… another beautiful winter day in Sedona, and I’ve been sifting through aerial shots that I have taken and finding many new ones that I like a lot … like the photo above taken over the Colorado Plateau and looking north. The photo was taken just 29 minutes before sunset and the light was filtered through a lot of the atmosphere before getting here … colors were softened and the scene was done in pastels. I was a few miles south of A1 Crater, a famous landmark located just left of center where shadow and light meet. A1 steak sauce was concocted in the cookhouse for the A1 ranch. The San Francisco Peaks are on the right and near the left side is Kendrick Peak … many other volcanic cones are visible.
The photo below was taken late another day … it was overcast and I had given up on the sun breaking through the clouds and illuminating the peaks and the beautiful fall colors. I looked over my shoulder and there it was, a small hole in the cloud cover put a spotlight on A1 Crater and it cast a perfect shadow.
That’s it for the week and the plan is to be back Monday morning … using the same poem of Max Ehrmann tonight as it has a beautiful message. Have fun, enjoy life and be kind.
If you have spoken something beautiful,
Or touched the dead canvas to life,
Or made the cold dead stone to speak—
You who know the secret heart of beauty;
If you have done one thing
That has made gentler the churlish world,
Though mankind pass you by,
And feed and clothe you grudgingly—
Though the world starve you,
And God answer not your nightly prayers,
And you grow old hungering still at heart,
And lie down at last forgotten—
If all this befall you who have created beauty,
You shall still leave a bequest to the world
Greater than institutions and rules and commerce;
And by the immutable law of the human heart
The God of the universe is your debtor,
If you have made gentler the churlish world.
If You Have Made Gentler The Churlish World by Max Ehrmann
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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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