Ted Grussing is a Photographer, Soaring Pilot, Attorney, Custom Jewelry Designer and Caregiver.
What a difference … twenty four hours can make, I have been continually trying to not limp today as eight months of constant hip pain has conditioned me to do so, crutches dispensed with and a new sensation of not hurting as I walk … YES!!! I can handle that.
A few days ago I was enjoying watching One in full predator mode … nothing was safe!
I actually got six hours sleep last night and didn’t wake up till 7AM … quick cup of espresso and out the door for the airport and by 8AM I was rolling down R21 at Sedona Airport.
Hidden … in plain view which pretty well tells the tale of Coal Mine Canyon … from the air the beauty is unparalleled and from the roads that go by it is barely noticeable.
I found this image of the SF Peaks which I took last November as I was going through the portfolio tonight looking for an image that fit my mood.
There is generally a meaning of finality with the term drawing a red line and with the USFS it is no exception. Instead of words they use aerial bombardment laying down redlines of fire retardant where they want to stop fire and not permit it to cross that line. I took this photo this morning and I was north of Hwy 69 looking to the SW, west of Mayer and the fire was the Goodwin Fire. You can see the redline laid down at the base and near the base of the mountains and some homes just on the non-fire side of the line that were saved from destruction by that red line of retardant … pretty cool stuff.
I flew this morning, but this time there was a lot of water vapor in the sky, some smoke and some ozone so that by the time I got to 12,000’ the landscape was getting hazed out. Spent some time cruising around Kendrick peak as they have lifted the TFR which had a floor of 12,000’.
Forever and … forever beyond that … a rainbow in the distance over the Painted Desert, low clouds embracing the NW faces of the San Francisco Peaks
TBO … also known as time between overhaul and it appears that this crow is just about at the limit with missing barbules in his feather structure structure …
I took this shot of Kendrick Mountain on October 1st of 2016 and it was a beautiful day to get the fall colors on the eastern slopes