The last time I wrote about Ted Grussing, he had just taken me up in Mariah, his two seater motor-glider, for a ride of a lifetime. That was more than two years ago. This past December we returned to Sedona for a visit. Ted, always generous, always living his life to the fullest, invited us for a three-hour birding photo shoot on Lake Pleasant just north of Phoenix. Ted is out on Lake Pleasant at least once, if not twice, every week. He knows every curve of the shore, every inlet and every kind of bird who makes Lake Watson a stopping place.
Martin got some great shots. Ted, whose lens brings birds so close you see the whites of their eyes, snapped some jaw-droppers. I nabbed my first blue heron. It was a total thrill. Didn’t top the plane ride in Mariah two years ago, but any outing with Ted is unforgettable.
Eagle photo, above, courtesy of Ted Grussing
Heron photo, left, courtesy of Debra Darvick