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Sedona Pathways ... our daily journey
By Ted Grussing, Sedona, Arizona
Ted Grussing is a Photographer, Soaring Pilot, Attorney, Custom Jewelry Designer and Caregiver.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012


 By Ted Grussing

A day for working on photos and a day to take a few more. While Corky had a friend over for a visit this afternoon I headed out to the ponds. For those who wonder which ones, they are the fish ponds at Page Springs across from the restaurant. I also stopped by the new wetlands off 89A at the wastewater treatment plant and although not open yet, the workers said the road and parking lot would be done by the end of this week; hopefully we can have access by next week. An advantage there will be that you can shoot later in the day because there is no large hill blocking the late afternoon sun such as we have at the ponds.

Corky and I had a wonderful turkey noodle soup for dinner tonight (thank you Deb) and a tasty desert of cookies and homemade caramels (thank you Tom & Pat). Given my current intense dislike for cooking all leftovers are welcomed in our house ... just kidding I think :+) We watched the Jeff Bridges remake of True Grit and another nice day is complete. We started the day breathing and finished it the same way; nice to make it yet another day ... smiles.

There is a new CDC study that says second hand smoke in five airports threatens travelers health: http://news.yahoo.com/cdc-study-says-secondhand-smoking-five-airports-threatens-135616055.html . The very same government agencies that ban cigarette smoking and herald the dangers to public health from a single cigarette in say the AT&T Stadium which hosts the Giants in San Francisco approves the prescribed burning of millions of acres in the USA putting billions of pounds of smoke, particulates and noxious gases into the atmosphere which we are forced to breathe. Thank heavens that they ban cigarette smoke or we might be in trouble. I have had numerous health care professionals tell me that the incidence of respiratory ailments goes up significantly when the burns are in progress.

A few weeks ago when Danger and I went up and shot the aerial video for Lowell Observatory we also did a short video which shows you what these burns look like from the air. There were at least five prescribed burns going that day and thousands of acres were being burned. The health of the forest is always hailed as the reason for it. According to the narrative on the USFS website they have found the magic way to restore the health of the forest and that is the burning ... they admit they had the wrong policies in the past, but now the same people who have screwed it up every time in the past say they have it right ... perhaps in another ten years or so they will learn how wrong this is and roll out another screwed up plan. Humans do not fare well with the smoke and noxious particulates, wildlife fares even worse as their habitat is destroyed and many of them perish. Me? I put humans first. The link to the video is: https://vimeo.com/53746998 the first view is looking west from the area of the San Francisco Peaks and then it moves to the south and Sedona. The EPA has determined this is okay to breathe, but god help you if you light up in an airport or baseball stadium as you are endangering human health. More on this later. If you would like to see what they are burning in your area follow this link: http://www.inciweb.org/state/3/ and select your state. Minimum burn puts about 2.5 tons per acre into the atmosphere and the most dense over 100 tons per acre - cigarettes sure seem insignificant by comparison.

Some contacts locally are: Thanks Jeannie

sedonacitycouncil@sedonaaz.gov Sedona City Council members

Sherron.Ronald@azdeq.gov (Fed liaison for EPA - signs permits to burn) - 800-234-5677

Busby.Bradley@azdeq.gov (Fed liaison for EPA)

www.coconinoforest.us (Coconino National Forest)

http://www.fs.usda.gov/kaibab (Kaibab National Forest)

USDA-FS-NEWS@newsbox.usda.gov (Brienne U. Magee)

www.redrocknews.com Sedona Red Rock News a letter to the editor

Tuesday is well underway ... have a terrific day ... keep breathing ... go for clean air



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

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