Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography: A Massive Bird

... what a treat it was to find a pod of White Pelicans on Lake Roosevelt last week ... they are massive with average weights in the 15 to 20 pound range and 30 pounds is not uncommon. Wing spans can reach 10 feet, so when looking at the photo above, from wing tip to wingtip is about two thirds of the length of my boat (14'). They take off with both webbed feet pushing off at the same time as they head down the watery runway, reaching for the sky and they are excellent soaring machines too!

Below is the rest of the story or perhaps the rest of the bird ... an Osprey just taking off from some small branches and heading out over the lake ... those are the feet that I featured last night. Ospreys have wingspans in the five to six foot range ... wonderful creatures!

I'm not having great luck with espresso machines ... the first one was DOA and now the second one is going back ... must have been a previous return as parts missing and nothing works like it is supposed to. Third one ( a substantial upgrade from these two) will arrive on Thursday.

Terrific day today with lots accomplished and a late lunch with friends who flew in to Sedona for a short visit. Talked to Russ a few days ago and I'm thinking about getting current again ... more aerial shots I want in the portfolio. If you would ever like to learn to fly, Russ is your go to guy at Sky King Soaring in Payson Arizona.

Another chance to get it all right tomorrow ... have a beautiful day and share the joy you find in life ... lots of it to go around.



I yield myself to the thousand enchantments of sky and field and wood, and play again like a child on the soft green of the earth. And as the God of the universe has made thee to bloom in tenderness, so also may my heart be softened, and the gardens of my life be made to bloom again.

excepts from A Prayer Of Summer, by 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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