… I spent a little time going through the photos I took of the redtail hawk family this spring and it was fun remembering the antics of the young red tails as they explored their newfound freedom of flight and some of the photos like the one above brought back memories of the days when I first learned how to ride a bike and taught my girls how to do the same. Although I have never leaped off a cliff in a hang glider, I imagine the feelings going through my mind would have mimicked the young red tail as he contemplated going over the edge of the cliff and flying … I took this shot the day he first fledged (left the nest) and it was awesome watching him teeter around … finally he elected to stay on the cliff for a bit longer.
Another day when I was in my own perch in Glendon’s tram about 150 above the surface, a hooded oriole joined another of the young red tails hawks in a tree on the side of the cliff about 50 feet to my right. There were many other birds, particularly cliff swallows who flew by or entered nests on the cliff wall. It is amazing how abundant the life found on the cliff face is.
Another terrific day of life is now in the books, visits with friends and work on both gemstones and photographs. Yesterday my friend Jim did a series of photos of me faceting a piece of morganite, a member of the beryl family of gemstones … morganite is pink, light green is green beryl, blue is aquamarine, yellow is heliodor and the intense green is emerald … beryl is a beryllium aluminum silicate … see image of me below 🙂
Tomorrow the photos come off the walls and will be hung in the Sedona Renegades Gallery at Hozho for the duration. Friday is … Meet the Artist First Friday of the month … I’ll be there beginning at 5PM on Friday and hope to see you there.
Have a beautiful day … we are here, and life is great … enjoy it each day whilst you have it.
Though I know I shall sometime no more open
my eyes to the night or day,
I am one who looks at the stars when unchained from
the work-bench at nightfall.
They are a sign that I am not ephemeral, not you, nor
you, whoever you are.
The dawn comes and the dark and the sign sparkling
in the brooding night forever and forever.
At Nightfall 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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