By Ted Grussing
… come in many forms … for me it was a bit of an eye opener when I discovered why my “lattes” taste so much better than the ones that I buy out … favorite in Sedona is from Wildflower Bakery and in Flagstaff at Brandy’s. First, I always thought a shot of espresso was 1.5 ounces, but it is only 1 ounce … a latte is primarily steamed milk and frothed milk, so in a 16 ounce latte you will typically have 2 ounces of espresso and the balance steamed and frothed milk; a cappuccino is one third each espresso, steamed milk and frothed milk; my wonderful concoctions in the morning consist of 12 ounces of espresso, 2 ounces of steamed milk and another 2 ounces of frothed milk. No wonder my home roasted and brewed drinks get the day off to such a good start … on average I start each day with 18 shots of espresso which is what I had again this morning … that will keep things going at light speed … and then there are more than a few mornings when I get things going with 24 shots of espresso … that will be tomorrow morning … WOWZER!!!
I spent a good part of the day working on photos for a book that is going to be published featuring the San Francisco Peaks and this is one of the overview shots that I like a lot. I took the shot the last day of September in 2013, a time when life was upside down and the solace of the sky was a refuge and eternity contemplated.
I took this shot from about 15,000’ ENE of the SF Peaks looking to the WSW. In the foreground is the Inner Basin of the peaks and from the left going around the caldera you have Doyle, Fremont, Agassiz, Humphreys, Aubineau and Rees … at least I’m pretty sure that is correct. The little white speck in the upper left quadrant is the Naval Observatory, to the right and down a little, A1 Peak, above Agassiz Peak is Camp Navajo, Arizona National Guard facility. The mountain above Humphreys Peak is Bill Williams Mountain and to the right and closer in is Sitgreaves Mountain. Bill Williams Mountain is generally recognized as the first volcano in the San Francisco Volcanic Field. On the upper left side of the image the first smokey valley is the Verde Valley with Mingus Mountain on the far side; beyond it the Prescott Valley and the distant mountain range are the Bradshaw Mountains … Paulden and the Chino Valley are center and right in front of the Bradshaw’s.
So it is Monday and another week has begun … methinks it shall be a very good week and that is the plan … some flying and now resuming the boating too. Lots of time with friends and projects that have been long delayed may continue their status as further delayed … or perhaps not. I make a lot of plans for future days, but the one I find myself in kinda takes control and sometimes other things just seem more important than what I had planned … especially when the chance to spend time with friends and family are possible.
Have a beautiful day, smile and keep breathing … all else follows rather naturally.
I go out into the night and stretch forth my arms, as
if to embrace one I love …the solace of the stars is sweet, and the stillness has a voice I understand
— 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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