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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Whoops x 2

Friday, March 27th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… 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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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
The shore …

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

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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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
A good start …

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… 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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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Pay off

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

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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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography: If

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… it were colder … it were sunny … this could be the view from the north end of the airport tomorrow … but it is not, so I shall make believe that it is cold and it was snow and not rain that we are receiving for the next few days.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Travel day …

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

A little later this morning it is back on the road with stops to see a friend in Torrance, Malibu, Banning and hopefully La Quinta and then the drive home. Unlikely I will get home before 1 or 2AM on Wednesday so no missive and photo tomorrow, but will resume Wednesday night. Cannot think of a trip as fun as this has been in quite a while (except for last Thanksgiving). Spent the day visiting with friends I have not seen in quite a while … dinner at Dukes by the pier with a bevy of cousins … we do not distinguish by degrees … all family … all cousins … all enjoying the life granted us.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
There is …

Monday, March 16th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… life and beauty and love … there is thought and reflection … there is a time and then there are memories and reflection on all that was … and always there is one moment … it is the now… the present … until the moment when there are no more … always and forever there is love … and forever after that.

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By Ted Grussing

Finally wrapped a day with a little time and energy left over to get an email out … lots of time with friends and doing things and tried to get one out very early this morning , but fell asleep on the keyboard :+)

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… leaving on trip to California tomorrow or early Wednesday morning and likely will not be getting the missives and photos out every night for a week or so, but will try … have the nav lights on and a few more things too, none of which make Mariah fly any better, but neat things to have. With the added navigation features it will make for more pleasant cross country flights under power … nothing but nothing beats the pure soaring flight though … that is just pure joy! Tonight’s photo was taken last week before I headed down to Falcon to have the work done on Mariah and is of the SF Peaks from the north side. The near peaks from the left are Rees Peak, Aubineau Peak and Humphreys Peak … on the far side of the caldera Doyle, Freemont and Agassiz Peak and the latter cannot be seen as it is blocked by Humphreys. The wind was blowing from left to right and you can see how turbulent it is by the clouds which were forming just on the lee side of the mountain.

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… bad guys … my friend Rich along with Brent & Gary stopped in Sedona on the way back to California with the newest tool in the CHP’s arsenal in crime fighting and apprehending the bad guys.  The ship is a Gipps Aero GA8 -TC 320 Airvan and has an impressive array of optics and electronic surveillance equipment on board. At night it is possible for them to see a suspect toss a gun from 6,000’ AGL and two miles away.

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By Ted Grussing

… earth is a beautiful place to be and the constant change in all things earth is a wonderful thing to behold … our species tends to take itself a little too seriously and sometimes it is good to kick back knowing that the planet has been around for billions of years before we got here and it will be here for billions of years after we are gone … it does its own thing and cares not a whit whether we are here or not. Had we been here five million years ago and as advanced (whatever that is) as we are now, I think it would be unlikely we would have a Grand Canyon to protect today … it would have been our duty to prevent the erosion caused by the Colorado River … divert it, dam it, cut irrigation channels to get the water off the Plateau … never ever allow it to erode away a portion of the earth a mile deep and more miles across … dire consequences could follow.

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… before heading down to Falcon this afternoon I headed up to Flagstaff and beyond to photograph the peaks and volcanic cones left behind by volcanic eruptions over millions of years and over the past several days recipients of snow … lots of it. I got some good video too and hope to work on it a little tomorrow. Also I got some very neat close up shots of the peaks, mostly from the east and north sides. There was about a 25 kt wind for 041 at the peaks and it was pretty neat as the moist wind came in through Lockett Meadows and as it rushed up the slopes in the caldera and the air cooled it boiled out through the gap between Humphreys Peak and Agassiz Peak … also between Agassiz and  Freemont Peaks … and the clouds continued downwind headed to the SW and creating interesting effects in the air … knowing what they were, had to sample them.

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… when conditions are relatively benign I enjoy flying within the caldera of the San Francisco Peaks  … especially during the fall color and capture the beauty within this relatively small ecosystem that has unique weather patterns and a rare beauty unique to it. Such was the day last September and the aspen groves were near peak color.

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… last month I stopped at the ponds to do some duck hunting (with camera only) and got some nice shots of a few mallards dropping in to one of the ponds … and this is one of them as he was just starting his flare and landing gear (webbed feet) coming down for the landing.  I do like the ponds, the relative quiet and sometimes intense action. On this day it was a quiet one and only a few birds flying … a fun one.

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… I probably would have made it to church a little earlier this morning had I not become entranced by the beauty of God’s creation found next to my trash bin.  It was raining, it is still raining and the drops adhere to leaves, berries and add beauty which enchants and excites the soul. So it was back into the house and about twenty minutes shooting water drops on the leaves, berries, pine needles and anything else I saw. Truly it was fun … whoops … need to leave so I can get to church before it is over … made it, but not by much … but I got to bask in the beauty of creation and so the day continued.

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By Ted Grussing

… I have today … driving down from the airport I saw this gorgeous sunset and had to pull over and grab it. I love sharp detail in clouds and especially at sunset … got it!

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… last night I put my feet up on the desk to take a ten minute rest … at 1:30AM I awoke, decided everyone would understand and went to bed. The intentions were good, but the compulsion to sleep were stronger. So, I’ll send another out tomorrow evening and then take the weekend break.

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By Ted Grussing

Today was … well … it was a very good day. Studied manuals on the new iEFIS unit this morning, got some emails done, calisthenics. Weights, treadmill and a walk. Breakfast at noon and then off for an adventure at the good Dr. Bill’s. 

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… to skiing the slopes is this (might even be better) … flying the ridge below the top and staying in that beautiful unseen flow of orographic lift coming up the slopes bent from horizontal by the mountain and rising as you go along the mountain. Very anxious to run the slopes with the GoPro mounted out on the wing to get some beautiful video along the sides of the mountains. A lot of snow fell today and more for tomorrow … hoping by Wednesday or Thursday to get back up to the peaks and get some good shots and video.

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