By Ted Grussing
… time for another critter portrait and this time a beautiful shot of one of my neighbors. Name unknown, release not asked for, but what the heck we’ll publish her photo anyhow and take a chance that we shall not be sued. A solitary creature, she, but beautiful and can you believe it, she is wearing a fur coat! Geez, the nerve of some!
Unfortunately tens of thousands of these gorgeous predators are trapped and killed for their fur every year, including thousands in Arizona. A pelt from a cat of this quality will bring around $750.00. I’m all in for hunting, but to kill an animal of this beauty just for its pelt does not sit well with me … perhaps those who hunt and kill these cats need to eat the meat too!
I had a nice flight this afternoon and took three pictures, none of which was worth keeping; the air was filled with smoke and haze again … not heavy, but if you looked at Mingus mountain from the Sedona Airport all you could see was the silhouette through a white haze and that does not make for beautiful aerial photographs. The White Fire in Sycamore Canyon is still smoldering, but not much more than a very small village with wood burning fireplaces. The smoke drains down through the canyon into the Clarkdale area, but should be out soon.
Espresso and breakfast at Wildflower Bakery in the morning and down to Lake Pleasant in the afternoon … fun day!
Have a terrific day, smile and keep breathing … definitely with a mask though.
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
The easiest way to reach Mr. Grussing is by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to sales of photographs already taken Ted does special shoots for patrons on request and also does air-to-air photography for those who want photographs of their airplanes in flight. All special photographic sessions are billed on an hourly basis.
Ted also does one-on-one workshops for those interested in learning the techniques he uses. By special arrangement Ted will do one-on-one aerial photography workshops which will include actual photo sessions in the air.
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