By Ted Grussing
… out from home … KSEZ, Sedona Airport is right above my nose on the trip back from the north and nearing the end of a 30-mile sled ride from 16,500’ and 34F temps to a rest at 4827’ and about 85F, back at my shade … but first another 4,000’ to shed as I fly by the airport on the right side, make a left and another left and land on Rwy 3, coming back in the opposite direction I am currently flying. Think I’ll do it again in the morning and maybe see if I can go under 32F another thousand feet higher. The only problem about flying that high is that with all the smoke and haze in the air you get very lousy photos that you cannot bring back by dehazing them and even the peaks look a little insignificant. Kinda like looking down when you are flying commercial flights which are about twice as high … little definition.
The airport is above the nose and to the right of it is West Sedona and above that just above the right propeller blade is uptown. The Y where SR179 and SR89 meet is immediately above the nose and to the left of the airport is Hillside and the chapel area. Cathedral Rock is also left of the airport and the village is on the left side of the image. Thunder Mountain is on the far right partially dissected by the propeller blade and beyond the airport is the Verde Valley; Cottonwood is at the base of Mingus Mountain on the right portion and Camp Verde on the left side of the photo at mountain base. Beyond Mingus is the Prescott Valley and rising up on the far side of that valley are the Bradshaw Mountains. My canopy has a slight green tint and that is hard to correct for, plus there are reflections in the canopy, so this photo is less than a beautiful print and more to share with you the view I have coming back.
It was nice to return to a cool house and with the air conditioner having turned itself off because it had cooled the house down and didn’t need to be running. Dump those wonderful and expensive air flow blocking 3M pleated filters and put the cheap 30-day Ace filters in … anxious to see how much lower my electric bill will be too.
At 7:46 AM the treadmill found its new owner and tomorrow it will be on the way to its new home. I got it folded up and wrestled it out of the man cave to the garage, but that is another story … I’ll ask for help with that next time too … not.
Always have a wonderful today and look for beauty that you can share with others … there is a great deal of it to be found.
Whatever else you do or forbear;
Impose upon yourself the task of happiness;
And now and then abandon yourself
To the joy of laughter.
— 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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