Ted Grussing is a Photographer, Soaring Pilot, Attorney, Custom Jewelry Designer and Caregiver.
Beauty surrounds us and life abounds and continues without thought as most species go about the business of living and fulfilling their purpose. Thanks to Eric for the opportunity to shoot birds and critters in his backyard this morning. I love the beauty of Cardinals and generally find them a hyper species and hard to get good shots of, so was very pleased when this guy chose to spend a few minutes in the area. A nice day … busy and I may have actually accomplished something although what it is eludes me. For sure I enjoyed the day, seeing friends and talking with more on the phone; a couple of appointments in the afternoon and home to One and a quiet dinner which qualifies as reasonably healthy too; not something I always do. A friend sent me a definition of Taoism in response to my use of TaO on the cover of the calendar with the note that it describes the life One and I live: Taoism: “We are the breeze, No dam ever stops our flow, No net ever captures our essence, We always flow to the truth of our life. Live kindly and fully.” Thank you Mary, I like that. Another day is waiting to begin and be lived … first some sleep and then the usual shots of espresso and then life can resume. Have a beautiful day, smile and share your joy … someone’s life will be blessed by your presence in theirs … back Monday morning. Cheers Ted And in this journey over a thousand hills and valleys called life, he is wisest who is patient where the way is hard, has faith when he does not understand, and carries into the dark places the light of a cheerful heart. Max Ehrmann
As the sun sets, the atmosphere is filtering out the higher temperature wavelengths (blue) of the sunlight and we are left with the cooler rays which happen to be the reds, and they bathe the red rocks with a more intense color and cast long shadows accentuating the rocks facing the sun.
In a few texts with my girls tonight the “Lusty Month of May,” from Camelot was brought up as one of their favorite songs as we move into the month of May. I loved that play, so I loaded the original music from the Broadway Play and cast up in my Amazon music library and have been enjoying the music all night.
While every day is great, some are just a wee bit better than others and today was one of those.
Mystic days … and today was one of them … we hiked the lava trail at Sunset Crater this morning and I got shots of some fabulous wood … add to that the incredible setting at the base of the most recent volcanic cinder cone in the San Francisco Volcanic Field and the wonderment of what happened about a thousand years ago and the imagination runs wild. I have shot this log before, but today the colors were special… add to that a little Hubble imagery and an Osprey cruising the firmament and as Max is wont to say, we see all as one. Later this morning a friend and I are off in search of a medium size juniper tree that is reputed to be covered by hundreds of thousands of lady bugs. It is located in four wheel jeep country and we’re not sure where exactly it is … a great adventure whether we find the tree or not. A friend told me about it and he has seen it and this is the month that they swarm this one particular tree. One of my favorite endeavors … in search of. One got her outing this afternoon, but after chasing something into a neighbor’s yard she made a sudden high speed dash for the house and had no interest in going back out. Perhaps a creature a wee bit larger than she and this time it did not flee from her charge? So far she has not spoken of the fearful encounter. A terrific dinner at Vince’s in Cornville and home for a little time spent on stones and photos. Have a beautiful day, smile and share your joy … we have life! Cheers Ted For a few hours here in the still morning I wash myself clean of civilization, and purge myself of things and the accumulated rubbish of time. I see all as one, and nothing repels me, as this new day climbs noiselessly out of the valley of the night. Peace lies over the world and over the world of my soul. Max Ehrmann
It is that time of year when intense beauty is released everywhere … the Iris’ are making their debut.
Launch ... … this is one of the more difficult waterfowl shots to get … the very instant that the wings are forced into the water along with a major kick with webbed feet to propel the duck nearly straight up into the air. You can see the enormous energy being expended as this hen mallard is erupting from the surface of the water
So this is what I went down to the Lake Pleasant area to shoot yesterday
The last thing that many tweety birds will ever see is the ferocious appearance of this Sharp Shinned Hawk swooping in for the kill
Unleashed … then there is my real passion in compositing and that is creating new realities from old realities and this is the art I most enjoy in compositing