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Ted Grussing

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View of Sedona from a pull off on Upper Red Rock Loop Road which gives one of the classic and beautiful overviews of the Sedona area. It is easy to access, just turn east onto Upper Red Rock Loop Road at the High School and about a third of the way down there are a number of pull outs where you can get beautiful shots of the area.

By Ted Grussing March 14, 2018
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I have always loved the work of Ansel Adams … he took remarkable shots and then he converted them into his art through advanced techniques he employed in the dark room.

By Ted Grussing February 28, 2018
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I actually liked the first five shots in this series I shot of a Red Tail Hawk finishing his fresh, range fed, natural food field mouse better than this, but taking the sensitivities of some into account we’ll leave you with this one and a final view of our unwilling meal slipping down the throat of the hawk

By Ted Grussing February 20, 2018
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A little bonus in case you are inclined to head to Snow Bowl this weekend

By Ted Grussing February 17, 2018
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Ol' Blue Eyes … well they are more a turquoise color, but that wouldn’t fit the narrative, so here is a Cormorant I shot last summer on Watson Lake and one of my favorites.

By Ted Grussing February 7, 2018
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In time … our brief sojourn on the planet … they may be short and they may be numbered, but while we are here, we have the choice as to how we live each day and that makes all the difference … a good day or a bad day … my choice and your choice.

By Ted Grussing February 5, 2018
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A few weeks ago I was at a friend’s shooting birds in his back yard and some Bluebirds came in for water.

By Ted Grussing January 24, 2018
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With everything set, our Greenhead friend is cruising down the pond waiting for his sink rate to bring him into contact with the watery runway beneath his webbed feet

By Ted Grussing January 16, 2018
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. Wildlife is my favorite subject when I am on the ground, so here is a Scrub Jay I shot whilst at Eric’s home for a visit last week

By Ted Grussing January 15, 2018
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A good place to reflect and gather your thoughts away from the cacophony of life.

By Ted Grussing January 9, 2018
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I was sorely tempted to fly this afternoon when I went up to the airport, but the desire to not take a chance on screwing this thing up prevailed and instead, I removed the flight computer to send in to the factory for warranty work. This will ensure I do not fly for at least the next 10 days and by then I am quite sure I will be ready to go.

By Ted Grussing January 2, 2018
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2017 is on the way out and 2018 is about to make its appearance and methinks it shall be a very good year

By Ted Grussing December 29, 2017
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With harbors, and while no harbors are present in this aerial shot of the northern part of Lake Pleasant on a rather windy day, there are lee sides of islands and promontories to provide shelter. And it appears a very large and ancient creature is throwing a large object, or is a creature attacking him … lots of possibilities.

By Ted Grussing December 19, 2017
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A good place to be whether it is refuge from a rough and stormy sea, a hangar when gale force winds are blowing and the sky is not a place to be, that quiet place inside when storm and turmoil fill your life … a place of refuge and healing … a place we can create for ourselves and be alone and ponder life.

By Ted Grussing December 18, 2017
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Every time I see examples of our military in action, I give thanks and am grateful that at least some of our tax dollars are very well spent.

By Ted Grussing December 6, 2017
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As promised, a shot from the outing at Watson Lake this afternoon.

By Ted Grussing November 29, 2017
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Beginning December 1st the Ladders area along the Verde River will be closed for approximately seven months in order to protect the breeding grounds for the Bald Eagle

By Ted Grussing November 22, 2017
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Sunday morning I flew down to Prescott to shoot the lakes from the sky … because the lakes are within Class D airspace for Prescott Love Field I chose to stay above the very busy airspace and shot mostly above 8,000’, with ground level being a little over 5,000’.

By Ted Grussing November 15, 2017
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Two flights and two trips to Watson lake over the weekend … maybe another of each tomorrow.

By Ted Grussing November 14, 2017
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There are all manner of life forms that make up our neighborhood and a multitude of them have wings … like all creatures, some of them just do not want to get along with each other, enter one of the neighborhood’s gang of crows who doesn’t want to share the trees or sky with this Coopers Hawk … the crow made numerous passes and on a couple of them there was physical contact; in the end the hawk remained to hunt for dinner and perhaps the crow received a sharp beak on one of the passes and broke it off.

By Ted Grussing November 8, 2017
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It seems like every time I go to Watson Lake there are new species arriving with the fall migration and these Hooded Mergansers are among the new arrivals. Like Wood Ducks they nest in small cavities in trees and the newly hatched ducklings leave the nest within a day of being hatched … the first step is the biggest and it may be fifty feet or so; it is also the second smallest of the six species of Mergansers … you can read more about this beautiful creature at: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Hooded_Merganser/lifehistory .

By Ted Grussing November 7, 2017
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I started shooting waterfowl when I was twelve and my Dad gave me my first shotgun, a Harrington Richardson, single shot .410 that took 2.5 inch shells and it was a folding gun with a relatively short barrel. I shot my first pheasant, duck and upland game with that gun.

By Ted Grussing November 1, 2017
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As the USFS continues its Prescribed Burns, I believe it is fair to question the sanity of their policies of using fire as a tool in managing the forests, or at the least the way they are executing these policies.

By Ted Grussing October 27, 2017
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Unique ... … that is the term that the USFS is using to describe the prescribed burns that we are going to be choked out by this week … in fact it is already underway and they are going to be igniting them with full knowledge that the smoke will be coming down into the valleys and tens of thousands of human beings will be forced to breathe the horrible pollutants that they are putting into the air.

By Ted Grussing October 23, 2017
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I was as undecided as I could be about what to send out tonight, so it was just open a folder, rapidly spin the wheel and click after it started cycling images in the folder and this is where I landed. It is a photo I took last December on a flight up to the peaks after a nice snowfall.

By Ted Grussing October 11, 2017
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After the last trip out to Watson lake on Friday I found a number of shots of Cormorants I took where the shots gave the appearance of an eyeless bird … closer examination shows that his head is rotated ninety degrees to the right … one eye down and one up.

By Ted Grussing October 3, 2017
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It has been a very good day beginning with an early AM flight up to Red Mountain to get some more shots of it … no matter how good you already have, the absolute perfection killer shot is just waiting to be taken so you go back and do it again.

By Ted Grussing September 20, 2017
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Green ... the color of life and summer … coupled with the mystical beauty that is Watson Lake.

By Ted Grussing September 13, 2017
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Yesterday’s image was of the eagle soaring overhead and tonight is the view he would have if soaring the gap between Long Canyon and Oak Creek Canyon.

By Ted Grussing September 8, 2017
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It caused 1,000 miles of travel and a man's death; the strange story told by a prospector:

By Ted Grussing September 6, 2017
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This Cormorant seems to have that look as he launches himself into flight, the teal colored eyes staring down the watery runway stretching out before him.

By Ted Grussing September 6, 2017
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There is beauty and there is life. We headed down to Watson Lake this afternoon, in and between, some fantastic monsoonal storms … after checking the weather radar apps we headed out on the lake, somewhat confident that we would be remaining between several large storms that were traversing the area.

By Ted Grussing August 30, 2017
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What do you see ... … an image comprising roughly 95% of Sedona and all its various enclaves, more than that though, I see a community of people living in a place of incredible beauty.

By Ted Grussing August 28, 2017
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It seemed like it was Wednesday night, but it wasn’t and no I’m not cutting back again … still four nights a week.

By Ted Grussing August 25, 2017
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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.

By Ted Grussing August 17, 2017
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A few days ago I was enjoying watching One in full predator mode … nothing was safe!

By Ted Grussing August 16, 2017
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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.

By Ted Grussing August 10, 2017
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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.

By Ted Grussing July 28, 2017
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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.

By Ted Grussing July 19, 2017
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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.

By Ted Grussing July 17, 2017
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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’.

By Ted Grussing July 13, 2017
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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

By Ted Grussing July 11, 2017
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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 …

By Ted Grussing June 27, 2017
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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

By Ted Grussing June 21, 2017
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A Zone Tail Hawk on the way home with a delicious meal securely in his talons.

By Ted Grussing June 8, 2017
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I love anything that flies and found this shot from earlier this year; a Ring Neck duck fully engaged his take off run.

By Ted Grussing June 7, 2017
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Learn how to fly ... … one of my favorite songs from the Fifth Dimension and I used it in a short video clip I put together this afternoon which includes a flight Jason and I took on Saturday and one I took on Sunday.

By Ted Grussing June 6, 2017
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I’m in the process of uploading some of my favorite composites to Getty iStock Photos and in the review process I came on this one which I did in May of 2013. 2013, was kind of a rough year; I lost my brother in January, early in May, Cork was put on Hospice Care and the day I took this shot we lost Q,, One’s predecessor and in November I lost Cork.

By Ted Grussing May 31, 2017
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Get a grip … on life … the beauty that is everywhere … and people who matter in your life.

By Ted Grussing May 23, 2017
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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

By Ted Grussing May 18, 2017