… a couple of shots from up on the plateau tonight … the photo above iis a line up at the San Francisco Peaks with Humphreys Peak in the foreground topping out at 12,637 ft MSL and the highest point in the state of Arizona and running up the left side of the photo is Aubineau and then Rees Peek …. these form the north side of the caldera/inner basin and on the upper right side of the photo is Doyle Peak (on the maps as Shultz) and it is the lowest peak on the south side of the caldera/inner basin. the peaks are the remnants of a stratovolcano which began erupting about 1,800,000 years ago building a mountain that is thought to be about 16,000 feet high … the last eruption about 400,000 years ago blew the top thousands of feet off in a manner similar to Mt. St. Helens in the state of Washington. Here the inner basin is filled with clouds spilling out to the east over Lockett Meadow and down over US 89 and out to Sunset Crater and the Painted Desert.
Below is a photo looking from NE to SW from Grand Falls over the Painted Desert up to and beyond the San Francisco Peaks. Roden Crater, the art project of James Turrell is in the foreground and near the peaks you can see Sunset Crater, O’Leary Peak, Kendrick on the horizon right and of course the unique weather and cloud patterns generated by the peaks.
I always felt like I was at home when I was flying … sailplanes were simply an extension of my body and I fit in it like a glove … the motorglider was almost the same, but a little more room for a passenger … Corky felt at home up there too and disabilities disappeared … home and at one with all that is.
The show at the Mary D. Fisher Theater went very well last night and a good time was had by all … Devin brought her Golden Eagle out at the end of the show and wow, it is an incredible creature!
Valentines Day is coming up next week and if you’re in the mood for tying the knot, a good friend of mine can help you out … Tom owns and operates a wonderful business, Sedona Wedding Officiants . Check him out and I know you will enjoy his services on that special day.
If you are wondering what you should do on May Day (May 1, 2024,) come spend an afternoon with me at the Mary D. Fisher Theater at 4PM … this will be in the small theater and only seats 43 people. I will be presenting the finest of my photographic art and will have prints there for sale. More details as we get closer.
Into the weekend for me … love this incredible storm that is sweeping through the area. Smile and keep breathing … life is such a sweet gift that we get to enjoy each and every day we are here … seek joy!
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you
conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors
and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep
peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery
and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
excerpt from Desiderata by Max Ehrmann
The easiest way to reach Mr. Grussing is by email: email@example.com
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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