Monthly Archives: February 2014

Wings

Grace OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

… those of the natural world and those which we create so that we too can join in the experience of being high above the earth and bathe in the freedom of flight. I got this shot of a Heron who really did not want to fly today and can’t say I blame him as it was very windy down at the ponds and he was happy enjoying the sun and waiting for food to swim close to him. I wanted him to fly as he let me get so close to him and I was concerned about not having enough frame to get him in … he did fly and I got this shot (and more).

 

When I got home I had received numerous more photos from Gus on the progress of the Lambada and here is a photo of the right wing sanded, partially base and seal coated and the tape laid out tapering from the root to the tip. The forward side is going to be painted a deep metallic blue; after they finish that they will shoot the white behind it and the two will “butt” up against each other so there is no seam or overlap which could interrupt the laminar flow of air over the wing. In effect it will be a seamless paint job. So two and a half days to shoot the blue metallic design and a red metallic for the spoilers that come out on top of the wing to “spoil” the lift. Then a multiple day process to shoot the rest of the plane and parts … maybe the end of next week or the first part of the week after. Photos of the completed job will be going out :+)

 

Another good day; nothing really accomplished that I intended, but I did spend a lot of time visiting with friends and then a delightful evening with the ISO 100 group which met at our home tonight. Lots of good food, great company and great shots to look at as well.

 

We’re into the weekend again … have a fun … spend time with friends and family … laugh a lot.

 

Cheers  (whoops it is supposed to rain tomorrow and I chose this quote?) Oh well, I will find another excuse.

 

Ted

 

I’ll not bother to reform myself today.

Perhaps tomorrow — if it is raining,

and I must stay indoors, and meditate

on the shortcomings of life.

 

Max Ehrmann

 

A great duet

Anthony and Olivia

… I finally picked up the photos that Craig took at Corky’s memorial service last fall and was delighted that he got numerous photos of our friend Anthony Mazzella and his daughter Olivia who went up to join her dad in celebrating Cork’s life in music. Love the pose and the joy they expressed. Thank you Anthony and Olivia for the joy and smiles and thanks to Craig for getting such great photos for us. It was a terrific service and thanks again to everyone who showed up on short notice for the service.

 

Anthony’s website is: http://anthonymazzella.com/  Anthony will be performing at Soundbites this Friday beginning at 7:30P … I plan on being there; anyone want to join me? Let me know and I’ll get a table reserved.

 

Craig’s website is:  http://www.arizonaphotographytours.com/ and  http://arizonaphotographygallery.com/index.htm . He does some very neat work, does photo tours and more.

 

Another friend Guy Schmickle (also a great photographer) printed the posters that we had at the service and his website is: http://www.explorethelightphotography.com/

 

Today was filled with a lot of projects completed and tomorrow a wrap on one I have been avoiding for more than seven months. Not so bad when I sit down and do it … got a good start tonight and hoping to be done by noon. Really looking forward to having these things done!

 

Time to put a wrap on the day and get the sleep I missed last night … the ISO 100 group is coming over for our monthly get together later tonight and that will be fun.

 

Enjoy and celebrate life each day … and share your joy and smiles whilst you can … a good way to live and be remembered.

 

Cheers

 

Ted

 

 

 

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe no less than the  trees and the 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.

 

Max Ehrmann

Short final

Short final

Short final and short missive tonight as I worked on some projects way too late. I got this Heron down at the ponds late afternoon just as he was coming in to a tree branch for a landing.  Actually I got a bunch of shots in the sequence before this, but he was a long way off and it is tough to track a small object  with a spot focus against a background like this this; off even the slightest and there is no focus … at least of the bird. Akin to taking a shot from a hundred yards with a .22 rifle at a small moving target. With that excuse fresh in your mind, I was happy to end up with two shots out of ten.

 

Another busy day underway … One is pushing the keyboard off the desk as she is saying time to get some rest … espresso in about three and a half hours.

 

Have a terrific day and may your landings be soft and with a smile as you roll it out … the landing, your day, whatever :+)

 

Cheers

Ted

 

 

 

I bring but this one common thought, my life has wrought;

That from the dregs of drear despair, still everywhere

There is a joy I yet may sip – Tis comradeship

With all mankind, the high and low

I know.

 

Max Ehrmann

 

A good start to the week

lunch

 

… finished numerous projects that have been trying to get my attention for months, and late afternoon headed down to Phoenix for dinner with friends I have not seen for a few years.  I guess traffic was heavy going to the original destination in Scottsdale so Melissa, did a search on her iPhone for restaurants in an area close to where we all might be, called me and we ended up with a pretty funky choice, to wit Chino Bandido on N 19th Av in Phoenix which is a restaurant serving combination Chinese/Mexican dishes and the food was really excellent and very different. None of us had ever been there, the ambiance is not exactly what you think of in a restaurant … but it was fun, clean  and once into conversation and great food who really cares. Check it out at: http://chinobandido.com/ .  And in their words you can get “Takee Outee” Too funny! Not far off I-17 so I will be going back.

 

One was happy to see me open the garage door and as always it is good to be home. Winding up a few more projects today including finishing several gemstones I started cutting a long time ago and it is now their time. Other than the old photo project most everything is current and that will progress fitfully until I finish it someday. Time for all the new projects to begin. Put 12 more LED lights in yesterday and another 17 on the way. If you decide to give them a try I would suggest getting bulbs that have a color rating between 2700 and 3200 degrees Kelvin. I have found the Sunsun lights available on http://Newegg.com are good and fairly priced and they have a “65W” flood that is 2700 K,  incandescent bulbs are also 2700K so you will not notice much if any difference except in the electric bill.

 

Have a very good day and I think this Common Black Hawk I shot at the ponds on Sunday is looking for something more basic on the luncheon menu than Chinese/Mexican … still, you never know :+)

 

Share a smile or two and the joy that resides within you.

 

Cheers

 

Ted

 

PS thanks to everyone who told me the last one was a White Breasted Nuthatch … I will let him know the next time we meet … everyone should know who and what they are :+)

 

 

 

…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 made to bloom again.

 

Max Ehrmann

It was

Perky

… a cheery start to the day Saturday morning as I walked down the cart path on the fifth hole and this little creature was making himself known … no idea what it is, but I like it. I’m sure he doesn’t know what name we have given him either, so for now the two of us are in synchronicity … we both are clueless, but we both know we exist and for a few moments we shared the morning and other than his songs, the quiet. I got some really neat shots over the weekend; hawks, ducks, ice coated branches turned to diamonds by backlighting from the sun and a few shots of Iris that are blooming in the middle of February. It was a terrific weekend and also shared with friends. Before leaving for church this morning I had a long and pleasant philosophical conversation with a friend on the meaning of life, what if anything lies beyond our human experience and so on … then it was to church … Bashas … the ponds … home.

 

I could say that I spent an hour watching a game or something on television, but I didn’t … I did take a nap and ruminated on the meaning of all that is and failing to find what I was searching for I slept and it was good. Two months without television now and enjoying the quiet and aloneness that it is now possible to have. One climbed up on my chest and napped with me. We both awoke glad to be here and focused on enjoying the moments we have in the now. A simple thank you for life and all there is in each day.

 

Simple things can have remarkable consequences and I hope you enjoy this video of what the re-introduction of wolves into Yellowstone has done. While we struggle to get things right in the management of nature (we seldom do, but we really try and the intentions are good) given the opportunity and having us get out of the way nature does pretty good all of the time. A fascinating tale: http://www.wimp.com/wolvesrivers/

 

We’re into the new week and Monday is almost 10% gone (where I am) so time to wrap the day, get a few hours sleep so I can once again enjoy the delights of espresso and watch the sun rise.

 

Have a great day, share some smiles and look for beauty wherever you are … it is there

 

Cheers

 

Ted

 

And love in the still of the star-flecked night,

When earth was all strewn with gold,

Has lifted my heart like the chords of song

Oft sung in the worlds of old.

 

Max Ehrmann

 

 

An early dinner

Dinner c

… these Northern Shoveler’s were busy getting an early dinner whilst I watched on down at the ponds. Although dabblers that feed on plant food they also have a highly specialized bill that allows them to skim the waters’ surface and their specialized wide flat bill has lamellae that act like sieves skimming crustaceans and plankton from the waters surface. It was late when I got down there to shoot and since all the creatures were busy preparing for the night I did my best to leave them alone and undisturbed. Then a stop at NY Deli to get a small pizza and dinner in hand it was home and a relaxing evening.

 

Continued our estate cleanup today and nearly done. Before heading down to the ponds I stopped at Greer’s Mortuary to finalize and pay for my own cremation. Really kind of neat to affix your signature to a document authorizing the cremation of your own body :+) and it is good to have that item done. Dare I say a bucket list? Too funny and we make way too much out of a very natural event … we all do it … and until that day I will continue to live and enjoy each moment granted … best to only die once.

 

Another friend told me to be very sure that everything is checked when the plane is put back together; I do that and also insist that whoever put it together does the first flight with me :+) And I do have a rocket actuated ballistic parachute recovery system in the plane … whoops, did I check if that was reassembled correctly? He flies with me.  :+)

 

Anyhow, we are into the weekend and hope that yours will be filled with joy and happiness. We find what we look for, so keep a smile and look for beauty of every kind and share your joy … a smile will do.

 

Back Monday … cheers

 

Ted

 

Whatever else you do or forbear;

Impose upon yourself the task of happiness;

And now and then abandon yourself

To the joy of laughter.

 

Max Ehrmann

 

Wings at rest

Hairy-b Sanding-b

 

… temporarily at least. I shot the two hairy woodpeckers on a walk a couple of mornings ago; they should be very pleased with themselves that their wings are attached and the do not have to suffer the indignity of being dismantled for maintenance and sanded down for repainting. I took the shot of the Lambada in a very dismantled state and still in the midst of sanding gel coat off. Worked out some great trim designs and in about three weeks it will resume the ready to fly state of the woodpeckers and in my once in a while humble opinion it shall be more beautiful. It will be all white again but with a dark metallic blue trim, N numbers and pilot/copilot information and Lambada running up the vertical stabilizer parallel to and behind the stripe and tapering stripes of metallic blue on the leading edges of the wings and horizontal stab. It is settled, the copilot’s name is “Mariah” the alternative was “TBA” in script. Mariah shall also be in script.

 

I had to run multiple errands in West Sedona and Cottonwood on the way down to Wickenburg today so I decided to go over Mingus, through Prescott, the Bradshaw’s and finally take US 93 into Wickenburg. In 1990 when Corky and I first starting coming out from Huntington Beach to Sedona we decided to do the same thing in reverse; I now understand why we never did it again . I had no idea that there were that many 15 and 20 mph turns in the entire state of Arizona let alone on this stretch of road. Still, it was fun and I drove by the field in Peeples Valley that I landed in before I bought the Lambada. I was flying out of Turf Soaring and had headed North towards the canyon and between the time I had gone N and the time I returned the temperature in the valley had dropped thirty degrees and all convection had shut down. The flight computer said I could clear the rock pile at Yarnell by fifty feet … didn’t think that was such a good idea so landed in a very nice alfalfa field that had just been planted about five miles north of Yarnell in Peeples Valley. Steak dinners for everyone who came out to retrieve me.

 

A Walmart run for a few items on the way home, a salad from Wildflower Bakery and home to One who was very pleased to see me.

 

A most excellent day and hope yours was too … that is perhaps the only thing we can control some days … our perception of the day … why determine it was lousy when with a little work you can make it good?

 

Cheers, smiles and soon that wonderful elixir will be brewed and another good day on the way.

 

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.

And as the God of the universe has made thee to bloom in tenderness,

so also may my heart be made to bloom again.

 

Max Ehrmann

 

Incoming

Locked c

 

… and with “gear” down and locked this pair of mallards landed in close formation traveling more than thirty feet per second. They were in as tight a formation on landing as I have ever seen,  but were beautifully synchronized and kept a distance of less than a foot separation from each other. I’ve seen a lot of planes take off and land in close formation, but this is in a class all by itself.

 

Another excellent day now nearing the end, a little sleep, a little espresso and I’ll be back at it … Mostly spent the day doing legal work, cleaning up our estate and stuff like that. A couple of walks in shorts and tee shirt, some neat shots of Iris’ in bloom and  more work. Not sure why we call it work when you enjoy what you are doing. More of the same tomorrow and will likely go down and check the nice job that Gus and his crew are doing on the Lambada and pick out a striping pattern. With any kind of luck I’ll be flying it home within a couple of weeks.

 

Have a terrific day today and share your joy and a few smiles …

 

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.

And as the God of the universe has made thee to bloom in tenderness,

so also may my heart be made to bloom again.

 

Max Ehrmann

 

A day for flying

Tracking c

 

It appears that Gordon was about 200 miles short of his intended destination and I think landed at Casper Wyoming which is still a flight of about 750 miles. He was very high at times (27,000’) and as my friend Paul says they must have had a heck of an oxygen system and heating system to be that high this time of year (no engine to get heat from). Thank you to my Canadian friend Tom for sending me the information and link to the flight, it was fun tracking the flight and visualizing what he was doing real time.

 

On the subject of flight, late afternoon I headed down to the ponds via National Shipping (boxes of stuff going to the kids) and Jay’s Bird Barn to get more seed for the birds. While there was not a lot happening I did get several very cool series of shots of herons and ducks in flight.  I only had to throw five shots away … I was tracking good today. I actually like the pair of mallards coming in the best, but the subject is Herons and their elegance which we are hoping to have grace the Roundabout at Tlaquepaque. They are great fishers and are pretty much along the whole length of Oak Creek … this may have been Reagan’s model :+) Please take the time to vote before noon tomorrow as we will be looking at whichever project wins for a very long time and I enjoy looking at the heron’s. So go to: http://tinyurl.com/Vote4Gate and vote for Reagan’s Open Gates  and perhaps this Heron :+)

 

By switching the most used bulbs in the house to LED I am getting remarkable savings; this month my APS bill is about $60.00 less than before. This will give me an excellent return on investment and total recoupment of expense in about seven months and thereafter the savings role in. Another dozen arrived today :+)

 

 

Hope your day was fun and filled with laughter … this one is off to a good start too.

 

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.

And as the God of the universe has made thee to bloom in tenderness,

so also may my heart be made to bloom again.

 

Max Ehrmann

 

Two things to do

Open Gate

One: Follow a record attempt by Gordon Boettger flying a Duo Discus Sailplane (2 place tandem) from Minden, Nevada to Rapid City,. South Dakota a distance of nearly a thousand miles. Currently he is about 200 miles into the flight and you can track his progress at: https://share.delorme.com/GordonBoettger . Click on the blue dots to see his altitude and speed. Remember, this is a sailplane, no engine … pretty exciting stuff and he is dependent totally on atmospheric conditions and his skills to make the flight.

 

Two: We are going to be looking at the winner of the Roundabout competition for many years. This is a rendering of Reagan Words entry; open and elegant so if you have not already voted, please do so at: https://www.sedonaaz.gov/sedonacms/index.aspx?recordid=102&page=502 and you can make comments in the address block if you wish.  Comments close Tuesday at noon. You can see the other two entries at: VIEW ENTRIES  and make your choice known.

 

 

Thanks and have a terrific day … mine is going unbelievably well and behind schedule as usual … still, what a day it is.

 

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