What a difference

… twenty four hours can make, I have been continually trying to not limp today as eight months of constant hip pain has conditioned me to do so, crutches dispensed with and a new sensation of not hurting as I walk … YES!!! I can handle that. Still not perfect, but the good Dr. O’Donnell said the injection would take a week to take full effect. Looking forward to going for walks again and finding life a little easier to live. I got a minor fracture in my hip over Christmas last year and true to my personality, I did not seek medical help, did nothing to help the healing (didn’t know I had fractured it) and kept going until in April it was so bad I had to do so. Because of the fracture not healed it was determined that a delay in injection would be a good idea so the period of crutches et al was underway with instructions to take it easy and allow it to heal … not my style so it took a while and yesterday’s injection looks like all will be well. Supposed to take it a little easy and now with a reference point of none to minimal pain I may actually slow down for a few days … naw, that is not me.

 

Funny, I got an email from a friend wondering what I was doing sending an email out at 4AM … I replied that I did so, so that I could go to bed which I did at 5AM. 7:30AM it was back up and a promise to myself that I would end up there again before 2AM and it looks like I will make it. Off to Phoenix and Scottsdale tomorrow afternoon to take care of some business and then home, dinner at Famous Wok in Anthem Outlets … 2 orders of steamed vegetables and 1 of Bourbon Chicken.

Friday the plan is to explore Willow Lake in the afternoon … electric only motor on the lake so we’ll see how long that will run. Sometime in the next few days it will be a return to the sky so I can get some more shots like this one. I shot it from about a thousand feet above the ground which was low enough for me to get the effects of erosion with high detail showing; higher and it would have flattened out and not look that great, but down here you can see the erosion lines as the area drains towards Oak Creek and the Verde River. On the upper right side of the image you can see the city of Cottonwood, straight ahead about a third from the top is Page Springs and above and the right of that is Cornville. The view is looking to the ESE of where I am near Black Mountain. Wow, it would be great if I could pull over to a cloud, get out and just sit there for an hour or so while taking in the beauty, but such is not the nature of fixed wing aircraft, like sharks, gotta keep moving.

Well, this is it for the week … have a very good day, be safe and smile, we are blessed.

 

Back Monday morning … Cheers

Ted

 

Though changed as are my songs from youth,

A voice within my heart still sings,

Live thou in tenderness and truth,

And love mankind instead of things.

 

Max Ehrmann

OMG

… I got my head into a major project, have abandoned wrist watches, and just realized it is going to be close to 4AM before I get the email out for the night.

So a very quick perusal of shots from Monday on Watson Lake and a Cormorant who seemed to be leading the symphony of nature’s music … wind, waves slapping the side of “Knot Yacht” and the sensation of being wrapped in a breezy blanket of wind. Cormorants do not have the natural oils on their feathers such as ducks and other waterfowl so when they are perched they extend their wings to dry them in the air. I like the concept that he is directing all of the natural forces though and I’ll stick with that.

After we had explored all the rocky areas of the lake we powered upwind to the open end of the lake, turned the motor off and drifted downwind for about half an hour; I positioned us so that the 20 kt wind and waves would take us pretty much through the middle of the lake … beautiful sounds and sensations and utterly peaceful. I am in love with the water again and also have my quiet seat and wings in the firmament and the ability to shoot from the ground … nowhere I cannot go in search of beauty now.

Have a terrific day, we find what we search for, so make it beauty and friendship and love … what a life we have!

Maybe that is one of my kids preaching the benefits of sleep to me?  Good morning Jogi, Good morning Dick :+)

Smiles

Ted

The green of all the fields is mine, the stars, the night, the wind at play,

A peaceful heart, while quietly

I go my way

 

Max Ehrmann

2 leaps 1 miss

… a few days ago I was enjoying watching One in full predator mode … nothing was safe! In this sequence of shots there is a grasshopper on top of the barbeque and if you look closely you can see the grasshopper beginning a leap to avoid the rapidly approaching predator named One … the second shot taken 1/12th of a second later shows One cresting the ledge and reaching for the grasshopper and also the grasshopper happily making its  escape flying up and to the right with wings fully spread and going on to perhaps a gourmet food company where he can be canned and presented to us via Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/Newport-Jerky-Company-Edible-Grasshoppers/dp/B01D9452U6/ref=sr_1_5_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1502783626&sr=8-5&keywords=chocolate%2Bcovered%2Bgrasshoppers&th=1  … DOUBLE DARE YOU :+)

One will never have to know what happened to her lost meal.

A nice day, breakfast at Wildflower, an afternoon on Watson Lake in high winds and dinner out … must confess that it took a long time to start the new Mercury outboard; I was envisioning a trip to the service shop when my friend asked if I had turned on the engine … whoops, there is a run/off switch and it was in the off position … bleep!

Recently I’ve had a number of people ask me when and why I started this daily missive, blog or whatever you want to call it. Around 2003, Mary Matalin wrote a book titled “Letters to My Daughters”, which our daughter Susan read and she decided to send an email every day to Corky letting her know what transpired in her day … and she did. I then took the idea and decided to send an email out to friends and family to share some of my thoughts and photographs; I started with perhaps 50 or so people on the list and over the years it has grown to something over 2,000 on the daily list, plus forwards, plus reads on www.sedona.biz , https://www.verdenews.com/news/features/blogs/sedona-pathwaysour-daily-journal/ , www.tedandcorky.com/wordpress1/ and photos at https://www.gatewaytosedona.com/sedona-arizona-information/sedona-photo-gallery/aerial-sedona-photos . So no idea how many actually get/view it every day, but likely something north of 3,000.

As it grew, I bought a subscription to Constant Contacts so that I could get them out in a reasonable time frame. My email server (Network Solutions) has a limit on how many I can send out before they shut me down and that began happening almost weekly. I think it was no more than 100 email addresses per email, no more than 1000 per hour and by January of 2014 I had about 30 separate lists and it was nightmarish trying to keep lists updated and actually find someone. Most of the list is now on Constant Contacts and it is a quick way to get everything out and not get blocked as spam by most servers. Also it is an autonomous list in that people can update their own email addresses, unsubscribe or subscribe without intervention by me. The story of my affinity to the writings of Max Ehrmann is a story for another night.

Have a beautiful day and enjoy the gifts that surround you daily and smile. If you enjoy these emails please share them with others as that is their sole purpose and if you know someone who would like to sign up for these emails, they can do so at: http://tinyurl.com/TedsEmailList

Cheers

Ted

 

Give me a few friends who will love me for what I am;

and keep ever burning before my vagrant steps the kindly light of hope.

And though age and infirmity overtake me,  and I come not within

sight of the castle of my dreams, teach me still to be thankful for life;

and for time’s olden memories that are good and sweet; and may

the evenings twilight find me gentle still.

 

Max Ehrmann

the journey

… I had a wonderful time in San Diego this weekend and made the trip home Saturday afternoon. After crossing back into Arizona late afternoon I could see the clouds building and lightning beginning to flash all along the northern part of I-10. I made my usual turn onto US 60, heading along a sparsely traveled road into mounting storm clouds. Before Hope, the sky opened up and I was in one the heaviest downpours I have been in for quite a while. The desert gave the appearance of a shallow lake and my windshield wipers were not keeping up with the rain … then a magnificent rainbow appeared … out came my trusty Samsung Galaxy S-5 and here is the view at about 50 mph between wiper strokes.

 

 

We attended part of the RAAD Fest 2017 (Revolution Against Aging and Death) and it was okay; a lot of people driven by a desire to live forever or at least hundreds of years and individuals and companies with products and methods to help them achieve that goal. Mine is a very simple goal; I simply want to live today and enjoy each moment whilst I have it … I’ll let others worry about forever, today works for me, as did the two chocolate shakes I had at Carl’s Jr. on the way home. It was great to spend time with close friends and that was even better than the two chocolate shakes.

A wonderful week lining up and hope you find the time to enjoy being here and the company of those you share the day with.

Cheers

Ted

 

I am the dawn, the whisper of winds, the perfume of morning.

The passing night fondled me, hovering close to me, softly, silently.

The breaking day builds the spirit temple of my joy, I abandon myself!

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

Looking good

I actually got six hours sleep last night and didn’t wake up till 7AM … quick cup of espresso and out the door for the airport and by 8AM I was rolling down R21 at Sedona Airport. The overall air quality was pretty sketchy so close up work was going to be the order of the day and 20 minutes later I was cruising the peaks. I took this shot of a group of hikers at the top of Humphreys Peak enjoying the reward and views after making it to the top. Probably a fun hike, but I kinda like my way of getting there. In the foreground you have the uppermost hundred or so feet of the peak which is 12,633’ msl. There are ten hikers scattered over the top and more on the trail to the right of the summit. Over the top you are looking down into the inner basin/caldera of the peaks … especially wonderful to see are all the thick groves of aspen that in a mere 6 to 8 weeks or so will be turning brilliant yellows and golds and I will be flying down in there shooting them. Off the left side of the photo and way down there is Lockett Meadows and the road near the top of the image is SR 89 which heads north (left) to Page and Lake Powell. Sunset Crater is above and to the left of this image as well as many other volcanic cinder cones. It’s a neat place to be.

This is it for the week and I’ll be back Monday morning. Have a beautiful rest of the week and share your joy … smile and make someone’s day … it will make yours too.

Cheers

Ted

 

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

Comfort vs reality

One was directing my work on a photo from yesterday and she spotted a nice place to take a nap and to observe and look for prey. Reality she determined would have to bend to accommodate her need for creature comforts and thus she directed that the image would be rotated 90 degrees in order to provide her with a comfortable perch from which to observe the world … and I agree with her … makes sense. Please note the many faces in the column … some inverted and some not. Their facial expressions are forever etched in stone, so to speak, but we still have a choice and a smile would be a better way to remain frozen for eternity methinks … choose wisely.

A very quiet day and I nearly finished “Legacy”, what a wonderful book. One had close to a two hour outing and then in; I went for a ride on the Zuma II for about an hour at the end of the day and enjoyed the fresh air; it was amazing traversing from sunlight and warmth to the shadows and a cool air. The rocks were beautiful and I rode down Verde Valley School Road to Oak Creek. No camera, sometimes it is best just to observe and take it all in without thinking about composition, lighting and all … I still seem to do it mentally, but store the image in my mind and perhaps someday I’ll shoot it.

Have a beautiful day on this most beautiful little planet … and share the joy you find on your journey.

Smiling

Ted

 

The green of all the fields is mine, the stars, the night, the wind at play,

A peaceful heart, while quietly

I go my way

 

Max Ehrmann

Things that go bump

… night or day … a couple of nights ago the alarm system went off and woke me from a deep sleep … .357 mag in hand I checked the house out and nada, the system had simply temporarily lost connectivity with the server and thought it should wake me … I should learn the codes that are displayed. Today as Jim and I were touring neat spots on Watson Lake, things went bump and we were stuck on a slightly submerged rock, we both got in the back and rocked it off. The lake is way up from a couple of weeks ago and none of the obstructions in the lake are marked and many lurk just below the surface; a very good reason to adhere to the no wake rules on the lake. The Mercury outboard went bump on another rock and the Minn-Kota electric engine also went bump on yet a third rock. It was worth it and no real damage. Very much like cruising in electric mode as it is silent and easy to sneak up on wildlife.

Wondering if this rock formation could be a potential candidate for a new Thistledown  space ship … it could be 😊

Cabela’s put the side rails on the boat trailer this morning and what a difference in retrieving the boat; just locks it in place the first time. Sweet!

Time to wrap the day … hope your day was a good one … if you’re reading this you must still be breathing and that makes everything else so simple.

Cheers

Ted

 

And in this journey over a thousand hills and valleys called life, he is wisest who

is patient where the way is hard, has faith when he does not understand, and carries

into the dark places the light of a cheerful heart.

 

Max Ehrmann

Long gone

… the New Horizon Spacecraft which was launched January 19th 2006 did a very close fly by and mapping mission of Pluto some three billion miles from Earth in July of 2015 which you can view at: https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap170731.html . Strongly recommend this view, only about two minutes, but Pluto is out there now and this is what it looked like two years ago.

Traveling at close to 36,000 mph. it took nine years to get there and its next mission is an object in the Kuiper Belt sometime in 2019 and I think it will then begin the exit from the solar system too. One of the closest potential planets that may support our type of life form is about sixteen light years from earth; doesn’t sound too far away, but traveling at 36,000 miles per hour, it will take 298,048 years to get there … definitely need to move a little faster. It will be possible someday and then perhaps the tale told in the trilogy by Greg Bear will become a reality. Re-reading Legacy, Eon and Eternity and enjoying them as much as the several reads that antedate the current read.

Meanwhile, back on earth and specifically in the Sedona/Verde Valley area, I took this shot of Robbers Roost Rock which is situated near the SE base of Casner Mountain which rises above the rock behind it in this image. There is a switchback road you can see above the rock going to the top of the mountain and the gap between Casner Mountain and Black Mountain is in the upper left portion of the photo and you have a view into Sycamore Canyon and beyond. Just below the top about a third from the right side of the rock there is a cave from which some beautiful photos have been taken. I prefer my method of access :+) You can get the history of Robbers Roost and some photos in a great article in Sedona Monthly at: http://www.sedonamonthly.com/2015/03/hike-sedona-robbers-roost/  .

Another week underway … major infusion of espresso in about five hours and then down to Cabela’s in Glendale to have some side guides put on the boat trailer, then a stop at Watson Lake on the way home (kinda on the way) and see if we can get some more neat shots. Have a beautiful day … keep breathing … life is good as are most people. Sixteen light years just sounds so close, especially when you consider our galaxy the Milky Way is about 100,000 light years in diameter …

Cheers

Ted

 

…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.

 

Max Ehrmann

From the depths

… a water skier on what appears to be a slalom ski was emerging from the lake … yes he really is in there and he did make it up and was soon racing down the lake in pursuit of pure fun. Brought back a lot of memories of when we used to do all of that. We got shots of Osprey, Cormorants, and Crows, people and scenery; we explored the lake and found areas that need to be revisited. Lake Mary was beautiful, full and a very pleasant temperature. I bought a season pass for this lake too, so for sure will be back up there.

There are no limits on the size of motors on the lake and doing a mere 15mph was relaxing, but found me looking for more. Kinda like flying a high performance sailplane and then moving into a moderate performance ship … so now I’m thinking alternative engine for larger bodies of water … the joys of boats and planes :+)

I have a lot to learn in shooting from the water and need to work on my skill set; I took 641 shots and have deleted 602 shots. Yikes! Oh well, it is good to be challenged and there is the next time. A friend sent me a very cool video of a Canada Goose that was raised by a guy and it is now part of the family … I like stories like this and it is definitely a story you will enjoy: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B61JCBzjj5GvQ2JBdE9oa1hBWGs1NG13RWdnWWgzbjhDYXk0/view

Have a beautiful day … two more days until the AC parts arrive … think I’ll head back to Flagstaff and relish the cooler weather. This a wrap for the week and I’ll be back Monday morning … August already … wow!

Cheers

Ted

 

May I not forget that poverty and riches are of the spirit.

Though the world knows me not, may my thoughts and actions

be such as shall keep me friendly with myself.

 

Max Ehrmann

 

Every day

… somewhere … there are Cormorants and other waterfall blasting down a watery runway reaching for the sky … eagles and other birds of prey circling overhead looking for prey and prey hoping to avoid being the daily meal for the predators and nature is working as it is meant to do … and then there is us and we know better than nature how things should operate and we continue century after century to display our incredible knowledge, or lack thereof, but for sure, we know better than nature how she is meant to operate … just ask our experts.

… NASA’s Voyager Spacecraft are traveling further and further from earth. Voyager One has now escaped the solar system and at about thirteen billion miles from earth is now in interstellar space and daily sending data back to earth. Voyager Two is about eleven billion miles from earth and will soon be in interstellar space also. The spacecraft are traveling at about 30,000 miles per hour and have been doing so for about forty years … they are expected to go silent in about 15 years, but likely will survive for billions of years and they contain records of earth such as we knew in the 1970’s … they will orbit the center of the Milky Way galaxy about once every 225 million years.  https://www.nasa.gov/voyager

… we will be here until we are not, so enjoy the day and extend a modicum of kindness to those you meet each day.

Cheers

Ted

 

I tell you that you and I and the commonest person are all journeying the same way,

hemmed in by the same narrow path, leading to the eternal years.

            We pride ourselves over our particular superiority; but really there is little difference

between us.

            And in this journey over the thousand hills and valleys called life; he is wisest who

Is patient where the way is hard, has faith when he does not understand, and carries

Into the dark places the light of a cheerful heart.

 

Max Ehrmann