Ted Grussing is a Photographer, Soaring Pilot, Attorney, Custom Jewelry Designer and Caregiver.
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
The Argentine Giant Cactus produces one of my favorite blooms and reminds me of the Singularity in Greg Bear’s book Eon … it just goes on forever and as you gaze into the bloom you have to wonder, does it end? Or does it keep going?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.