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I’m flying…

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… ever have those dreams where you are flying and through the changing of hand positions or arching over you change direction … soar upwards … downwards and all around. I enjoy those dreams and usually I employ sculling techniques such as is used in synchronized swimming to propel myself … Corky and I started the Costa Mesa Synchro Sylphs in the 70’s along with a few other parents and we had about 70 girls including our own on the team … I was the head coach and I had two very talented assistant coaches … Chris and Leslie … fun days. I ran the business during the day, over to the pool for a couple of hours and then to Pepperdine night law school. I remember some of us dads did a Synchro routine one time and we were not entirely bad … at least on a par with the seven and eight year olds on the team who had just joined and attended their first practice.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Just the usual…

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… incredible beauty that we have to live with in Sedona … geez, I need a break already … down to about 7,000’ and about six miles west of the airport inbound for landing. After leaving the scene of last night’s photograph I headed southwest and came off the plateau just east of Sycamore Canyon. I wanted to do that as it would put the sun off the passenger side of the Lambada and I could shoot out the pilots side (that would be me) and get the low red light hitting the rock faces and giving me that beautiful color that we get each day just before sunset.

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… the light brilliant … the source a star we call the sun … earth’s atmosphere the filter … earth’s surface the canvas on which the art is painted … and I got to see a masterpiece, capture it and share it with you.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Sutures…

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… or so it seems as the cloud appears to be healing itself after a commercial jet rather rudely ripped it apart whilst traversing its airspace. Not sure if it healed, but I am thinking it did not, but what an effort. This is one of the more unusual cloud shots I have taken and but for man having erected himself millennia ago and found ways to improve his lot I would not have been able to capture this shot … rather a continuum  from early humans who looked at the sky and saw magnificent formations and as successive generations found more and more ways to utilize resources available on earth the ability to record what they saw improved and today sensors in mobile phones take great photos and everyone can record everything … wonder how many others saw this formation and of those how many were moved to take the shot … probably not many … just another jet flying through a cloud … perhaps a space ship gathering samples from visible layers of the earth … beats watching television :+)

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It was a cool slightly gloomy January day and I was down at the ponds doing my duck hunting. The northerns had already been in here for a couple of months and had not yet become used to the idea that there were not in danger from humans. I got this shot of a couple of Canvas Backs as they were tumbling in for a landing. The upper one had already touched down and it looked like the lower one was sure trying to get everything in order before he touched down too … Anyhow it is a fun photo.

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… I like the name and I like the feeling of being out there on the highways … or above them. It was a nice flight down to Falcon this morning and  it was nice to have the talented people at Performance One Aviation finishing up a few minor blips I had with some of the avionics in the ship. Falcon is kind of a mess these days with runway and taxiway closures, but today I got to fly a more or less normal glider pattern (none of that 5 mile final stuff) and they approved a climbing turn to the north on takeoff … which translated into a climbing right turn beginning at about fifty feet above the runway climbing at 1650 feet per minute … a thanks to the tower for the courtesy, frequency change approved and on the way back to Sedona.

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A few weeks ago I was aloft and flying/soaring amongst some of the most beautiful clouds I have been up there with in sometime and they provided a beautiful screen for the sun and a patchwork or light and shadow on the ground. This is a shot looking southwest from the east side of Long Canyon and catching the lower west side of the canyon. Just below middle on the left you can see some white roofs on buildings and this is Enchantment Resort in Boynton Canyon which opens into Long Canyon. Anyhow, you can get a sense of the beauty I find myself in whilst plying the airways and why I seldom want to return, but nature usually provides a motivation to so :+)

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I had intended to get an early start this morning, but life just continued to happen and things demanded attention so it was a while before I got out the door. Winds aloft at the peaks were projected to be around 31 kts from the west which translates into some very good orographic lift on the windward side of the mountain, but not so pretty on the other side … something called rotors were going to be in abundance on the lee side and that is where I had to be to get good shots of Lockett Meadow and the major color areas. Rotor is nothing new, but the challenge was going to be to keep the Lambada  relatively stable to get the shots I wanted. I had a nice flight up to the peaks and as expected I started flying through air saturated with rotors … it is nice to not be disappointed :+) Anyhow I got some very nice shots including the one attached hereto (good legal word).

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I have a pretty good supply of the 2015 calendars in stock now and they are ready to ship. The price is the same as last year at $25.00 total including shipping if any and sales tax if any. Want them drop shipped as gifts, we can do that too. This year we are taking checks, PayPal and credit cards. The calendars are undergoing a name change from “Sedona Pathways” to “Pathways of One”; it was made know to me by our resident feline that she was in charge and would take over the cover position on all future printings, but she also informed me that I get the privilege of doing all the work. Profits from the venture will go to cover her food and lodging.

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… are beginning to spread across Lockett Meadow in the caldera of the San Francisco Peaks and there is also good color on the north facing slopes. Kendrick also appears to have pretty good color although I did not fly over there this morning. After spending an hour or so shooting Sycamore Canyon and the wide fields of wildflowers on Casner Mountain and up on the plateau on the upper east side of Sycamore Canyon in the hoodoo areas I was intrigued with the cloud formations over the San Francisco Peaks … almost looked like a UFO parked over the peaks.

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… through images for the salon at the Mary D. Fisher Theater a week from Saturday I came across some snow scenes from 2010 which I like.  I think I shot this one up by the 4th tee box … just like the symmetry and the feel of a cold winter morning after a beautiful snow storm. As everyone who lives here knows our snow goes away in a matter of days and sometimes hours. I love it and we get the delight without the nastiness of knowing it will be down until spring.  So a beautiful look out into the sky and the sunlight being scattered in that beautiful clean air produces a crisp blue sky acting as a curtain for all the stars and galaxies out there … at nightfall the curtain is lifted and the universe is again exposed … and we wonder at it all.

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I thought that the image I sent out last night was a work in progress and wanted to complete my thoughts and vision of the image, but that takes time and around 1:30 AM I do not find I have the time to do the job I want, so I have been working on and off on the image all day … probably another four hours and it was worth it and hope you like the for now, finished image. One rebelled at the idea of being left out of the image so she is now overseeing everyone.

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… this image? I truly do not have a clue, so to each a new meaning or perhaps there is none. I took this photograph on a walk last night and the backlighting was beautiful so I took the shot and decided to do a composite taking full liberty to do whatever I felt like and regardless of even any remote connection to reality … it is totally adrift somewhere between here and there and the tree trunk on the right which is so badly eroded by radiation from the realms of space is being held up by my friend … or is it being pushed down to enter the vast reaches of outer space which is encroaching on the golf course.

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… I left home early this morning with the intent of flying and then making it to church after I landed and got the motorglider put away. My church in the sky was bountiful and beckoning with beautiful clouds everywhere and by the time I figured out I should be landing and driving to my land based church, another opportunity presented itself to continue the dance among the clouds flying through canyon after canyon … gentle banks this way and steep banks that way. Although there was no great lift, there was enough that my sink rate was less than 100’ per minute and the dance continued to music running through my mind with the glider converting the inner sounds to fluid motion high above earth. I’m still there :+)

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… 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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… 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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… 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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… 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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… 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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… 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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