By Ted Grussing
Late in the afternoon, long after the sun has left the ponds in deep shadow, the golden hills and blue of the sky reflect in the water and create a work of art that needs only a winged artist to put the finishing touches to the watery canvas … and so it was that a Widgeon landed and created the proper splash to capture the blue of the sky in the wild water flying outward from the rude intrusion on the surface painted by the hills. It’s that time of year again and if you want to try getting images like this give it a go.
Roger and I had a terrific flight this morning and after a quick look at West Fork we headed WSW as we traced what we thought was the river bed of the Verde River; this is something Cork and I did about four years ago and it is pretty challenging to get it back to the source. The source is up a long and relatively wide canyon on the NW end of the Bradshaw mountains and there are some beautiful ranches up there and the narrow washes for the upper part of the Verde River cut through their land. Photos will follow for this flight too … soon I think unless my next shot is better … I always think it will be.
More burns underway and the air quality deteriorated throughout the day. Slash piles are the target this week … if ever there is material that could be disposed of without fire you would think that these would be prime candidates. One location, concentrated and chippers would work … let someone else come in and do it … Burning is cheaper on the USFS budget to be sure, but what is the cost in the present and in the future of the damage to lungs of children? Of young people? Of adults? Of Seniors? My friend Ron has indicated that he will be providing me with information on how much and what pollutants are put into the air from the various types of burns and I think that is a good thing. Look at the information that manufacturers of cigarettes and food companies have to put on the packing of their products because of the harm or potential harm they cause … seems fair that the USFS also provides us with specific information about what and how much they are putting into the air that we breathe … then we can choose to breathe it or not :+)
Have a beautiful day today … work on photos and a few projects for friends to be finished today … smile and share your joy.
A bird flies through the sky, and I fly with it. I am each pearl of moisture sparkling in the sun.
I lie lazy on the clouds. And I acknowledge my kinship with each winged thing.
I see all as one, and nothing repels me, as this new day climbs noiselessly out of the valley of the night.
Peace lies over the world and over the world of my soul.
— 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.