… it was a great day to be here and breathing … lots of work in the lapidary arts and metal smithing … my metal working skills are coming back and soon (subject to interpretation … what is soon?) I will have some new projects done. Also calls with friends and work on some other stuff around the house.
The photo above was shot at the Grand Canyon and features one of the amazing ravens that spend hours soaring in orographic lift at the canyon. In this shot our feathered friend is paying the price of choosing to live in a high wind area as his feathers are blasted by the wind. Right after this shot, he was back in the air over the canyon.
Below is a photo I shot a few years ago. The SW corner of Casner Mountain is in the lower right-hand corner of the image … you are looking to the NW up Sycamore Canyon from roughly mid canyon. Sycamore is the second largest canyon in Arizona and an absolutely beautiful place to be. Tales of hidden gold treasures and natural beauty. On the horizon left to right you have Sitgreaves Mountain, Kendrick Peak and the San Francisco Peaks on the far right. The surreal nature of the photo is a result of several prescribed and managed fires on the plateau … makes my favorite exercise a little difficult … breathing!
Beginning in January 2024 I am changing the frequency of these missives to 3X a week. They will arrive in your email box on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.
Into the weekend for me … choose to have a beautiful day and please keep breathing … an occasional act of kindness and a smile would be great too … always your decision. Back Monday morning.
I am weary lying here so long. Many things that
once I thought important do not seem so now. If
this is the end of earth for me, I pray I shall have a
last conscious moment, in which I may gladly remember
that, in the days of my strength, I had had the
courage now and then to raise my voice for the right
as I saw it; that amid the struggles for the necessities
of existence I had the time to record a few moments
of spiritual ecstasy; and that in the stern ways of life
I had known a little of the tenderness of a woman’s love.
May these things abide with me; and if in the infinite
universe I retain aught of my earthly self, may they
remind me that in my feeble way I was one who tried—
a lovely memory out of the beautiful earth. Then
closing my eyes—consciousness slowly dwindling like
a day that is spent—let me fall quietly asleep, a tired
child at sundown. Peace.
The Last Prayer by Max Ehrmann
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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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