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Ted Grussing

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This Gambel’s quail was sitting on top of the desert olive bush in the back yard, looking back at One and me and asking the question, “do you really want to try to get me?” well in response I shot him and One was frustrated by her inability to climb up through the safe haven of that bush.

By Ted Grussing June 24, 2019
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When I took off this morning the smoke was pretty intense, so I pointed the nose up and to the north.

By Ted Grussing June 12, 2019
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There are few things that can bring a smile to my face more than watching the squirrels in our neighborhood as they bounce their way across the grass … I caught this one in midflight as the back feet have just left the ground and the front are reaching for the next landing spot.

By Ted Grussing June 4, 2019
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It was an exciting encounter and lasted a total of two or three seconds.

By Ted Grussing June 3, 2019
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Not long ago I resumed my evening walks and have started getting some shots I like again. I took this one of a javelina who was also on his evening walk … taken up near the green on the 11th hole as I was walking back home down the fairway.

By Ted Grussing May 28, 2019
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Down the hatch … among humans a way of toasting or celebrating by throwing a drink down your throat ...

By Ted Grussing May 23, 2019
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Yesterday I spent about an hour and a half photographing House Mountain, an ancient shield volcano in the Sedona area.

By Ted Grussing May 20, 2019
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A shot I took of a grebe at Willow Lake a few weeks ago and he seems to have a look of incredulity about him … or curiosity perhaps … ornery?

By Ted Grussing May 15, 2019
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I have always enjoyed this image and usually shoot a few new ones every year … it is a reminder of this date (April 15th) during my working years as this is usually how I felt.

By Ted Grussing April 16, 2019
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Talking … to me? Or to someone or something else? In any case our blue heron friend was proclaiming something of which I was clueless … he was a beautiful subject for this shot though and I like that you can see both of his wings in this image.

By Ted Grussing April 3, 2019
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I took this shot a few years ago on a morning flight up to and over the Colorado Plateau. There were numerous storm cells drifting around the area, some large blue holes with the sun coming through and in general all seemed well with the world.

By Ted Grussing April 1, 2019
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Dreams … daffodils or simply a field of great beauty where you can spend time and let your mind wander in a scene of intense beauty. This is a shot from the daffodil fields at Filoli and the field and apple trees were in full bloom.

By Ted Grussing March 20, 2019
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… I have been doing aerial shooting of fall colors on the plateau since 2007 and 2018 was the best ever …

By Ted Grussing March 13, 2019
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This rock serves as a great reminder to have a cup of coffee … or my preferred espresso shots.

By Ted Grussing February 25, 2019
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The view from SW of Rogers Lake, looking to the NE, on a very wintry day last February.

By Ted Grussing January 23, 2019
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You are mine, at least that what this Coopers Hawk seems to be telling the birds hiding and seeking shelter in our Desert Olive bush

By Ted Grussing January 22, 2019
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I took this shot last week on a flight to the east of the San Francisco Peaks and got to shoot some of my favorite scenes besides the mountains and clouds and those are of the wonderful abstract patterns created when snow falls and does not completely cover the fields … an abstract of black and white patterns.

By Ted Grussing January 16, 2019
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It was a beautiful day in Sedona when I took off this afternoon, but by the time I got half way to the peaks I was dodging snow showers.

By Ted Grussing January 10, 2019
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Day 1 of the New Year was a relaxing and fun day.

By Ted Grussing January 2, 2019
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The outing on Lake Pleasant today was one of the funnest days on the water yet

By Ted Grussing December 14, 2018
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No one really likes waiting in line at the grocery store and some even take naps while waiting for their fresh meat to be delivered to them.

By Ted Grussing December 12, 2018
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I love clouds and habitually shoot clouds that speak to me. I took this shot of the clouds from our back deck a couple of weeks ago and the Heron I shot at Watson Lake about a month ago.

By Ted Grussing November 26, 2018
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Sometimes the sky and my moods intersect in a soft glow where the world becomes a vista of pastels and muted colors and the day I shot this image was such a day … dreamy landscapes, clouds and sky.

By Ted Grussing November 19, 2018
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Eyes wide Open ... … the music by Tony Anderson that I am playing and what this hen Gadwall has as she is dropping her gear (her feet) and swings them forward, spreading her feet out for a landing on the water … wee bit chilly now, but they are well insulated and able to deal with it.

By Ted Grussing November 13, 2018
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I came on this guy on Hwy 77 in Wisconsin, cutting over from I-35N to US 63 at Minong before heading up US 63 to Gordon where we take County Y heading to the Upper Eau Claire lake.

By Ted Grussing November 1, 2018
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A dreamland of , snow, clouds and blue skies that I had on flights to the SF Peaks last week

By Ted Grussing October 22, 2018
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I'm blown away by the beauty that surrounded me this morning … my first flight in Mariah for a long time was nothing short of remarkable and reminded me of the shoot that the Loon gave me in Northern Wisconsin just a couple of weeks ago.

By Ted Grussing October 10, 2018
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I took this shot of a young doe on the way back to the cabin after an afternoon in search of color … she and her “mom” were feeding on the grasses at the side of the road and I shot them from inside the car so as not to spook them.

By Ted Grussing October 3, 2018
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Have a heart ... and this view of Sunset Crater from the west looking east gives you the heart shape cone I was talking about a week or so ago when I sent out photos from the east looking west.

By Ted Grussing September 19, 2018
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What the inside of Sunset Crater looks like? Wonder no longer, as this shot I took last September, gives you a clear view of the entire caldera of Sunset Crater … one of my favorite place to go; in the air for beautiful photos of the crater and surrounding volcanic fields and other volcanic cones and on the ground for the spectacular wood and a sense of being in an area less than ten minutes ago in geologic time, saw the earth’s crust ripped and rendered and molten lava exploding out of the earth.

By Ted Grussing September 10, 2018
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Few things are able to evoke the peace and tranquility that being out on quiet water can do … the beauty of sky, shorelines and reflections in the water … and no one else around to break the spell. I took this shot last August and I’m anxious to get back out there and just drift and absorb the beauty.

By Ted Grussing August 22, 2018
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Going through photos for the book today I came on a shot of the SF Peaks I took last year which is one of my all-time favorite shots of them.

By Ted Grussing August 21, 2018
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I captured a series of shots of the Blue Heron that I sent out last night and this shot is the next in the series, taken approximately .14 seconds after the shot from last night … you can see where he has lifted off with the mighty force of the push from the legs and the forward and downward beat of the wings.

By Ted Grussing August 7, 2018
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End of day on the Colorado Plateau on January 8th , 2017 … I took this shot on a very high wind day about 20 minutes before sunset and the conditions were phenomenal by anyone’s standards.

By Ted Grussing August 1, 2018
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For a few moments last Friday afternoon, these two predators had their eyes locked on each other and then the larger of them turned his head and resumed his stroll across the grass towards the wild area of brush, trees and tangles.

By Ted Grussing July 23, 2018
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When all else fails, do something different and this is the seventh photo I pulled up tonight.

By Ted Grussing July 18, 2018
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I saw a bobcat whilst out with One this evening and it reminded me of a shot I took in 2015 of a young bobcat in someone’s yard high up on Merry Go Round Rock Road while heading into town.

By Ted Grussing July 10, 2018
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Coal Mine Canyon is one of the beautiful canyons in northern Arizona and it much more vast when viewed from the air as opposed to from the ground. It

By Ted Grussing July 3, 2018
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Sometimes a combination of music and beautiful scenery sweeps you into new dimensions and an inner glow brings a smile, eyes close and you are along for the ride … perhaps among the stars or as tonight along the beauty of Sycamore Canyon, the Colorado Plateau and the San Francisco Volcanic field

By Ted Grussing June 20, 2018
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I took this shot of Humphreys Peak mid-February, late in the afternoon, the winds were down, so not much orographic lift and the engine was on

By Ted Grussing June 13, 2018
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I took this shot last spring when I was driving north on I-17 heading home after a day of shooting the incredible flower fields on the west side of Lake Pleasant.

By Ted Grussing June 4, 2018
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Out of a tight place and this pair of mallards is going vertical to get out of a small pocket in the granite rocks at Watson Lake … the greyish color reminded me of prison walls thus the title, “Jail Break.”

By Ted Grussing May 23, 2018
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Waterfowl are reaching out and taking to flight, whether because they are startled or simply moving on to another body of water or a field and there is a beauty associated with those brief moments when they are transitioning from a state of rest to one of flight

By Ted Grussing May 21, 2018
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Through life and forever occurs a single moment at a time and that is why I made my choice to remain exclusively with still/freeze frame photography so that we can ponder that fraction of a second and spend some time just enjoying that moment, irrespective of what has gone before and what will follow.

By Ted Grussing May 9, 2018
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It was kind of a different day and rather relaxed … friend over for a short visit early afternoon, a trip to the outside world with One and then a little road trip, destination unknown … when I got there I was in the Sedona Community Cemetery and took a trip through looking for some friends sites.

By Ted Grussing May 7, 2018
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The gap between Casner and Black Mountains is one of my favorite places and the view from about 5800’ looking into Sycamore Canyon through the gap is about as nice as it gets.

By Ted Grussing April 2, 2018
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On the way home from Flagstaff this afternoon a number of thoughts were running through my mind … the shoot this morning with several friends at Dead Horse State Park, getting more photos of the beautiful Vermillion Fly Catcher, the flight down Copper Canyon, all the good things that people do for each other and the few who simply seem incapable of doing good.

By Ted Grussing March 30, 2018
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Rules … not an uncommon thing and even down at Bubbling Ponds there are a few rules, but apparently they do not apply to all who visit the area.

By Ted Grussing March 28, 2018
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I was going through all of the February photos making final deletions, adding keywords before committing to closure of the month and the filing of February 2018, when I came across a shoot I did while running the ridge from Humphreys Peak to Agassiz

By Ted Grussing March 26, 2018
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Drenched … in color … and beauty as only an Iris can be.

By Ted Grussing March 21, 2018

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