By Ted Grussing
It certainly looks like this Coopers Hawk is surveying the fresh meat market that nature serves up daily … like if I kill it, what do I do with that much meat? Can I get it home? He spent a few minutes sizing up the situation and I think he was about to strike (after this shot) when some golfers came rolling up to the then 2nd Tee box, now 11th tee box. I waved and tried to get them to hold up for a few minutes, but they would have none of it … by then the Gopher Snake was totally in the grass and the Coop flew off without making a strike. He might not have made a strike, but he was still pondering the possibility and it would have been fun to watch and record the event. Check those talons out.
All in all a very good day and I’m back deleting photos from the portfolio. This time it will be a little more deliberate and slower as mostly I have “keeper” quality images in the portfolio now. My deletion rate is about 20% this time through which is way lower than the first time through, but it will go up depending on the subject. The aerial shots are where I am thinking I can delete many more, but we shall see.
Dinner at the Hilton with friends tonight and Anthony was playing. Good food, good company and good music. A good finish to the day. Hoping to be in the air on Friday, but that is not firmed up yet.
Have a beautiful day and share a smile or three with those you meet today …
Hold high your head and be an honest man.
May kindness guide your daily steps
And in each deed and thought let Christ’s sweet soul always reflect itself,
And love your fellow men as I love you.
May words unkind and false ne’er pass your lips,
Nor harsh and low ambitions drive you on.
— Max Ehrmann
from Breaking Home Ties
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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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