Monthly Archives: September 2015

Next course

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This little creature was dining on food he found on the tops of Lily Pads in the channel between the Upper Eau Clair Lake and Birch Lake this evening; he would feed on whatever it was on the top of a pad and then hop to the next pad and clean it out. Really fun to watch and even funner to shoot it. A Yellow-Rumped Warbler … much prettier than the name. A “Yellow Tail Lily Hopper” sounds better :+)

Started the day with a walk and got shots of Mergansers on a dock, almost got a pair of eagles and then back for breakfast and out on the lake for a few hours. Floated around for a while with seagulls and loons and then up to the north end and into Smith Lake and the next one (name escapes me). Got some fabulous shots of a Canada Goose taking off, in flight and landing, some not so great Wood Ducks and a few trees in color. This afternoon in search of color, I took a drive down to Hayward, Cable and a visit to Mt. Telemark, where In used to ski (now also with a big chalet, hotel, condos, golf course and a very nice air strip capable of taking jet traffic and then to Drummond and back to the lake.

For sure I will be missing peak color here, but hopefully will get it flying over Lockett Meadow and the SF Peaks over the weekend … returning to Sedona, Friday. It is cold here tonight … the migratory birds will be not far behind. I migrated a long time ago :+)

Have a great day and smile … especially if it is warm where you are.

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

Among the best

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… if not the best shot I have of a gull taking to flight is this shot I took yesterday. Like the shot of the loon last night I took this shot with the Canon 1D-X, with the new 100-400 lens, and not just hand held, but held with one hand only as even at near idle the outboard engine has so much torque that I have to hold on to it … and besides I was keeping the birds in sight through the viewfinder and steered to get the best position for the shots and I got a number of winner shots including the loon and this one. YES!!!

Today was a blast; after a walk, boat ride looking for wildlife and breakfast I headed up to Duluth to visit friends … Darlene was one of Corky’s nursing school classmates and she and Lowell moved to Duluth shortly after graduation … on the way to Alaska, but never made it. Headed up to Hawk Ridge to see the hawks and eagles, but it was such that it was great for birders, but not photographers … way too far out, but a beautiful view of the largest fresh water lake in the world. Then up the North Shore a ways, and back. Home in time for another trip out on the lake in search of, and then back to the cabin and another delicious salad … and smoked salmon from a specialty place on the North Shore.

Color still isn’t doing much so I’m focusing my efforts on wildlife. Got an eagle and some beautiful wood ducks this morning, a red tail fox and more this afternoon, but have not processed the images yet.

I had planned on doing some writing and other stuff too, but am just taking time to be me and relax. The hunt for wildlife will continue tomorrow; cold night so maybe a little more color too. Hoping for three bars on my mobile phone; no internet service in the cabin so using my mobile phone as a hotspot and only have two little bars … “can you hear me now”? Yes I do have Verizon … can they hear me? I know NSA does.

Have a terrific day … like, why not? Always your choice though and some people do prefer to be miserable … hard to believe, but it is true.

Smiles

Ted

I ask no odds of any man, I am not one that follies sway.

I am the source of my rewards, I do my work each day.

Max Ehrmann

 

 

 

A Wal-Mart run

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… this morning to get food and stuff for the week up here at the cabin on Upper Eau Clair lake … key among the nutritional delights was the acquisition of four Lindt chocolate bars, commonly known as vitamin CH. No self-respecting person could possibly contemplate time in a cabin without the nutritional delights of vitamin CH. Then there was the fruit, tea, coffee and a whole bunch of blueberries, raspberries, grapes and such … mix them up with grape tomatoes, blue cheese crumbles on torn romaine lettuce and blue cheese dressing and you have my dinner for tonight. Yum! 

First thing I did when I arrived around 2:30P, was dump all the stuff in the cabin and head down to the lake with both cameras and prepared for whatever came my way. The engine started first try, and it was out to rediscover the lake. Although the boat gets up on a plane very quickly I spent most of the time slowly meandering around the shorelines and out in the middle shooting gulls and when I came back I got in with six loons. I Spent ‘bout twenty minutes among them and then to shore, a three mile walk and then back down to the lake, enjoying an ice tea and listening to the haunting and soulful songs of the loons. A bald eagle flew overhead … a chipmunk popped up from under the dock at the shoreline … night settled quietly over the lake and after dinner and a nap on the couch it was to work on the days photos. About a 50% keep rate which is high. 

Up to Duluth to see friends tomorrow and the North Shore of Lake Superior. First a quiet boat ride around the lake to see if I can get some more wildlife. 

Have a beautiful day and share your joy … a few smiles will work. 

Cheers 

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

 

Exploring

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Saturday was a very fun day as a friend from long ago and I went out for a very fun day; a walk around Lake Harriet in some of the wonderful early fall weather followed by dinner at the Grand Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, which when last we were there was the Minneapolis Athletic Club. The athletic club is still there, the pool in the basement and the exercise rooms on a couple of different floors.

After dinner we had decided on a movie, I had my camera with me and was shooting some of the buildings which were illuminated and looking quite beautiful. As we were approaching the parking ramp, Steve Lyon approached us in his Pedicab and asked if we would like to see the city and said he could get me some great shots of the city … and off we went on a 2 plus hour tour along the Mississippi, St. Anthony Main and the Minneapolis Historic Riverfront I have never been too before. This is one of the early shots from the first bridge we crossed as we headed to the Historic Riverfront. Unfortunately no tripod along so this was kinda handheld (braced) and is looking down river from just below St. Anthony Falls. Canon 5Ds R, EF24-70 mm f2.8 II USM lens, ISO 800, f2.8, .3 second exposure. You can contact Steve at 612.558.2211 either call or text him if you would like to take one of his tours. He is a student at the U of M and you will enjoy your tour. http://stevepedicabbing.net23.net/index.html

Visited with cousins and my aunt Margaret today and a little driving around the old neighborhoods. The house on Portland Avenue I grew up in has been sold and is vacant so I took a walk around and peered in the windows … somehow although familiar it all seemed different and just another house … the special nature resides in memories and no longer associated with the house itself … moving on.

Later this morning it is up to the Upper Eau Clair lake in northern Wisconsin to spend some time on the lake and hopefully getting some great fall color shots; then up to Duluth to visit long-time friends.

Have a beautiful day … greet those you pass with a smile and make your day.

Cheers

Ted

 

O Passer-by, O passer-by!

Have you good words of me

Upon your lips as I draw nigh

To you each day?

If so, I ask

That you’d them say,

For soon I’m gone and cannot hear,

So speak the kindly word

I beg, and smile while I’m yet near …

Max Ehrmann

 

Joy

Reaching

… today after the good Dr. Bill extracted the rest of the tooth that broke off at the gum line last night, I came home and put together a video for the ISO 100 group that met here tonight. Actually I did it the form of a Power Point presentation with music and used primarily photos from the air along with photos of creatures that I share the sky with and all set to the beautiful “Keep holding on” a composition of and performance by Anthony Mazzella. After they left I figured out how to convert it to an MP4 file and uploaded it to Vimeo, took the code and put it in our website at: http://tedandcorky.com/fun-vids.html . I recommend watching it in the embedded viewer and do not go full screen as Vimeo downgraded the quality so it looks good in the viewer, but fuzzy in full screen. Give it a try … beautiful photos and beautiful music. When I get back from holiday I’ll rework it all, but since I am on a plane later today will wait.

Anthony by the way is now performing three days a week in the Sedona area: Wednesdays at the Hilton, Thursdays at Soundbites and Fridays beginning October 2nd at L’Auberge . Be sure to go see him perform, Olivia (now 3 ½ years old) will appreciate it and you will be delighted and get great food and service in all three venues.

I have two great friends who come in several times a day while I am away and take care of One … Eric forgot I was leaving today and Jim said he loved taking care of One because it meant I was out of town. Smiles … I think. Truly fortunate for the care they give One.

Here is a neat photo from earlier this year of a Great Blue Heron taking off … elegance!

Into the weekend … be so grateful that you are breathing that you share a smile with all whom you meet today … it even makes tooth extractions seem a minor nuisance.

Back on Monday

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

It begins

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… Lockett Meadow and the north facing slopes of the San Francisco Peaks are beginning the fall display of color and I am hoping that peak color will be 10/3 or later as after tomorrow that will be my next flight up here.

This is a shot that you will not normally see as it is taken from the north side of the peaks looking south; shot from 11,000’and looking up at Humphreys Peak which at 12,633’is the tallest peak in Arizona. This is also my favorite view of the peak, next favorite is from inside the caldera looking across Lockett Meadows and from about 500’ lower. Winds at altitude at the peaks were from the NE in the 20+kt range and pretty gnarly; you can see the rotor action in the clouds above the peaks :+) Still a few issues with Mariah, but she is eminently flyable and I did get some shots from the fringes of the caldera on the east side … main problem was keeping the plane level enough to get some shots … looks so serene and peaceful in the photos :+)

Absolutely loving the Canon 5Ds R and all fifty plus megapixels as it is giving me levels of detail I could not even imagine before. It is now over 16 years since I went all digital and began the journey into the electronic form of photography with a Nikon Cool Pix 1 which at $999.00 sported an amazing 1MP image … many cameras and several brands before I settled on Canon about five years ago. The Olympus E-1 and E-3 were among my favorites … oh well, the journey continues.

Have a beautiful day and share your joy with those whom you meet today … no reason not to finish your day with a warm feeling inside knowing you helped someone else feel the same.

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

 

 

For David

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… whilst having a quiet dinner of dubious nutritional value and looking out over the deck on a still and quiet golf course my mind wandered … the clouds were grey and stormy looking and beyond those clouds lies the universe, the universe within and eternity … the known and the vast unknown. One of my favorite people in the world is a gentle soul who intertwines theology and cosmology … perhaps there is no difference, only the approach taken and David does that so very well. It has been a long time since we have had a visit and yet I know that when we do it will be as though there has been no gap in our conversation. I know you are still out there David, so hi and know that you continue to make a difference in my life …. Carpe Diem!!!

Another test flight scheduled for the morning and then a day of prep for the trip. Looks like good weather and cannot wait for the crisp fall nights and days in northern Wisconsin. Enjoy today and share a smile with others whom you meet today … be generous with others and make life a little better for others … amazing what a simple smile can do … and a little wonderment about what is beyond the clouds overhead.

Cheers

Ted

So each one to his wish, and as for me,

I sit tonight and wait

To find the answers to my soul in me,

And in the beauty of the sky and sea.

 

Max Ehrmann

Way beyond

Beyond

… hope … in the magnificent metropolis of Ripley, California on the way to Cibola National Wildlife Refuge … One decided to take refuge and would go no further, but allowed me to pick her up on the way back to the interstate. The promise of a beautiful wildlife refuge along the banks of the Colorado River were dashed when miles beyond the river I arrived at the refuge and it looked decidedly less appealing than this sight. The nearest water was flowing in the Colorado River miles behind me.

Truth be told I really enjoy getting shots like this and have a number of plans for it once I get the time to do an intricate and believable other worldly composite, but with all the windows it is going to take hours and hours getting the right perspective and retaining the cross bars in the windows, but it will be fun.

A very fun day today and much accomplished … a week from today I will be on the Upper Eau Clair Lake near Hayward, Wisconsin; rented a boat along with the cabin and they tell me the leaves are beginning to turn color so perhaps I’ll get lucky with that. I think there are five other lakes that are accessible by boat from the Upper. And I think peak color on the peaks and surrounding areas will occur after I return and the plans are to fly in the caldera again this year and shoot Lockett Meadow with the 50MP camera. Just a few more issues to deal with on Mariah, but it is flyable and feels like home again.

Have a beautiful day … still hoping for the rain storm today … do love the excitement of a good storm!

Cheers

Ted

Sleep sweetly now that the gates of the crimson night are closed, and leave tomorrow’s struggle for tomorrow.

The earth is peaceful, only the stars and still moon are abroad, and they wage no war.

 

Max Ehrmann

Got it all

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… well, almost all. I took this shot this morning on a test flight of Mariah and she is about as well as the photo is inclusive of the populated portion of the Sedona and Village of Oak Creek. I live in the Village which is the area in the foreground lower right … you can see all three golf courses in the Village; Oak Creek Country Club with the prettier dark green fairways (where I live), below it the Sedona Golf Resort and to the right of SR 179 the small executive course. You can kind of make out Seven Canyons Golf Course to the left of the airport and the other side of Thunder Mountain. The foreground mountains from right to left are Lees Mountain, Courthouse Butte, Bell Rock and Castle Rock (adjoins our golf course) and traveling up and left you have Cathedral Rock and above it the airport. To the right of Cathedral Rock is the Chapel area and above and to the right of it is Uptown and the beginning of Oak Creek Canyon which goes up and left. West Sedona is pretty much on the left side of the airport and along the creek (winding dark green area below the airport going down and left) is the Loop Road area and Sedona Shadows is on the very left edge of the photo. On the horizon from the left is Sitgreaves Mountain, Kendrick Peak, San Francisco Peaks, Mt. Elden and on the far right Mormon Mountain …  volcanoes, one and all … even Mt. Wilson which is above right of the N end of the airport … I like this place! 

We’re into a new week … enjoy each day as it comes around and may they be filled with joy and delight at the grand discovery of waking in the morning and find you are still breathing :+) 

Incredibly far behind in answering emails … sorry! 

Cheers and share your joy. 

Ted

So each one to his wish, and as for me,

I sit tonight and wait

To find the answers to my soul in me,

And in the beauty of the sky and sea.

 

Max Ehrmann

 

 

Mother and daughter

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… a special place always for family times and in this case a mother and daughter wild Burros that I got at Alamo Lake this afternoon on the way back from California.

A fun trip; dinner with a friend in Vista, last night, breakfast with a high school buddy in Banning, and a midday visit with a law school buddy in La Quinta before the drive home this afternoon. Over the last umpteen years I have seen the sign near Blythe pointing to Cibola National Wildlife Refuge and today I decided to check it out … endless miles going straight through cotton and alfalfa fields … the road deteriorating … crossing the Colorado River on a private bridge, somewhat rickety, and with a big sign saying “dangerous, cross at your own risk” and finally I arrived at the refuge. A dust devil marked the lake bed of Cibola Lake and the auto tour was a bust. Got some neat photos of abandoned buildings and fields on the way back and got to see an area I never intend to see again … ever!

I like the shortcut taking Hwy 60 from I-10 through Wickenburg to SR 74 and connecting with I-17 N of Phoenix. Very light traffic and scenic … and when flying high performance sailplanes out of Turf and Aguila a frequent flying area. I especially liked the flight to Brenda Junction (where I-10 and Hwy 60 meet) you pass over a town called “Hope” and as you pass it, you can legitimately say that you are beyond Hope. I used to fly out to Alamo Lake with a friend, but have never been there on the ground, so I took a turn at Wenden off Hwy 60 and drove the 38 miles out to the lake. It is so frequently visited that I did not see a single person or vehicle on the drive out there and only one on the way back. It is an incredibly beautiful lake formed by an earthen dam on the Bill Williams River completed in 1968. I didn’t even know that there is a Bill Williams River! From the dam the river flows SW and joins the Colorado River somewhere around the Parker Dam. I didn’t have a lens suitable for Landscape work so mostly looked for wildlife to shoot and found quite a few wild burros including several pairs of mom’s with their young’uns. Like this shot the most.

I’m finding the new vehicle with a 290hp V6 gets very good mileage. From first fill up in Vista last night to home tonight I averaged 27.3 mpg … I am very much a stranger to minimum speed limits so am very pleased.

Airport days at Sedona Airport tomorrow (Saturday) so need to get some sleep; going to try and get a short test flight in before I taxi it down to the ramp area. Come on up and have some fun and stop and say hi.

Cheers

Ted

O Passer-by, O passer-by!

Have you good words of me

Upon your lips as I draw nigh

To you each day?

If so, I ask

That you’d them say,

For soon I’m gone and cannot hear,

So speak the kindly word

I beg, and smile while I’m yet near …

Max Ehrmann