By Ted Grussing
… after I shot the photo of the single bud on the Argentinian Giant Cactus, it bloomed in glorious fashion the very next day and I got some photos of it. The day after that, it closed up and a day or two later it detached from our diminutive A. Giant Cactus and lay on the ground until the winds swept it away. A single day of beauty, giving it all and then gone … we are fortunate, we get more than one day to convey our inner beauty … although some never do, the opportunity is ever present, just seems like some are infused with negativity and that is the only character they display. Still, each new moment is a new opportunity.
With the Southwest well into the normalcy of a draught cycle, it is tough on all the wildlife out there. Arizona Game and Fish has a program to get water out to about 3,000 sites in the state so that life for our friends can continue. You can help, go to: http://www.gameandfishfacts.com/ and make a donation … we do not survive without adequate water and neither do wildlife. Please consider making a donation … enjoy the sight of deer or elk in a field? No water, no deer or elk. Survival is simple and certain things like food and water are essential to life. While you are on the site, check out all the good things Arizona Game and Fish does for wildlife in our state. Bubbling Ponds in Page Spring, where I do a lot of my wildlife shooting is one example … a lot of trout and other fish are raised there and released into stream and lakes throughout the state.
Arizona Game and Fish Department does not receive a single penny from the general tax funds of the state, but 100% of their budget comes from sources such as hunting and fishing licenses and donations: http://www.gameandfishfacts.com/funding . So make a donation, however small, it is appreciated.
Almost time for the morning espresso … time to shut the day down for a while … have a beautiful day as we move into the new week.
… do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and stars;
you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
… with all its sham drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Excerpts from Desiderata
— Max Ehrmann
The easiest way to reach Mr. Grussing is by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.