting the reeds necessary for ducks during the breeding season … more on all of this another night. More research necessary before continuing with the subject.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Classroom B

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

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… that is the assigned room for my workshops on April 22 and 25 at Church of the Red Rocks … time is 10AM. Wildlife photography will be the primary focus, but we will also cover other areas of interest to those who attend. No charge for the workshops and you do not have to be a member of the church to attend. If you enjoy the presentation a donation to the church is appreciated.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Predestined

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

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… after an exchange with my friend Rich at Lowell Observatory this morning it was a given that the image tonight would be an astro composite and the topic would deal with forever … perhaps also a discussion of the word immediate. It all started with an exchange about how we humans seem to be hardwired to find images in the inanimate or organic such as the photo of the iris I sent out yesterday. Rich sent me an image of a nebula which someone had seen another image in but neither he nor I could locate  or see what the other person did. He referenced a star forming region within the image and I asked the question how do the stars form and does the formation region wander around a galaxy, does it change and what happens after it has produced the stars. I have always had a love for whatever it is that is out there, have done a little study and much wonderment. The following is an explanation that Rich sent me which is concise and answers many questions I have had for a long time … some people have a unique ability to explain the complex in simple terms and he has that gift, So here it is …

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By Ted Grussing

… like clouds, the internal beauty of flowers is oft open to interpretation and we can see all manner of beauty and mysterious creatures … will they follow us into a dream state and suddenly reveal their true nature? Perhaps they are benign … but then again not and before mornings first light they will spirit us off to another world or dimension … will we ever know? If we know will we regret the knowledge? Check out the petal in the upper right quadrant … do you see anything else?

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Forever

Friday, April 10th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… it is the concept … forever … we live in the now and contemplate eternity. In the multiverse concept of the universe there are an infinite number of universes in which every possible variant of life is played out; perhaps in another universe at this moment I am having that crappy day I once tried to have here, but was unable to experience … this is better and I really have trouble wrapping my head around the other possibility. I truly enjoy the human experience I am having and beyond living in the moment I know there is more … I feel it … and when my human experience is over and the journey continues I sense there will be more and we can pick up the promise of a journey through forever together that is like our love, forever and forever after that … for now, I am here though and I love being here.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Reality or?

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

Sometimes it is hard to discern between that which is real and that which is not, particularly when it is a melding to two very real photographs … sometimes like tonight I’m not really sure why I do what I do but it is the experimentation that blends the micro with the macro worlds … both are very real and both co-existed for a brief period and I still don’t know why I put it together … just like the colors and the patterns … so it is titled “Dunno”. Feels good though!

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Choose me …

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… each flower presents itself with exuberant beauty calling out to bees and all other insects to come and help pollinate them … they use scents, incredible presentations of color and patterns all designed to lure those who help them perpetuate their species. Let’s see, we have fashion stores, hair salons, perfumes … think I’ll stop there :+) In nature there is no need for anything other than what is there … I like people like that too and am fortunate to know so many who simply radiate their natural joy and appreciation of life … to simply be … a part of all that is … and be aware of that.

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By Ted Grussing

… the inner world surrounded by beauty … first though you need to stop … then gaze into the depths of that beautiful flower that presents itself to you each day … time to stop and peer inside instead of walking by. This Iris could be in a country garden or on a window sill in Watts. Flowers are everywhere and instead of just glancing at a  bloom or bunch of blooms take a few minutes to get acquainted with them and marvel at the intricate patterns and functional complexities in them.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Miracles …

Monday, April 6th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… each day we live we are witness to the miracle of life all around us on this tiny little planet that is spinning and rushing through space … no life rafts … no parachutes … this is the home we are born on and likely for many years will die on … at least in our present state. There are many who believe that this life is a transition and life continues in an alternative state, those who believe that this life is it and nothing other than a long and rather permanent rest. Those who believe in a God and those who do not … those who believe in love and that it should rule our relationships with others … those who do not and believe in punishment for those that do or believe differently than they.

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By Ted Grussing

… I said … and so are other life forms including this Green Heron who seems to be contemplating the meaning of all that is … or perhaps just his next meal. I got this shot of him with a background of blue sky and clouds as reflected in the water at the ponds. These guys are pretty skittish so it is fun when you can get in relatively close on occasion.

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By Ted Grussing

Even with my aggressive deletion program I have managed to maintain a portfolio in excess of 40,000 images of which more than 500 are of Great Blue Herons all of which are beautiful photographs … still I keep shooting them because I know that I can do better than I have done before and capture that one quintessential image that is the essence of the species.

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I love castles and they evoke memories from a far distant past; guardians, knights, Merlin and Camelot … the mysteries they hold and pass on if you are quiet enough to listen to what they are saying. So out came some photos of Castello di Amorosa in the Napa Valley, photos of the ocean, One and a shot I took on the trip to Monument Valley Derek and I took last year. The story took shape with One being a gatekeeper in hiding and the ocean now converted to a raging river crashing down the slope of the mountain and sweeping everything away as it forces its way through the castle gate  undoubtedly flooding the inner castle grounds … just felt like something fun tonight! The link to the winery is: http://www.castellodiamorosa.com/, a very cool place and some very good wines you might enjoy … I’ll stick with my ice tea and diet Pepsi though. Smiles!

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… I knew it might happen someday, but you’re never quite ready for it … the gentleman who serviced the van today recommended senior care lubricants for my ’95 van … he called it high mileage oil (code word for “old”, “over the hill”  “one foot in the grave”). Twenty five years just doesn’t seem that old, but there is a possibility that the senior care oil may help prevent a minor loss of essential lubricants … it is good.

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… depends on your perspective, but sometimes the familiar seems not so familiar. Not sure why, but coming over the north end of the village late Friday afternoon,  I cranked and banked and took some shots looking down on a road I have traveled thousands of times. Following the road north bound or south bound I can visualize  what I am seeing from every place on the highway ( SR 179) … the towering rocks, the craggy washes , the trees and how the light hits the rocks at different times during the day. The crimson colors when it has rained and the light is low … low clouds wreathed in and amongst the peaks closing you in as though there is nothing beyond and you are safe … the universe blocked from view by daylight and low clouds … but it is there … about 8,000 miles straight down the universe is visible in all its glory and beauty as our little planet continues its journey to wherever it is going and we are along for a very small part of the journey.

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… so at about 1:30AM my head was drooping and I did not get the missive out last night … head is dropping again, but will get one out. I like the agility of the Pelican in flight ,  cranking and banking preparing for a rapid descent to the water far below him and the gull quietly cruising overhead, perhaps waiting to see what the pelican gets … or not … the constant search for food to sustain life … and some fun cruising when basic needs fulfilled. Life is a joy to observe whatever the species …

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On a flight north to the volcanic fields last August the lighting was beautiful and the air crystal clear and the light shadows defined the work of the elemental forces of nature as painted and carved over millions of years. Not sure what causes the changes in colors between the two fields … most likely some mineral that did not cross boundaries and demonstrated respect for the others borders and just agreed to meet along these lines. The area is north of Sunset Crater and east of O’Leary.

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… some quick exercises, a latte on the run and a banana for breakfast on the way to the airport … then a launch into a beautiful morning sky and got rid of all but two issues with the EFIS both of which are very minor … a firmware issue dealing with UTC and local time synching and the other an erroneous rpm reading on run up. Love that glass panel and ready to take some trips in it. Climbed to 12,500’ behind Mingus in the Prescott Valley and had a beautiful 25 mile sled ride back. A few more flights with the new gear and I think I’ll have it pretty well down.

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By Ted Grussing

… have been investing some money into various items for Mariah the past month or so including the installation of navigation lights which allow me to fly after sunset, otherwise it was wheels on the ground at sunset preventing me from getting some of the beautiful last light shots that occur at or slightly before sunset because I would have to be in the pattern before I could get shots like this one.

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By Ted Grussing

… it was a terrific week and it is good to be home. Last weekend one of the highlights was a visit to the Midway now on permanent display in San Diego harbor. If you have not seen it, it is very much worth the time and an opportunity to revisit or learn for the first time an important segment of our history and the sacrifices so many made to retain our liberty.

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