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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Feb. 14, 2017

Had some fun when I flew last Thursday, there was a lot of smokey haze in the air from all the wood burning stoves and fireplaces in the valley so no long distance shots possible.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Feb. 9, 2017

After covering another fifty or so feet from last night’s shot our friend the Great Blue Heron had arrived at his fishing ponds, he arched his back, swung his legs forward, increased the angle of attack of his wings (angle relative to plane of flight) and spread his wings wide which has the dual effect of braking his speed and stalling himself out of flight and his right foot has just come into contact with the floor of the pond.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Feb. 1, 2017

Light … and shadows … the light was pretty harsh when I flew this afternoon so spent my time shooting the ground. I took this shot on the plateau a few miles from the edge of the rim. Kind of a fun shot and nice to be back in the air and a repeat tomorrow. Had to be home by three this afternoon so it was less than an hour in the air, but nice.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey Jan. 26, 2017

The sun was warm and otherwise gray rocks glowed a warm and rich color … the mountain cast its shadow as far as the eye could see and clouds that were not blocked by the mountain picked up rich colors as well … volcanic cones were in the shadow of the peaks as well.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey Jan. 20, 2017

Passing by on the way from what I call the lake area S and SE of Flagstaff to the Rogers Lake area yesterday I took a few shots out the side of Flagstaff and the San Francisco Peaks area, cruising just above the clouds at 10,500’ enjoying the view. Pulliam Field (Flagstaff Airport) is between the lower clouds and Flagstaff itself just about center and spreading in all directions

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey Jan. 19, 2017

Arizona's largest natural lake… is Mormon Lake … it is an intermittent lake and when full has a surface area of about twelve square miles … overall average is about a square mile and average depth of ten feet.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Jan. 18, 2017

I took this shot from a couple of miles S of the Verde River looking pretty much to the NNE. The Verde River is at the bottom of the image and the flow is from left to right, curving upwards a bit and Sycamore Creek joins the Verde River near the apex of the curve.

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Sedona Pathyways Our Daily Journey Jan. 10, 2017

Three minutes after I started rolling on Rwy 21, I was airborne and looking at the beauty up on the plateau … I spent a few minutes getting shots such as this and then headed up to get closer shots … truth be told I like this one as much as any of the others I shot because I captured the beauty of Sedona as well as the peaks and the plateau.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Jan. 6, 2017

This is a departure from the usual fare, but with pile burning season upon us and the noxious emissions released into the air at the worst possible time of year for the smoke to go anywhere I will be offering some views, studies, photographs and suggestions that have merit and could be implemented in the management of the forests. I have no degree or formal training in fire, but I know some of the brightest people who do and we talk and they share with me.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Jan. 4, 2017

One of the things I enjoy most about flying is the solitude and quietude and the ever changing airscapes over planet earth …

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey Dec. 21, 2016

The mountain … it was fun to be back up at the peaks, winds were down to 20 kts at altitude and perpendicular to the west facing slopes, so I made a number of passes along the mountain starting at 12,500’ and swinging back at successively lower altitudes.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey Dec. 14, 2016

I’m not sure what the three ducks on the water are thinking as they eye the invading force that is about to splash down right in front of them … and can you imagine three planes coming in for a landing like this … major news events with airplane parts scattered all over the place, but these characters do it all day long

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey Dec. 9, 2016

Every once in a while it is fun to try something new and on this particular flight I did …

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey Dec. 7, 2016

I received quite a few replies today complimenting me on my fine food choices, but then I received a few who thought my food choices needed massive enhancements and I was setting a bad example

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey Dec. 6, 2016

Listen to the warm … an evening listening to the musical poetry of Rod McKuen and today was just one of those days where plans shift … some things get done and others are put off for another day and given the nature of the things I put off,

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Jorney: Dec. 2, 2016

I did a lot around the house this morning hoping the temperature would go up a bit, but the sun didn’t have a chance to warm the earth as it was blocked by an overcast sky; it did not deter One, who extended her outing to almost an hour before deciding it was time to come in and continue the viewing from her perch on the kitchen table looking out over the expanse between the 10th green and the 11th tee box where we live.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey Nov. 24, 2016

While we were eating turkey, this young lady was eating grass, compliments of Chaparral Pines Golf course.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Nov. 18, 2016

I've got your back ... … today was one of those days where plans go out the window and you are busy doing everything but what you planned … still, a good day and this afternoon I ducked out for a quick trip to the ponds and see if I could jump a few ducks.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Nov. 16, 2016

This is a shot I took deep in Coal Mine Canyon last Friday and in looking at it after I finished the image I noticed that it looks like the right third of the image was tacked on to the left two thirds. In the full size image I blew it up as big as I could and it looks like a crack in the surface of the earth.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Nov. 14, 2016

Remembering ... … hope you had a wonderful Veterans Day weekend and took a little time to remember the sacrifices that so many have made in the service of our country … thanks to all who serve and have served in the armed forces

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Nov. 10, 2016

A few more ducks are arriving as the migration begins to pick up. After I flew this morning I headed down to the ponds to check it out and the Ring necks are beginning to arrive, are very skittish due to getting shot at all the way down here and thus spook and fly

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Nov. 2, 2016

Time to say goodbye … and that is exactly what this Bluebird is doing … to be honest, he is leaving because of me since One was nowhere near the Bluebird.

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Sedona Pathways: Our Daily Journey Oct. 28, 2016

Cleaning up… we all do it, even the critters and after shooting the ponds and the wetlands this morning we back tracked and hit the Hatchery and shot trout and ducks in the main pond.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey Oct. 21, 2016

The upper 2.5 … thousand feet of Humphreys Peak is captured in this image. It was snowing at the peaks and the beauty was, well just take a look. Humphreys Peak is 12, 633’ and this shot captures the mountain from about 10,000’ and up.

Sedona Pathways ... Our Daily Journey Oct. 10, 2016

SF Peaks color ... it is still very good color at the peaks; the inner basin is fading and at least as far as aerial shots go, it is over, but from the ground you get an entirely different perspective and groves where I see large numbers of aspens having lost their leaves.

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