Sedona Pathways ... our daily journey By Ted Grussing, Sedona, Arizona firstname.lastname@example.org Ted Grussing is a Photographer, Soaring Pilot, Attorney, Custom Jewelry Designer and Caregiver.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Final stand for Forrest Gump
By Ted Grussing
Forrest Gump... quit running at this place on US 163 in Utah and his life and the tale went on from there. We had a terrific although brief time in Monument Valley. Shortly after arriving yesterday we set out to scope the places that Derek thought we get the best shots of the rising full moon with the Mitten formations and shortly thereafter the fun began and a number of good shots were obtained. Then we headed N on US 163 to mile marker 13 and got some night shots looking back south; we would have gotten some good ones with the moon illuminating the rocks had we waited till midnight ... it was cold, it was windy and we were hungry so it was back to Goulding's for dinner, some lively discussions and then rest. This time of year the rates are quite low and I rented a 3 bedroom house for less than one hundred per night and it was very nice. Early this morning it was back up US 163 to get rising morning light on the monuments and after we finished that it was back to Mile 13 to get some shots looking back. In the movie this was the view shot from the center line, so it seemed a good idea to do the same. Derek said that you have twenty seconds from the time you here an approaching vehicle behind you to clear or be splatted ... he cut it closer than me. Many other fine shots which will come later including the full moon rising between the thumb and hand of West Mitten.
Derek is a very fine Landscape photographer and you can see his work on display in the new Wayne B Light Gallery on Soldiers Pass in Sedona and also see his images at: http://www.pbase.com/sedonamemories and if you are interested in a photo workshop (he is doing one at Monument Valley in March) check out: http://southwestperspectives.com/ . Very well worth the time and cash if you want to improve your photographic skills in Landscape photography.
Anyhow, we had a blast, got some great shots and drove back to Sedona this afternoon. Goulding's has a nice private air strip on the property so a trip for a combination of ground and aerial photography is being planned up there next month. It has been some years since I saw Forrest Gump, so I watched it again tonight ... diet Pepsi, two slices of pizza and a small Greek salad. Enjoyed it all!
Off to Performance One Aviation at Falcon Field a little later this morning to have some work done on the Lambada and a friend is going to pick me up and we're going out to the Gilbert Riparian area to do some more shooting where I got the White Heron earlier this month. Should be fun and then back to Sedona before dark. Life is good and we are blessed! And thanks to Anne for taking care of One when I am absent. Anne Snowden Crosman is a remarkable person; author, CBS and NBC Radio Network Correspondent in the USA and abroad ... a fabulous career and she continues to write and give her time to charities and schools. Her latest book "The New Immigrants, American Success Stories" can be purchased at: http://www.amazon.com/The-New-Immigrants-American-Success-ebook/dp/B007JPNLHI - thank you Anne.
A wrap on the day ... mere hours to a fix of espresso, and then into the air again and another wonderful day unfolds ... as it should.
Smiles and blessings
If ever there comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever.