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Imagine…

Friday, October 31st, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… entering my mind and viewing the process by which I create the composites … what do I look for and how do I meld everything into a seamless work of art … spooky thought to be sure, but it is Halloween tomorrow or really it is right now … agreed it is a somewhat scary place I live in … it is called the moment, the only time I have and the only time I am guaranteed. It is where I set the stage for all that is to follow in what will soon enough be the moment.

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I really have to send a photo of my brothers bird feeder out one of these nights … I won’t even have to trick it up, it is that unusual … it defies reason … it is so well protected that only a few species are able to obtain food there and our model tonight is one of the prime offenders that the barbed wire, spikes, cleared trees, metal flanges and more are designed to keep out and away. I suggested mini machine guns, but Bruce declined and methinks he is considering cutting the forest down to solidify the impenetrable nature of the feeder. One look at this guy does impart the impression that he is not looking hungry, wasted or anything like that. Still, he is facing a Minnesota winter … I think he has his dukes up and is looking at Bruce with a little of that don’t mess with me Bruce look. :+)

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Saturday November 1st will be the final and funnest of the three part salons on Photography and Philosophy … Captioned the “Abstract and Imagined … the artist unleashed”. The salon will be at the Mary D. Fisher Theater and between the hours of 1:30P and 3PM. http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/441295/ac5a0bfc98/1480000867/438aaf72e3/

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
No so pretty…

Friday, October 24th, 2014

By Ted Grussing

… the USFS is back to burning in an effort to save the forest … dire warnings about catastrophic fires if they don’t do the prescribed burns and many studies justifying the need for them to restore the forest that the selfsame USFS has mismanaged for the past hundred years … now we are to believe them that they have it right this time around.

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… the Verde Canyon Railroad wends its way from Clarkdale to Perkinsville and return daily at 1PM outbound and 5PM inbound returning … two hours each way to travel twenty miles in each direction. It is the journey that matters and this time of year the temperature is delightful and the air fresh. The plan was to begin shooting at Perkinsville and continue on shooting when the train was in a sunny patch. A wee bit of scheduling problem as it was thought that the train departed at 1:30PM not the 1PM it actually does. The result was that it was inbound about fifteen minutes before we got there, but there were a lot of sunny areas along the canyon that allowed for some terrific shooting. Mostly I was setting up the shots for Eric and making sure we were in position  to get the train when it came out from heavy shadows … there were shadows and in the narrow parts of the canyon near Clarkdale the canyon was narrow and the rails on the shadow side.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
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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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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