By Ted Grussing
… it seems that every time I go down to the lake one creature stands out and offers a series of great shots that stand out more than the others and today it was a pair of Bald Eagles, likely a mating pair, who were hunting one of the bays on the NE end of the lake. They would perch in the shade on the side of a rock cliff surveying the quiet waters of the bay looking for fish and then swoop low across the water, circle and land back on the side of the cliff. I got this shot as he was dropping down to lake level from his perch … neither eagle scored whilst we were in the area, and actually left after a while and perched at the top of a ridge line about a half mile away, in the shade under a Palo Verde tree … and we got a few photos of that and the size in those pictures give you an appreciation for just how large these eagles really are … and they mate for life like many other species.
Many other fine photos of other critters too, but they can wait for another evening. I have absolutely fallen in love with this lake and the drive down there is a very natural thing. I get off I-17 at New River Road which I take to Carefree Highway … New River Road dead ends into Carefree Highway right at Pleasant Valley Airport, which is where Turf Soaring used to be. It is where I learned to fly and for the first ten years of my soaring career where I did most of my flying out of and I used to make the drive down there three or more days a week. So as one friend suggested, I have traded the sky for the lake and the new adventures I find there … methinks she is right and I have the same enthusiasm and zest for it as I did soaring. One chapter ends and another begins 🙂
Have a beautiful day today … keep breathing and smiling … life is so full of beauty … look for it and live it.
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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.