Monthly Archives: February 2015

The only one

 

Painting the sky

… I have today … driving down from the airport I saw this gorgeous sunset and had to pull over and grab it. I love sharp detail in clouds and especially at sunset … got it!

A really neat and funky day with much study of tech manuals regarding the IEFIS and after the morning routines and leaving a home spotlessly clean compliments of my crew from Merry Maids it was up to the airport for further calibration and learning. No flying today, but close to two hours sitting in the cockpit setting up different functions and spending time learning how to operate the equipment. It was very cool and a good wind blowing so it was nice to just sit with the canopy closed and learn.

The next season of House of Cards is back on Netflix … yay!!!

Have a terrific weekend … enjoy, smile and share the joy that makes you, you!

Cheers

Ted

At nightfall…though I know I shall sometime no more

Open my eyes to the light or day, I am one who looks at stars when

Unchained from the work-bench at Nightfall.

They are a sign that I am not ephemeral,

Not you, nor you, whoever you are.

The dawn comes and the dark and the sign sparkling in the brooding night,

Forever and forever.

Max Ehrmann

About 12M

mists

… last night I put my feet up on the desk to take a ten minute rest … at 1:30AM I awoke, decided everyone would understand and went to bed. The intentions were good, but the compulsion to sleep were stronger. So, I’ll send another out tomorrow evening and then take the weekend break.

It was really a terrific day and a lot of study on the new flight computer, up to the airport and some hands on work and calibration of various functions … and shoot, some of them required the aircraft to be in flight so reluctantly I pulled Mariah out of the shade, hopped in and took to the sky. It was definitely not a day to go north as the virga and low clouds did not provide all that much of an envelope between ground and cloud base to fly in. Better out to the SW where I took this shot, but still iffy.

I was over the SE corner of Black Mountain which is NW of Cottonwood when I took this shot. A little sun was peeking through and lit up some of the rocks in Sycamore Canyon. Horizon, left of Center is Bill Williams Mountain and the city of Williams just to the right and beyond the mountain. The little lake in the foreground sits on top of Black Mountain. Anyhow, it was fun and I did get to have some fun. Looks like no flying until the end of next week with weather moving in and then it is down to Falcon Field and have the nav lights and strobes installed.

The ISO 100 group got together tonight and shared some remarkable photos. It was good!

 

Have a beautiful day , smile and share your joy

 

Ted

 

Hold high your head and be an honest man.

May kindness guide your daily steps

And in each deed and thought let Christ’s sweet soul always reflect itself,

And love your fellow men as I love you.

May words unkind and false ne’er pass your lips,

Nor harsh and low ambitions drive you on.

 

Max Ehrmann

from Breaking Home Ties

Dreams do come true

For real

Today was … well … it was a very good day. Studied manuals on the new iEFIS unit this morning, got some emails done, calisthenics. Weights, treadmill and a walk. Breakfast at noon and then off for an adventure at the good Dr. Bill’s.  About four hours in the chair looking out at the beautiful red rocks and a sky that started off filled with rain and snow up canyon and then as the hours went by the clouds began cycling out of existence and I knew what was coming after David was done with me. I had the better of the afternoons … I got to take short naps, dream about what the sky would be like late afternoon … David had this patient he was busy working on who occasionally found his work so interesting that he dozed off … and he and staff were very busy working … on me.  

It is also kind of a memorable event in that the teeth he was working on will likely never need to be worked on again … kind of a neat feeling! :+) Having spent a lot of time in dental chairs over the years it is well, nice to know that at least these are done … reminds me of how my Dad took delight in his afternoon cocktail on the balcony in Minnesota while undergoing chemo for a pretty advanced cancer … he would let the mosquitos bite him and then as the chemo laden blood was ingested by the mosquito it would fall over dead! Funny … Dad thought so too … his revenge for being a target and supplier of sustenance to them for so many years. :+) No revenge here, but a satisfaction knowing that with the high quality work that David does he and I are both done with those … promise I won’t go to sleep with chocolate melting in my mouth again David … even though there are studies showing chocolate is good for the teeth … David and I know better than that :+) http://www.sedonadentalarts.com/  

So with a mouth that wasn’t sure it even existed, I headed across the street and up Airport Road, visited with a friend whilst I got Mariah out and ready to fly. Winds were moving pretty good a few thousand feet up and hoped that wouldn’t affect the inflight calibration of the compass in the iEFIS which I planned on doing on this short flight before sunset. To calibrate it you initiate the program  and then fly rather erratically doing lazy 8’s, 360’s, various bank and pitch angles and after a few minutes you get the report … 99.2% accuracy for mine and this was confirmed when I landed on rwy 3 (actually 032 on the compass rose) and heading straight down the center line it read 032.  Love the new MGL Avionics instruments. My flying during the calibration appeared so normal that another pilot called me on the radio and asked if I was okay. Fun! 

A few more functions and sensors to calibrate, but it is going well. Then it is back to Performance One for installation of the nav lights, and the traffic transceiver, hooking that and the radio into the iEFIS and I’ll have one of the neatest and most functional panels you can put in an aircraft like this. Joe Kulbeth who distributes the new Sundancer (new name for the Lambada) is putting this glass panel in all new ships he is importing for sale in this country … he is a good guy to boot. Any interest? Check his website out at: http://www.airusa.us/home.html . 

Because I currently have to be on the ground at sunset I did not have time to go up to the peaks this afternoon and so missed best color up there. I did get this shot from just over the rim on the way up there;  didn’t get much closer though … still, I love the shot. The San Francisco Peaks have lenticular cap clouds over them and snow all the way down that was turning orange/pink as the sun was going down. The sliver of water on the far left is Rogers Lake and not sure what the near one more center is. The canyons you see in the foreground are all part of West Fork. To the right of the Peaks is Mt. Elden and just below it a sort of diagonal looking line is Pulliam Airport in Flagstaff and to the left of it you can see the city of Flagstaff. After next week the plane will be legal post sunset flying and I can go up there and get the last rays on the peaks. The sun has a lower angle on the peaks than you get on the rocks in Sedona too, as Mingus Mountain clips the sun well before actual sunset. It is about 8,000’ and about 20 miles from Sedona and most of the rocks around here are under 6500’ … up on the plateau there are no intervening mountains. 

Anyhow, it was a terrific day and hope yours was too … enjoy the day and share a smile with those whom you meet today … they might not be here tomorrow … and keep breathing. 

Cheers

Ted 

I go out into the night and stretch forth my arms, as

if to embrace one I love

…the solace of the stars is sweet, and the stillness has a voice I understand 

Max Ehrmann

 

Next best thing

Ridges

… to skiing the slopes is this (might even be better) … flying the ridge below the top and staying in that beautiful unseen flow of orographic lift coming up the slopes bent from horizontal by the mountain and rising as you go along the mountain. Very anxious to run the slopes with the GoPro mounted out on the wing to get some beautiful video along the sides of the mountains. A lot of snow fell today and more for tomorrow … hoping by Wednesday or Thursday to get back up to the peaks and get some good shots and video. The quality of the GoPro amazes me, but then so did my first 1 megapixel Nikon Coolpix camera in about 1999 and I went all digital selling almost all my film cameras and gear. No regrets and I have run the new wave of cameras, trading upwards every time something new has come along. Love it! Have done the same with computers since 1978 too … life is good!

 

This shot was take just south of Humphreys Peak on the 30th of December last year in the saddle separating Humphreys & Agassiz …anxious to see how much new snow has fallen.

 

A long, but good day in the valley today; saw a few friends, did some business and a stop at a Starbucks in Old Town Scottsdale while I waited for some stones to be set. Then the nice trip home, out and away from the major urban areas. The rain was beautiful on the drive down and a little on the way back. Watched a beautiful glow and intense rainbow while eating my dinner in the parking lot of the Outlets at Anthem.

 

One is happy I am home, but is doing a little punishing for the time I was gone … a few tools and stones have hit the floor from my jewelers bench in the last ten minutes … nice soft rubber pad for them to hit.

 

Have been listening to a few of Rod McKuen’s songs tonight … he is a longtime favorite and think Cork and I collected most of his poetry and music. He passed the end of January … Seasons … they are unique for each of us as is our passing.

Enjoy the day … smile … be kind

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

I forgot

Centerline

… I really intended on going to church this morning … started painting the patch work on the stucco and figured I would be done in time to get to church late, but that didn’t happen. So at 12:30 I finished the deck side of the house and it is now ready to get a full coat. Since church was no longer an option, I left my painting attire on and headed into town to have my Sunday latte with John, thence to Whole Foods and bought grass for One, milk and bread for me. From there it was down to the ponds and it had been a while since I was down there. I got this shot of a drake Northern Shoveler doing his landing, gear down and locked and heading down a centerline that only he can see. For those who care it was shot with a Canon 1DX, EF100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens + 1.4 III extender, Focal length 560mm, f8.0, ISO 800, 1/640th shutter speed at 3:01PM.

After the ponds it was up to the airport … cool and windy … and spent some time learning and doing some setup work on the new iEFIS lite that I bought from Matt at MGL Avionics and if you have an interest in that here is a link to the unit Heath installed Friday: http://mglavionics.com/html/iefis_lite.html and the link to Performance One is: http://performanceoneaviation.com/ and check out some of the neat aircraft they work on down there. Home to One, steak and salad for dinner and a busy evening getting ready for the new week.

I forgot a bunch of stuff last week and although to late for most here are a few of them. Anthony was in concert last night at Relics and it was excellent. Jennifer Parsons who many of you voted for in the Dream job thing made it into the second round and also is now in the 3rd and final round of the competition. There will be no more voting and here is where the judges go through comments and evaluate each of the 20 finalists for the competition … that is right she made it into the top 20. Since there are no more votes to be cast, think good thoughts for her. This from Jennifer “THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT “ They make a decision on the 24th and I’ll keep you posted.

 

Zack and Ben have a new CD now on iTunes at : https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/heavy-as-lead/id955479951

 

Forgot to plug my friend Paul who was heavily involved in the recent balloon trans pacific crossing and manned the mission control for 12 to 14 hours a day. http://www.pacificballoon.com/Team.php

 

Forgot to plug my friend Mary Helsaple and her showing earlier this month … sorry Mary, but you can see her work at The Village Gallery.

I forget what else I forgot so we shall never know :+)

Off to Scottsdale in the morning to see some friends and complete some projects down there.

It is Monday … it is raining … I shall remember to not forget

Smile and share your joy

Ted

I thought that time went sweet and soft and slow,

And left no marks save those of gentleness

That bound you to my life with strong caress;

And you saw naught but all my soul’s deep truth,

No fading bloom, nor form the years bent low,

But ever still the beauty of my youth.

Max Ehrmann

Working on it

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I decided to take a flight to the SF peaks this afternoon and experiment some more with the GoPro; also the video lessons on Adobe Premiere at http://lynda.com are helping and I am acquiring a rudimentary working knowledge of the program … soon to come, seamless transitions and music tracks.

The placement of the camera works for some aspects I want, but also need to have a camera on the wing to get the clean and pure view of the mountains and other things I will be shooting. In addition to having a new EFIS put in the Lambada in the morning I’m also having mounts made to take the camera and control it by wi-fi connection from the cockpit.

The video starts with me in the air having just taken off; turn to the NW and the initial climb out; transition to approaching the peaks and one pass and then the cut to the return to the Sedona area with engine off … finally the landing and roll out and off the runway.

Not pleased with quality but will work to improve over the weekend – best to not go full screen with this one. https://vimeo.com/120129495 

Need to call it a night as I want to be in the air at sunrise to head down to Falcon Field and Performance One Aviation to get the work done. I love this place, Heath and Tammy who own it, bought the business a number of years ago from his boss; they moved out of the original hanger to a much larger one and just recently took over another hanger … business is booming for them, but then when you offer a quality product/service and treat your customers right you will always do well … and they do!

Into the weekend … back Monday morning. Have a joyful weekend and enjoy those you choose to be with … and

Smiles

Ted

At nightfall…though I know I shall sometime no more

Open my eyes to the light or day, I am one who looks at stars when

Unchained from the work-bench at Nightfall.

They are a sign that I am not ephemeral,

Not you, nor you, whoever you are.

The dawn comes and the dark and the sign sparkling in the brooding night,

Forever and forever.

Max Ehrmann

 

Blue morning

Blue morning a

About a year ago Eric asked me to join him on and early morning shoot at a cattle pond that he had found and which during the early morning hours was a haven for many bird species … including these blue birds. I like this one a lot with two dropping in to join their buddies for a drink and clean up a bit … sounds like something straight out of the old west … fun.

I scrapped plans for flying and work on the stucco to focus on getting computer issues resolved and put it back online. Pretty cool, back to a four monitor system and a bunch of peripherals hung on it. No real misbehaviors and One has an enormous amount of space to roam on. She is actually leaving the Wacom tablet alone … not, but more so.

A fun night at the Hilton and the company was great as was Anthony’s music. If you have not joined us before please stop in for a visit … we solve no world issues but the conversation is good.

Not sure what is going on today … but have a reasonable level of confidence that there will be a good one, especially if I discover I am still breathing and can view the morning sky … a signal to smile and make the first lattes to fuel the day.

Have a beautiful day and share your joy … amazing what good things can happen when you do.

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.

 

It happened

Joy

… today that is, and it did it very well … my primary computer station is currently down for a complete physical relocation of assets … going back to four monitors and in an effort to regain a measure of control over my work flow the monitors are being mounted on two dual monitor stands. This gives me a huge boost in available desktop space … that translates into more room for One to stretch out and likely enough room for me to work at the same time. Should have it back up and running tomorrow sometime.

I took this shot last November and it was a beautiful day with clouds topping out around 10,000’ and a nice view up Long Canyon towards the Peaks … a fine day in the Lower Eighteen … a sense that everything is okay and life on planet earth continues … share your joy today and do what you can to bring a smile to those whom you meet … you may even meet someone who feels the same :+)

Hope your day went as well as mine … Wednesday is well under way and dinner at the Hilton tonight … 6PM reservation in my name. Anthony will be playing.

Time to wrap it for the evening … life is good and if you need affirmation of that, just look in the faces of those whom you love … family and friends … and smile

Cheers

Ted

To be somewhere alone with you and watch the myriad stars,

Far golden worlds beyond the noisy earth’s unkindly jars.

As quietly they sail night’s sea, above the world and you and me.

Max Ehrmann

Astro Squirrel … part two

AStro Squirrel 3aa AZ2 Paul R

One of my all-time favorite composites is the original Astro Squirrel; it is a shot I took of a backlit squirrel in the trees in the arroyo between the 2nd fairway and the 8th tee box and shot from the 8th tee box. When I looked at that shot I just knew that it projected more than just a happy squirrel and I got to work and created the first composite of the squirrel and the universe of which he and we are all a part of. I have sold more of that composite than any other composite I have done. A bit ago on another late afternoon walk on Red Rock Cove Rd heading up hill I saw this little guy staring off into who knows where. He was sitting on a wood tie near the third tee box and just a little off the road … so I gazed off into the universe for a while with him and then tonight completed the vision that we shared … on the edge of we know not where, or what or why … simply there for us to enjoy and wonder about.

It was a good day … not as planned, but they seldom are anymore. I decided to use my power washer to finish cleaning the house and then got into doing the deck, walkways and driveway … something nice about work like that … you can see nice results immediately!!! Then it was into the photo project and I got that finished a little while ago … now it is into my projects … smiles.

Not a clue what today will bring, but the air is calling so perhaps? I heard from Paul today and he informed me that AZ2 will not be coming back to me anytime soon … he loves it! He also sent me a photo of him flying AZ2 that a friend took of him from a prominent point near the Bristlecone forest east of Bishop California – the peak is 10,400’ MSL and Paul was clocking over 100 kts … sweet!

Have a wonderful day … share a smile … delight in life!

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

It flies!!!

Bright spot

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA AZ2 Sampley OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

… after my first, but before my second sugar free vanilla latte this morning (each is laced with three shots of espresso) I headed out for my morning walk and somewhere along the path I heard a Cardinal but had trouble locating it … finally found it and here is that beautiful flying machine. Then it was breakfast and out and resumed patching stucco as I am hoping to get the next long leg of our home (the deck side)  painted this week. Three hours of that and then into town to have another SFV Latte with John. Found myself enjoying the conversation and listening to the water burble in the ponds behind us and decided to fly another day and continue the visit. 

Some grocery shopping  … much needed as I needed milk …I had been reduced to using vanilla ice cream melted for my morning lattes … tell me again why I bought milk instead of more ice cream (very good stuff) … wait, I did buy more ice cream too :+) Sat out on the deck for a while and kinda reminiscent of previous years … it was good. Made a sandwich for dinner and then enjoyed the video disks I recently purchased from the SSA. They are old movies, but as exciting today as they were when made. The first was “The Quiet Challenge”, featuring John Denver and the second “Running on Empty” hosted by Cliff Robertson. The latter one was shot at Estrella Sailport in Maricopa S of Phoenix. Watching the videos brought back a strong longing for those long wings and tight fitting cockpits … I really miss the beauty of flying those elegant ships and making long cross country flights using only your mind, knowledge of the atmosphere and skills of a cross country soaring pilot.   

I flew high performance single place sailplanes for eleven years before Corky and I bought the Lambada motorglider … roughly 1800 hours flying them over 11 years … the good thing if I do pick up one of them again is that I already own a tow plane. Huge Smile, the Lambada is equipped with a tow hook and is used in many places as a tow plane as well as for soaring and touring. I gotta quit watching those videos! Attaching a shot of me in my 304 CZ 17.43 meter ship flying out of Parowan, Utah, a shot that Barb took of me pulling up from a low pass at Aguila and then one that my friend Bob took of me as we were cruising down the valley near Salome, AZ. I loved that ship, performance as shown is 48/1 or for every 48’ it goes forward it only sinks 1’ or for 1,000’ loss of altitude it goes forward 48,000’ or close to ten miles (caveat that is in calm air whatever that is, and there are also huge areas of sink and then there is lift) … so Paul, isn’t it about time for you to buy another sailplane and sell AZ2 back to me? Paul has set a number of records with it. The Lambada does pretty good too and has a glide ratio of 30/1 and I have done some long flights as a glider in it … do not land out either :+) 

Finally am getting life down to begin doing mostly my own projects and embarking on a life with few planned events … some you just have to plan, but I am liking waking in the morning and deciding what I want to do for the day. One more project to go that I have promised and then the book writing can begin again. The one which is the follow up to the first one (Ten Days in January, A journey … on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Ten-Days-January-Theodore-Grussing/dp/1419685759/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1424067478&sr=8-1&keywords=theodore+grussing ) which was about us and caregiving, respite breaks and such is just going to have to limp along for a while as I am constantly revising it in my mind. The other book which will be relatively easy to do will start this week and be replete with aerial photography and thoughts … “The Lower Eighteen” is the title. That is where most of us who fly live … commercial and corporate/private jets, fast movers and those ships who fly IFR typically occupy the space above 18,000’ … we operate at 17,999’ and below, thus the title. Really looking forward to getting this together and most of the photography in this book will be of Northern Arizona. 

So far tomorrow looks like more stucco patching … possibly a flight down to Turf Soaring in the Phoenix area (that is where it all started for me … a home away from home). Finish a photography project I shot for a friend in December and mostly hoping to end the day the way I start it … eyes open … I’m breathing … my gosh, life is good! 

Enjoy the day and all those whom you see … share your joy and a few smiles 

Cheers 

Ted 

PS My friend Jennifer made it into the second round due in no small part to the support you gave her in the first round … please go here and vote again: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10206343020440648&id=1421273600    

At nightfall…though I know I shall sometime no more

Open my eyes to the light or day, I am one who looks at stars when

Unchained from the work-bench at Nightfall.

They are a sign that I am not ephemeral,

Not you, nor you, whoever you are.

The dawn comes and the dark and the sign sparkling in the brooding night,

Forever and forever. 

Max Ehrmann