By Ted Grussing
After dropping the 95 Van off at the good family Anderson’s place of business Eric and I headed down to the ponds to see what was there; first stop was Lo Lo Mai Springs to look for Woodies and an Owl; Owls are conspicuously absent when I am along with Eric and soon I will be thinking that he is photoshoping those great owl shots of his … like taking an owl shot and putting it into a hole in the tree. Oh well, we tried and he played the happy sounds of an owl on his iPhone all to no avail. We did get a great tour of the area by the owner and admitted to private ponds … very cool, but no ducks or anything else for that matter. Off to Bubbling Ponds Fish Hatchery just down the road and we were greeted by a beautiful Black Hawk as we pulled into the parking lot. We got some good shots of it in rather difficult lighting conditions and I really like this shot where he is making a power stroke as he is departing the area … kinda like a stealth bomber. More shots of ducks, birds and a reprise of the hawk which returned to the area after a while.
For those who have asked, where are the ponds? Bubbling Ponds Fish Hatchery is located directly across the street from Page Springs Restaurant on Page Springs Road. They are open to the public and you can walk around the area. The parking lot for the Hatchery is just a couple of hundred yards west of the restaurant on the left side of the road heading towards SR 89A. The actual Bubbling Ponds are closed to the public and west of the hatchery adjacent to Lo Lo Mai Springs. You should also check out Lo Lo Mai Springs as a destination resort as it is very nice in there. Their website is; http://lolomai.com/ .
A nap when I got home, a walk and then up to Sound Bites to spend some time with friends and listen to Anthony play. They have a wine tasting every Thursday night up there and you should check it out some time. Picked a salad up at Wildflower Bakery and then home for a quiet evening with One … she has just returned from wherever she has been the past hour and is positioned in her favorite spot with feet up on the 27” inch monitor and pushing against the keyboard … she has determined that it is time for me to do a wrap for the day and so it shall be.
We’re into the weekend … please have a good one, enjoy your time with friends and family, share a smile or three and your joy … it will make someone’s day and yours as well.
My friend Van shared this quote of Emerson with me and want to share it with you too. Van sends out short thoughts to a list and I am glad to be on his; if you would like to be added to his list send him an email at: Van Austin firstname.lastname@example.org he is a neat guy and tolerates my responses to some of his thoughts for the day.
I am once again more than two hundred emails behind … sorry … I will be working to get it down this weekend.
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
The easiest way to reach Mr. Grussing is by email: email@example.com
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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