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… Jim came over a few days ago and took some photos  as I began the process of converting a very beautiful piece of opal rough into a couple of museum quality stones. This piece of gem quality rough opal is from the Olympic Fields in Coober Pedy, SA and came out of the ground back in the early 50’s and it is one of the larger pieces of gem quality opal rough I have seen. It weighs in at close to 20 Troy oz. and is pretty much solid color bars. A pretty good article on opal can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opal  Opal deposition according to some sources occurs at a rate of about 1 cm per million years which if true makes this piece of rough a gem some 3 million or so years in the making. The Olympic Field was noted for the stability and beauty of the gems it produced.

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One of the few things I do not like about using a mass email service is that it reduces the size and quality of the images I send out. I have rewritten the code to give me larger images, but there is a very low threshold quality I am able to get. So, while I am talking the very high quality of images, those on the Constant Contact list are getting a very reduced quality image … still looks good, but not what I would like. To see a much higher quality just click on this link: http://tinyurl.com/TedShares and you will be able to view a Dropbox folder that contains close to a thousand images including all that I have sent out this year and probably the last couple of years. A reminder that these are for personal use only and not for commercial use without prior permission.

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… the home of my birth is and will always be a special place, but Corky and I left that place a long time ago … Huntington Beach, California and now Sedona, Arizona … it was a quick trip back to Phoenix and we arrived about forty minutes ahead of schedule and once clear of the Phoenix area it was that beautiful drive up I-17 and the beauty of the American Southwest on display with the see forever horizons; monsoon storms building all around us and openness such as you seldom see in other parts of the country. A warm feeling to be returning to the chosen home … it is good.

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… very thankful that a mere 9,000 years ago the planet got serious about warming up and thawing some glaciers; the view in this photo is from the top of the bluffs overlooking the Minnesota River Valley, south and west of Minneapolis. Nine thousand and some odd years ago the glaciers that covered this entire area began to melt and the water runoff was enormous … there was so much water that the water from the melting of the ice formed a huge lake, Lake Agassiz and enormous river, the River Warren which drained the area flowing to the Gulf of Mexico and around 8700 BC it had melted enough that another huge outlet also drained all the way to the east coast emptying into the Atlantic Ocean; after about 500 years the ice advanced again and cut off the flow to the east coast.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Home 2 …

Friday, June 26th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

Ace Express picked me up a little before 6 this morning for the ride down to Phoenix Sky Harbor and the flight to Minneapolis, Minnesota. I grew up in a home on Portland Avenue, across from Diamond Lake, one of the few unimproved lakes in Minneapolis and it was fun … before our neighbor Arnie Bogen donated the land bordered by 56th and 57th Streets and Portland and Chicago Avenues to the city, it was an unimproved slough and we used to build forts down there and had fun like kids used to have … we created out own games and fun and learned to respect and be part of nature. After the land was donated to the city, they filled it in and created a beautiful park which is still there … the gift was for park purposes in perpetuity.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography: One …

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

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… that regal ruler who rules over this home and has plans to expand her kingdom, and knows with certainty that she is destined to rule the world, struck a beautiful pose this morning while I was doing my early morning calisthenics this morning … she joins me in them and has developed a very unique manner of doing her own. I grabbed a camera off the nightstand and took a few photos of her … here is one of them and hope you enjoy it.  

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So here is an incredibly filling meal … like nearly half the length of the King snake. The King Snake is a constrictor and you can clearly see how he has firmly clamped down on the Gopher snake and is engaged in some serious eating. It was pretty dark when Suzi stopped in to let me know what she had seen and it was out the door with the first camera I could get my hands on … the Canon 6D and the new 24/70 F2.8 lens on it.

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There is something special about rivers and the sculpting of the earth they do … this is an aerial of the Little Colorado River near Holbrook, Arizona that I shot last week. The chocolatey color is the river flow which contains a lot of mud and downstream fifty or so miles it goes over Grand Falls and rather than the straight water mists characteristic of waterfalls, you get dust clouds coming up … wet ones perhaps we could call it mud mist? Oh well …

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… wander and play with shapes, colors and patterns and then imagine yourself flying over one of the most incredible landscapes on the planet … look down and you will see this … a small portion of the Painted Desert within the boundaries of the Petrified Forest National Park located on either side of I-40 about twenty or so miles east of Holbrook, Arizona.

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… there was considerably more action available to me down at the ponds in the water than around or above it. From a distance I did see a Bald Eagle take down something, but it was better to just enjoy the attack than try and capture it. All critters seemed to enjoy hunkering down in the shade or just drifting on the surface of the ponds. As I was coming up on one of the far ponds I saw fish jumping; probably there was a new hatch of some kind of insect … so … I just hung around and tried to get decent shots of the fish jumping. Kinda fun … kinda hot in 100+ degree heat … kinda neat too. Fifteen minutes of it was all I could take and the walk resumed.

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…the flow … and over tens of thousands of years, wind and water have worked there artistic magic on this once active volcano on the northern edge of the San Francisco Volcanic Field. The surface appears to have a somewhat fuzzy or velvety texture to it, but rather doubt if it would feel like that if you fell and skidded along the surface :+)

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… indeed a rare day, I got everything done that I set out to do. A later start than planned, but I was airborne by 9AM and  en route to the Tuba City area and get some of the fabulous textures of the rocks in the canyons in the area and then too there are always the fabulous airscapes such as this one. There is so much history on the surface of this area it blows the mind.  I should have brought the 70/200 lens today, but made do with the 24/70 mounted on the 6D. I should have my 5DSR by the end of the month and am looking forward to more trips north.

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… after church, a shoot at the ponds and a Walmart run, I called my friend “not just any” John to see if he was available for a latte and he was, so a stop at Safeway to get the lattes and then a quick run over to his studio.  I missed the opportunity to shoot a female sculpture that he is finishing up and he told me he had already made a run to Phoenix with the first body parts he had cut off yesterday and after I left today he was going to cut the arms and other parts off to bring down to Phoenix tomorrow.

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Mark your calendars … June13, 2015 … 7PM … Mary D. Fisher Theater, 2030 W Hwy 89A, Sedona, AZ

Anthony Mazzella Live in Concert and background photography and images by Ted Grussing. The music will be incredible and performed in front of my photography and image artistry projected onto the large screen of the theater. So come and join us in this unique presentation  … close your eyes and be transported by the music or keep them open and drink in the full experience of auditory and visual art … most important come and experience the magical journey that will be presented.

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I have had more of One’s fans requesting more images of her … what better way than to include an image of her during a photo shoot … an astral shoot at that. I think it is because she is strictly an indoor cat that there are fewer opportunities to get shots of her. Most of the photos I took of Nimbus and Q were outdoors when I would sit on the deck with Corky and for whatever reason I don’t seem to do that anymore.  But since she likes to do her form of exercise whilst I do mine I have started grabbing a camera and shooting her.

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… looking at, making decisions to keep or toss have had the cumulative effect of giving me a photo hangover … I almost immediately go into a semi coma and begin and snoozing while firmly pressing the delete button. I found a cure this afternoon, I shucked it all and went flying … higher and higher … engine off over Mingus and a roundabout sled ride home. Since the hangover is caused by viewing way too many images, I decided the best cure would be to take a bunch more and so I did … more deletions to follow, but not this one :+)

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… the ice, the cold and wintry plains on the Colorado Plateau. The area south and  east of Flagstaff is replete with small lakes and the stress cracks in the ice create beautiful patterns which are fun to witness. Not entirely sure I know where I took this shot … I think it was on the east end of Lower Lake Mary … anyhow hope you enjoy this aerial abstract of earth … what a great place to live … earth that is.

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By Ted Grussing

… the ice, the cold and wintry plains on the Colorado Plateau. The area south and  east of Flagstaff is replete with small lakes and the stress cracks in the ice create beautiful patterns which are fun to witness. Not entirely sure I know where I took this shot … I think it was on the east end of Lower Lake Mary … anyhow hope you enjoy this aerial abstract of earth … what a great place to live … earth that is.

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… I began work on an entirely new series of images, composites and straight photographs to use for the screen backdrop complementing the artistry of Anthony Mazzella when he performs live at the Mary Fisher a week from Saturday. Each image will be created for the composition that it accompanies. We think it will be fun and  for sure you will be captivated by his extraordinary talents. The concert setting allows him to let loose and you will get the full experience and range of his talent. You can purchase tickets to the concert at: http://www.sedonafilmfestival.org/Calendar.asp?View=EVENT&EventID=963&Date=6/13/2015&SectionID=-1 and tickets are only $15.00 each. Suggest you buy soon as the venue only seats about 120 people.

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… so young to be a mom, but a mother she is and she also seems to have a very gentle nature; we had a nice conversation and she struck a number of nice poses before she departed up a tree. I like squirrels and their playful  and inquisitive nature. The last few minutes of light flowed over the grass creating a green luminance that glowed.

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