Monthly Archives: April 2017

Gottcha

…had breakfast at the airport with friends from Boston and also my friends from the CHP were having breakfast before completing the flight back to California with their new ship. This is a shot of their takeoff this morning and it is a very cool and powerful tool in surveilling and getting the bad guys. With the first one they took delivery on they were working with officers on the ground trying to get some bad guys at night. Without any search type lights and from an altitude of 6,000 and a distance of several miles they  found the two bad guys, saw them toss a gun into a dumpster and then hide behind a dumpster … they directed the officers on the ground to them and also told them which dumpster the gun had been thrown into. That is some seriously good work and the electronics and cameras in the new ones are substantially improved. That is Mark the new Chief Pilot for the CHP flying right seat and Rich the outgoing Chief Pilot is flying left seat. Nice to know that we have equipment like this and really competent and dedicated people to help keep us safe and nail criminals. I have suggested that a rack or two of Hell Fire missiles be mounted on the wings, but that has been ignored.

 

An equally good rest of the day, One, got her hunt in this afternoon and also a reasonable probability that I accomplished something, although I can’t think of what it was …I did enjoy the day though and sometimes that is enough … at least for me.

 

Have a beautiful day … take the time to talk with and see friends … and smile, you’re breathing!

 

Into the weekend and back Monday morning … have fun.

Ted

 

At nightfall,

Though I know I shall sometime no more open my eyes to the night or the day.

I am one who looks at the stars when unchained from the workbench at nightfall.

They are a sign I am not ephemeral, nor 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

It is finished

Heather sent me a final photo of the now completed sculpture of Athena and a video of her putting the patina on the bronze. Hitherto I have only seen the finished product, but Heather has shared much of the process in the videos. The latest video is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6vrw8F0wQw and it is pretty awesome watching the patina being applied to the sculpture. Be sure to check her website out at: http://heathersoderberg.com .

The day after the “funnest day” was a pretty good day too. Carving some new waxes for ideas that I have and cut a couple of stones … and continued the organization of the collection … I actually just feel like throwing it all in a box, but can’t do that. About an hour at a time and then into more fun projects like cutting, carving, cleaning up and enhancing specimens or taking One out for her adventures. Best of all, I got to live and enjoy another day and spend some of it with friends; hopeful for another one after a few hours of sleep … and much espresso :+)

My friend Rich stopped for the night in Sedona on his way back to California with another of the new aircraft for the California Highway Patrol … more to follow. The aircrafts capabilities for detection and surveillance are just awesome! Equally awesome was the landing in very challenging conditions tonight. Dinner at the airport Mesa Grill and home to work on stuff.

Have a beautiful day and share a smile or three with someone today … best to do it whilst you are still here.

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

Funnest days

… while every day is great, some are just a wee bit better than others and today was one of those. We left for the lake early and were pulling away from the docks at Lake Pleasant Marina by 9:45A and for the next two hours we explored as much as we could of the 11.58 square mile lake and which has a shoreline of 114 miles. The lake is absolutely full and the wildlife on and around the lake is amazing … here is a shot of a Great Blue Heron that came cruising by. I only brought my 5D MK IV with 24-70mm lens so nothing got pulled in too much … definitely a two camera experience in the future. After the boating a number of stops taking care of business, dinner at Cheesecake Factory and home.

 

A friend sent me this photo he took of me in my fun space last month. I’m seated in front of the faceting machine which is not in the photo, behind me is my jewelers bench with assorted tools and stuff in its usual state of only I can find what I need and on the left side a custom cabbing machine I had made back in the 80’s and which with ever changing diamond wheels continues to do a beautiful job of shaping gemstones. The rust stain on the black towels I use to minimize spatter is from boulder opal … it is messy crappy stuff to cut, but the stones are beautiful. On the far right side of the image you can see the end of my Concept2 rowing machine and out of sight behind it my desk and computer set up. The blue towel is on the end of the desk and where One naps and supervises the operation. Anyhow, a fun shot and thanks for sending it Lee. Please note the tripod in the far corner … I actually own some of them :+)

 

Heather sent me a link to another YouTube video she put together which shows the assembly and finishing of my Athena sculpture, which she has titled “Moonlight” for the series … mine is “Athena” It is really an educational video and only a few minutes in length so hope you take the time to look at it. Also check out the video of the eagle she is doing … 50 foot wingspan and it will also be a bronze. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idHtgA_iVL4 

Time to wrap the day and after a few hours rest another day will begin … and we can celebrate again the joy of being here and in our own way make life a little nicer place to be. 

Smile and share your joy … life is such an incredible gift and so are most people. 

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

The view down Rwy 3

Yesterday late afternoon I decided to head up to the airport and get a flight in and see if I could get some sunset shots for a change. The air was still pretty hazy, but from a lower altitude it wasn’t too bad. I was roughly a thousand feet above the runway when I took this shot, and that is quite a bit higher than if you are coming in for a landing, but it gives you a neat perspective of the airport and area. On the closest ramp to the left of the runway there is a pair of Gulfstream 5’s parked and further up a number of other jets and piston aircraft. Off the north end of the runway is a rock that frequently has people on it who go up there to experience the vortex which is said to exist there. On the left horizon above the rim you can see the top of the San Francisco Peaks and on the right horizon the long flat peak is Mormon Mountain … the lake is behind it. On the left side of Airport Mesa is West Sedona, off the North end is Uptown and on the right the Chapel area. It was after dark before I got home and I was less than inspired to cook; quick salad and a couple of hot dogs was the fare for the evening meal.

Today was a great success … I awoke … I also decided that it was time to start getting One used to driving as she has only been in a vehicle a few times since she has been here. The first couple of miles was a little bizarre, but after that she started settling in and I think may have enjoyed it. So, at least once a week she and I will be going for rides … good prep for the upcoming trip to Minnesota and Wisconsin in September; trailering the boat and renting a house in Eden Prairie and then up to the lake in Wisconsin for a week or so. Be good to have One along on the trip with me, but methinks she will not be on the boat with me. 

I just got a text from Heather Greene (John Soderberg’ s daughter) and she just finished welding the various bronze castings of Athena together and sent me a photo of it; tomorrow she is putting the patina on it and next week it arrives here. Yay! So here is how it looks now and tomorrow night I think I will have a photo of the finished piece. Just amazing how neat technology is to share in real time projects such as this … Check her website out at: http://heathersoderberg.com/ she also has the step by step process of the creation of these works of art on the website. Also here is the link she sent me of them doing a night casting of parts of Athena last week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFIS-8nI69o

 

A wonderful week coming up starting with a half day on Lake Pleasant, tomorrow and then some errands and appointments … the water as well as the sky is calling again so it will be half a day in a 17’Scarab … fun! Probably more flying and some hiking too. Life is good! 

Have a beautiful day … smile and share your joy … nothing quite as cool as having someone return the smile. 

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

Mental doodles

… sometimes it is fun to just throw stuff at the wall and see what happens and that is pretty much what happened tonight … I had flowers, planes, birds and mountains, but these three images seemed to blend and carry a story better than the others. The deity, the wooden horse head, the bear head and all against the backdrop of the cosmos. I think you can see why I like shooting the wood at Sunset Crater so much … it is amazing. 

 

No ladybugs found today. Eric and I took off in his jeep this morning and headed down I-17 to the US 169 exit, over the highway and started down FS 64D and the 12 miles to Squaw Peak. After 4 miles we decided enough was enough, it was akin to being in a concrete mixer and we were fortunate the seat and shoulder straps kept us in the vehicle. So, the ladybugs were saved from an intrusion on their daily routine … and it was not necessary for us to make doctor appointments.  

Fun day and I managed to accomplish very little … not only that, but I didn’t much feel like doing anything. I have been debating as to whether to polish a piece of opal for a couple of weeks and finally did it. Now I will be taking it off and replacing it with a 260 or 600 grit finish which is kind of like a light frosted glass finish. The reason is that the opal has one of the most beautiful purple play of colors that I have ever seen in opal, but the opal gel has a few issues, to wit a few cracks and impurities that are visible with a high polish, but hidden with the frosted finish. Also with the frosted type finish the entire stone just glows with color … so, tomorrow it is back to where it was before today and then I’m having it set for myself.  

Time to wrap the day and week. I’m finding that I am keeping pretty well up to date on replying to emails with only sending them out four days a week … feel good to be current and for whatever reason, I never was when I was doing five days. Have a beautiful rest of the week and weekend. Smile when you open your eyes in the morning … you’ve made it into yet another day that will be filled with opportunities to make your life and the lives of others better for your having been here … and you’re still breathing :+) 

Cheers 

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

Mystic days

… and today was one of them … we hiked the lava trail at Sunset Crater this morning and I got shots of some fabulous wood … add to that the incredible setting at the base of the most recent volcanic cinder cone in the San Francisco Volcanic Field and the wonderment of what happened about a thousand years ago and the imagination runs wild. I have shot this log before, but today the colors were special… add to that a little Hubble imagery and an Osprey cruising the firmament and as Max is wont to say,  we see all as one.

Later this morning a friend and I are off in search of a medium size juniper tree that is reputed to be covered by hundreds of thousands of lady bugs. It is located in four wheel jeep country and we’re not sure where exactly it is … a great adventure whether we find the tree or not. A friend told me about it and he has seen it and this is the month that they swarm this one particular tree. One of my favorite endeavors … in search of.

One got her outing this afternoon, but after chasing something into a neighbor’s yard she made a sudden high speed dash for the house and had no interest in going back out. Perhaps a creature a wee bit larger than she and this time it did not flee from her charge? So far she has not spoken of the fearful encounter. A terrific dinner at Vince’s in Cornville and home for a little time spent on stones and photos.

Have a beautiful day, smile and share your joy … we have life!

Cheers

Ted

 

For a few hours here in the still morning I wash myself clean of civilization,

and purge myself of things and the accumulated rubbish of time.

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

 

The tax man cometh

… nearly every year I get to send out a photo similar to this … nature’s way of expressing what she sees happening to the average person … governments way of spoiling the beauty of the rebirth that is Spring. Anyhow, I look forward to the opportunity of sending photos like this out. So, put it in the mail or file electronically … what’s left is yours until next year … second installment of property taxes come in two weeks, sales and gasoline taxes daily, taxes on communications monthly, plus, plus, plus.

A lot of gem work done today as I continue the sorting and organization of the collection … not my strong suit, but oh so necessary. Off to Sunset Crater in the morning and more shooting of the enchanted wood. Time with friends and time with One as she does her hunts … and when the day is nearing its end, some quiet time reflecting on the beauty of life and our tiny little planet … where is forever … and forever after that … or is it all now in the present?

Have a beautiful day … share a smile with those you meet and greet …

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

April is Iris month

… so I have to get them while I can … another shot from my neighbor’s yard, I’m not sure what variety this one is, but I like it and it isn’t too worried about what we call it either. There are so many beautiful varieties.

Trying something new and that is embedding the image in the email body. I have a few friends who are able to receive embedded photos, but not attached so hopefully this will work out for everyone. If you are having issues with this format please let me know. You can right click on the image and save it as a jpeg file, so you will be able to add these to your collection if you are saving them. I also add the jpeg files to a shared online folder that you can access and download from. Just click on: http://tinyurl.com/TedSharesPhotos , there are over a thousand images in the folder … enjoy them.

I have closed down my online sales and am just leaving kind of a skeletal website up. If you would like any of my photos, just send me an email and let me know which one(s) you would like. There are a lot to choose from in the shared folder and include all shots I have used in emails over the past few years. http://tinyurl.com/TedSharesPhotos , there are over a thousand images in the folder … enjoy them. I am also no longer doing commercial shoots or air to air shoots; the focus now is simply on my aerial, flower and wildlife photography. I’m also hoping for some clean air soon as today was the third flight in a row where the haze was so bad that it simply wasn’t worth taking a shot. I did shoot some roads that I want to drive and this gives me a much better idea of what I will find. Think I’ll give it another try in the morning … hope springs eternal. Heading up to Sunset Crater on Tuesday and shoot more of the enchanted wood for compositing.

Something other than an Iris tomorrow morning. Hope you had a wonderful and blessed Easter weekend.

Into the new week … some smiles and very good times await us.

Cheers … life is so very good.

Ted

 

O sweet content! Where is thy mild abode where I may dwell in endless peace?

Show me the much sought road and give the lease.

The answer came, “Then cease to vainly roam in search of me, for thou wilt find my quiet hidden home within thy mind.”

 

Max Ehrmann

Continuing in white

… Black and White are the two most difficult colors to shoot and while One gives me plenty of practice on the black, there are not a lot of things I shoot that are white … and once a year I get to spend a lot of time shooting white iris’ along with all the others. I love the delicate laciness of the petals on this iris and hope you do too.  Seems like a good year to stock up and shoot hundreds of them for future use; I’ve kind of slacked off on iris the past couple of years and now with the 34MP sensor on the 5D MK IV I can get large files to blow up. They are already pretty big  and the size at 300 ppi is roughly 15 x 22 inches. Easy to make 24 x 36 images with virtually no loss of detail. The detail in most flowers is totally amazing and it is like looking into another world in which you can get lost in beauty.

A very nice day today … slow start with several cups of espresso, to wit, 8 shots of the wonderful elixir :+) writing emails, catching up on news, texting my daughters to let them know I am still breathing and catch up on their days and then the rest of the morning and afternoon cutting stones, one of which I am putting into a new pendant for myself. It is a beautiful limb piece of Virgin Valley black opal and after finishing the stone I started carving the wax for the setting which will be in 22kyg. I’ll take a picture when I finish it … think it will be pretty cool.

Down to Phoenix, tomorrow, to sign the documents for the new boat et al, and I decided to get the camo paint finish on it … this is going to be fun … wish I could pick it up tomorrow too.

Last one for the week … have a beautiful rest of the week and seek the beauty that surrounds you … you will always find it and then share your joy with others … and smile!

Cheers

Ted

 

I saw or thought I saw the figure of a woman standing in the dim light …

“What are you writing?”

“A story of perfect love”, I answered

“Lay down your pen and live with me the story you are writing”, she said

“I am ready!” I cried, and arising, I started toward her; but there was nothing there.

 

Max Ehrmann

Intensity

… it is that time of year when intense beauty is released everywhere … the Iris’ are making their debut. Some flowers such as orchids have blooms that will last weeks to months, but there is nothing to compare with the iris which releases unimaginable beauty  over a few short days and then retreats for another year. Thanks to my friend and neighbor Liz for allowing me to shoot her Iris again this year, she feeds her Iris … I need to start feeding mine too and perhaps I’ll get some blooms also. Today was an optimal day to shoot Iris and other blooms as the sky was pretty overcast and thus kind of a muted lighting with no extreme highlights or shadows. A lot of photographers use tripods and other aids to shoot flowers and that is probably a good idea, but I handhold everything as it gives me more flexibility in angles and perspectives. I prefer manual mode so I can get exactly what I want and was flipping between that and aperture preferred modes today. I used the Canon 5D MK IV with the new 24-70 lens today and am going to switch over to the 100 macro tomorrow.

A fun day cutting stones, shooting Iris, working on the plane and a great outing with One and likely more of the same tomorrow.

Spend some time gazing into the beauty of iris in your neighborhood while they are in bloom … fascinating worlds in there.

Smile and share your joy … it comes back to you.

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