By Ted Grussing
… and on my walk before church this morning I was looking for some backlit leaves to expand my portfolio of such things … I saw a promising leaf on a tree and was able to position myself so that I had the sun directly behind the leaf. The leaf is preparing to shut down, turn color ( I hope) and fall to earth to recycle the nutrients it possesses and complete another life cycle. The leaf showed signs of a full and tough life with holes and gaps appearing in it and a major starburst of sunlight coming through a little larger hole than most. It is amazing to view the intricate detail of the distribution system in a life where water and nutrients flow through to maintain the health and life of the individual leaf … hundreds and hundreds of leafs on the tree and all share the same complexity.
Following the walk it was off to church, my usual visit at our niche contemplating the beauty of life and the completed journey here … wonderment at the gift given to us … brunch at NY Bagel and Deli and shared a couple of sugar free vanilla lattes with my friend John and a discussion followed by a photo shoot with he and his creation, the sculpture of Merlin in the Whole Foods center … Merlin will soon assume the identity of One and John will be showing off the new patina … scheduled date for the public unveiling will be April 1, 2015, but you will get a much earlier look at it.
I also talked with my brother Bruce this morning and was absolutely enthralled by his attempt to feed tweety birds in his back yard. He started with a normal bird feeder, but deer, squirrels, crows and ravens have also showed a strong interest in partaking from the buffet that he puts out. Gradually it has become a Fortress Feeder … Bruce did not go for my suggestion for a machine gun on it and terms it a passive aggressive bird feeder … photo to follow a little later this week. It is absolutely awesome and could pass for a maximum security prison … but the tweety birds can still get in and hopefully not impale themselves on the way out. It rocks Bruce!!!
Yesterday I joined the nice folks from the Oak Creek Watershed Council at a retreat/potluck at Eliphante in Cornville. What an awesome place and what great people. I got an invite as they are using one of my photos for the cover of their new book and I’ll provide ordering information as soon as it is available. The website is: http://oakcreekwatershed.org/ ; check it out and please make some donations to them as they are doing a great job in protecting this beautiful watershed. Eliphante is a most unusual and incredible natural art project that has been ongoing for over thirty years and I had no idea it was here. Check out their website at: http://www.eliphante.org/ . Thanks to Marie with the council and to Ryan of Eliphante … it was a treat!
Nearly done with the selection process of photographs for the next salon at the Mary D. Fisher Theater on October 4th , 1:30PM. Hard to pare it down as aerial photography is one of my most prolific bodies of work … make that about 10,000 images. Oh well, the best of the best will appear on the big screen and we will have a discussion about them … what, where, why, meaning and relevance. Hope you will attend this one if you are in town.
Awesome weekend and hope yours was too … and we’re into yet another Monday and another great week. Keep breathing … keep smiling … two of my favorite things :+)
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
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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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