Our Sun Conure, Baboo Birdie, took advantage of Rudy the Westies bad behavior in running out the front door to produce sufficient lift to gather momentum and depart the earth’s gravitational bonds. She flew out the door. AND… not just a little. This bird was up and gone. Nowhere to be found. We looked for her for hours and as night fell so did our hopes of locating this little parrot. About the size of a Jay with slightly longer tail feathers and finger feathers on her wings.
We had never had any problems with the bird before. No escape attempts. No flights into a closed glass patio or deck door. Just a hop back and forth between my shoulder or Sue’s from the top of her cage or play stand. But despite all the lack of indication of trouble… she was gone.
Sue went onto the local pages at Facebook and the good people of Red Rock responded. We thank each and every one of them. Specifically the sighting that gave us any hope that the bird was still alive. The night prior was cold and wet and I was pretty sure that she’d have been gone from exposure to the elements. Worse than the cold was the potential of being consumed by one of the Sonoran Desert’s sizable Raptor population. I saw an Owl the other day and seem to continually see a flow of Red Tails and Coopers Hawks. This little orange and yellow puff ball would only be an appetizer to one of the larger birds.
Been seeing plenty of Ravens of late. Only one or two at a time flying over with their distinctive “gronk”. These are only the aerial threats. I saw a black cat in the edge of the retention basin that night. Beady little yellow eyes. They would able to smell the bird as well as see it. We were driving from mailbox to mailbox putting some flyers up about the missing bird. Seeing that cat didn’t make me feel any better that night. We went back after all the pieces that we’d posted and trashed them after our bird was safely back at home. We had a couple nights of fog and incredible condensation that pretty much reduced the inkjet prints into watercolors.
Speaking of watercolors, we met the nice people at the Southern Arizona Art Guild that Sue and I have just become members of (referred to as SAAG) in Tucson this past Saturday morning. It seems that they have lots of interesting things going on. I look forward to seeing them again next time. It was a good program and presentation.
As with the above I have lots of stuff happening with the art and will be posting excerpts or drawings as I go. Somewhat traumatized as usual by the Holiday Season and Christmas is quite close and far, far, away at the same time. That might seem cryptic but it really shouldn’t. We all have memories. Call them ghosts if you like. A remembering of my grandparents, parents, brother and those family times. The Christmas cookies, fruitcakes, and dinners. The stories. On the other hand I had several Christmas timeframes while living in Puerto Rico. We had black snow from the cane fields… Three Kings Day… The memories may lose some of their sharp focus but they don’t fade.
Got to get outside into the environment
What a great day it is today. Comfortable temperatures and a reduced population of mosquitoes. I was out on Sasco Road and looking over a good portion of the Red Rock community. I’ve never drawn or painted sagebrush, tumbleweeds, or the Palo Verde trees. The varying colors of sand and rocks make for an interesting change that I’ve never dealt with before. The foliage ground cover has a lot of varigation. Yellow green, Dark Olive green, then a red brown transition that then changes to gray. Some of the old growth has broken off and bleached out under the plant. These offer whitish bone-like contrast that is different and interesting in itself. Look for more sketches and photos that I’ll acquire as I find my way around the area.
Lots to do. I see that a storm is settling into the northern Midwest. It is very comfortable here. Lots to do. Need to fix my drawing board’s flat file draw so that it doesn’t pucker open because of the papers weight. If I can find my longer staples I’ll put down a bead of glue and staple the bottom to hold it tightly. That paper needs to be stored just right so that we avoid any deterioration or discoloration. I need to see some more sights and join some art/graphic organizations and get to know other people around here that do the same thing and have some of the same interests that I do.
©2014 William Cauffiel Beauchamp
Sue and I spent a lot of time around Neshaminy Creek in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. One magical Sunday morning I caught these images. The old Pennsylvania Railroad arch architecture exceeded any project that could even be considered for construction today. We only went to this access point on this occasion but it was nice. Other trips to the creek were interested in the more wild or historic aspects.
11/03/2014 2:16:56 PM Arizona
There is a house that has a very different feel along the way in here across from the bar and just across from that vintage AERMOTOR windmill. That house seems like someone grabbed it from back East and just plopped it right down in the farm where it lives. Add Picacho Peak in the background and you feel that it is a view of a very different place. Then… You add a couple of Palm Trees and you wonder what the story is and it seems like it is a TV or Movie set. Now add a bare sand and gravel field and it starts to look like Mars. Toss in some dead trees for props and…
Halloween was a little bit disappointing with the only doorbell ring being one neighbor and her kids. I felt kind of foolish as I kept encouraging Sue to get more candy because this is a big community and I was sure that we’d run out. We carved our pumpkin and took one of our fairly bright LED flashlights and put it inside. Looked good. Always fun to do. Looking forward to it yearly. This time the doorbell was very quiet.
Friday, 11/01/2014 3:25:25 AM MST
The Jetstream is moving around above us now. Temps, even here, are going to drop to the 70s… 40s at night. If you know what you’re seeing – the battle is on. Warm wins.
All images above and throughout this blog – © William C Beauchamp 2014 & © Susan B Beauchamp 2014
What a beautiful day it was here. A nice mix of warm and cold weather clouds. Went to Oro Valley with Sue and she found the store that she was hoping to do a little shopping in. Got some coffee cups and a couple of trays. Brought my camera today and I was glad that I did. The high clouds were stark in appearance from late morning right on til dusk. The red sky was a dramatic end to a great day. And now here it is Halloween. Wishing all a happy day and fine evening.
10/31/2014 3:01:01 AM PST
©William Cauffiel Beauchamp 2014 ©Susan Beth Beauchamp 2014
Sue and I spent some time at Picacho Peak State Park. The closest of the various mountain in our vicinity, Picacho Peak is of volcanic origin and does not display the same weathering that you see with the other nearby ridges. The rock is sharper and darker than the other mountains in the area. Little sand but lots of rock and gravel surround the peak. Nice caves are visible at several spots as are some foliage changes that might indicate a source of water within.
10/21/2014 7:35:51 PM MST All images ©2014 – 2015 William Cauffiel Beauchamp
I have sure enjoyed the Desert ventures into this area. The freight traffic on Union Pacific is phenomenal. We had a Dust Storm on Sunday that sure brought the feeling of the Old West alive. I’ve seen Russell and Remington’s paintings and the studies of NC Wyeth and his eventual use of the environment here in his pieces of historic quality – for instance the series for Cream of Wheat Advertising and his depictions of the halo around the sun in Winter – death. Saw it myself a couple weeks ago while in Picacho Peak State Park. To my surprise after living in the Wyeth country back in Pennsylvania, I am pleased to see the Turkey Vulture alive and well in the Arizona territory as well. The Ravens are great looking birds with a little bit of beard on the neck in addition to the crow look. Generally the Ravens are a larger more solid bird than the Eastern Crow. Much more to come and my drawing boards are really going to get a workout here. Every single day has had a distinctly separate feel from the morning the day before and the night will start to give clue as to where sunset is heading dramatically. New cues for me.
Looking forward to making friends here and having some folks to work with while maintaining on a higher level of consciousness.
Moving forward nicely Westward now. Many miles covered today. The images in this slideshow are ©Sue Beauchamp and ©WC Beauchamp. Many feelings about the territory transition. The ground reaches up and talks to you. The plains with controlled burns going told their history pretty clearly. Seeing an Armadillo was a first time thing for me. The pinkish red sunset was phenomenal and showed more smoke rising from the agricultural burns. Very beautiful sphere of the sun set tonight. We moved from I-40 over to I-30 as we passed the glowing taxiway and runway lights of Little Rock Airport and now we are seeing the signs to Hot Springs, Arkansas. So Pennsylvania into Delaware and Maryland, into West Virginia and Virginia across to Tennessee and into Arkansas. If you can do it… take off your blinders and just look at what this wonderful country has to offer. It is worth the effort and your viewpoint will be forever changed. We also drove into Central time this afternoon. The instruments automatically knew that we were in a new time zone. Love it. Need to draw though…
Happy Seventh Wedding Anniversary to you my Sue -
Lots of positive things going on here. Looking forward to all the wonderful new places that await our exploration. The compass is spinning a little. Sure have enjoyed the past few weeks. Great to get out and draw. Your company was awesome. It always is. I sure like the new Strathmore Visual Journals that we picked up. Making marks. Thanks for being my wife. I love you more with every day that passes. About time to file a flight plan… Red Rock perhaps.