Change in the phase. Change of scene. Reason to be happy. Planets align and who knows what?

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Spent last weekend out where I could see the horizons in the Desert. It was nice for sure. Played with dogs and they played with me too. Sipped a little bourbon and listened to Coyotes. No way to describe it but a bit of magic. Good for the soul. More down and dirty video in Premiere. Shooting stills in RAW format and drawing …of course! Of course. Got to draw.

 

 

Added more images last weekend while looking at the night sky in Marana, AZ

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Shot these time exposures in Marana last weekend. Using noise reduction mode that looks for static and corrects it, I shot with an exposure of 60 seconds at F 2.0 and then the noise reduction process cleaned it up. It is interesting that the earth rotation for only a minute shows trails from each of the stars and planets. We’re spinning at 22,500 mph. Listening to distant coyotes and dogs and that rotation speed doesn’t produce a clear thought wave. I’ll go bulb setting on the shots next time and go at least 160 seconds. I can go to a smaller aperture and get more critical focus. Back in New Jersey I shot at night and saw squirrels out for a bite in the dark sitting on tree limbs with little or no motion. Digital versus film – apparently my camera also sees infrared and I used to get red flowers on the Cherry tree in color despite only a bit of light pollution and starlight as the lighting source. All good fun in the experimentation. Enjoyable. But… what if I do this? Or that? – yep.

 

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©2018 WBeauchamp Beneath an SR-71 Blackbird in the Pima Air & Space Museum

That visit to the Air & Space Museum was a lot of fun. Still editing my video and graphics. Started drawing a Constellation. Classic retro design. Trans World Airlines.

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©2018 WBeauchamp Beneath an SR-71 Blackbird in the Pima Air & Space Museum

Standing beneath an SR-71 Blackbird in the Pima Air & Space Museum. I remember a series of booms off the entire New Jersey coast. Navy claimed that they didn’t have anything to do with it… Finally, years later, it came out that they were multiple sonic booms from clandestine missions of the SR-71 returning from Soviet Airspace. Took the length of the New Jersey coast to slow down enough to land in New York state. Seriously fast.  Awesome then. Awesome now.

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Hope you can see this shot Comrade??? Wow.

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When the mercury rises… Head straight upward… to about 9000 feet. More manageable temperatures.

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On Sunday as the Tucson, Arizona temperature rose to 106°F at ground level, I was fortunate to be able to join April and my friend Will and travel up to Summerhaven atop Mount Lemmon. It was nice up there for sure. Wide open views, towering hoodoos, pine forest and ski area made for a really nice change. I went from photographing blooming Prickly Pear at the base to shooting fiddlehead ferns in the shady pine forest. The views out toward the horizon were pretty spectacular. Enjoyed a Raven at the ski area and some large jays…. as well as some sparrow sized birds with a bright spot of orange just behind the eyes. Saw a turkey looking for scratch down the hill.

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This is looking north up toward Oracle and San Manuel. In the foreground a hen turkey was hunting up food. Gorgeous. Hoodoos are visible lower right beyond the pines

I was absolutely a tourist up there. Digital still camera in one hand and a video camera in the other, I managed to obtain some nice images that I’ll work some drawings from. Most of all I got an idea of what’s up there and will target a few spots in some watercolors soon. If my “Mind’s Eye” images were real now… I’m ready for a gallery show! So when it comes to Mount Lemmon – I give it two thumbs up. Excellent.

 

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All images this post are Copyright ©2018 William C Beauchamp – Tucson, AZ  85716
Currently editing a video that I will post to my YouTube space and link back to this article
as you can see… quite picturesque. Loved it.

 

Renewal. Happens every year. Rhythm.

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Seasonal shift is happening here in Southern Arizona and I’m seeing more atmospheric effect lately. There was a fresh snow on the Catalina Mountains and Mount Lemmon last week and it is gone. Just passing through. Could be thunderstorms just about any day. Or… we could see snow showers again. Volatile, unstable, air mass.

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Meanwhile – some of the Mesquite trees are blooming and the recent rains have the desert greening up and leaves coming out. Mockingbirds are joining the Hummingbirds that have been a little agitated for maybe a month. Temperatures could be up – cooking out there again… a reminder that we are in the Sonoran Desert.  I even used my Weber grill Sunday night and cooked up some hamburgers.

I think that our skies need to remind the F-22 fighters that they are only borrowing a little real estate… We do indeed know who is really in charge. It is awesome.

Further East the whole area is waking up and soon the tornadoes will be numerous in the clash between seasons. Along the East Coast, Winter Storm Warnings have been posted for a second round of strong weather following last week’s Nor’Easter.

Buffalo Moon

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lunarI’d been looking through a bunch of historic photos and I decided to see what Winchester and Remington Arms Companies had for Advertising those bygone days of big game buffalo hunting. Nothing that I saw concentrated on the Buffalo. Looking at more photos showed enormous piles of buffalo skulls and deep piles of hides ready for market. There was a lot of waste for sure. These were amazing times with conflicting events. First airplane flights were being made while buffalo were still being indiscriminately harvested. America was surging forward and we all thought we’d never run out of Rubber Trees or Beaver skins or Buffalo? We’d seen photos of Buffalo herds so large that they eluded description. Run out of these things? Sure… Just like we’ll run out of clouds in the sky. It didn’t seem very likely. Ladies hats and Herons or Egrets… Surely we’d never run out of these vast natural resources. Redwood forests. moonbuffCarving homes out of the wood of a single giant. Keep the coal coming too. We’ll need to make more rails and power those trains that will bring our bounties home. Take it all and don’t put any back. Living off the land. The dust bowl. Take. Take. Take. 

There was and is a romance to hunting and fishing. The guy against the elements. Doing battle with the beast and bringing it home for dinner. Squirrels and Rabbits in West Virginia or Whitetail Deer or Black Bear. Opossum and Raccoon. We could never run out of all this stuff. Could we? Greasy luck to Whalers!

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Salmon in the Northwest and Alaska. Vast stores. Canneries. Thank goodness we learned how to grow Corn and really grow it well.  Oil bubbles right up out of the ground. How could you ever run out of that? Tuna Salad Sandwiches… Don’t have to worry about them right. All kinds of different brands right there in the grocery store. Even comes in seasoned pouches now.

I guess my bubble popped when I heard that there wasn’t a square inch on the surface of our earth that hasn’t been mapped and photographed now. Nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide. There goes the romance of getting “off the grid.” Nothing is off the grid anymore. Every trail seemingly has an end. Things are not forever. Whether we fantasize that or not.

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This is also available as a Beach Towel… How ’bout that?

I will continue to dream of the good old days when Mother Earth was a Supermarket.
She still is – but the shelves need stocking again. Innocence lost…

I’d like to recommend another significant Digital Resource.

 

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Awesome Blues of the Ass Kicking Variety…
I listen to it while I draw and write. I’ve discovered songs by Joe Bonamassa there, Stevie Ray Vaughn, BB Chung King, Thunderhawks, old time Blues by Robert Johnson, etc. It covers the entire Blues spectrum. Absolutely the best.

It is a station worth your time and worth your donation dollars too.

A bit warmish in Tucson, AZ… yes indeed

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Monsoon Season will be starting very soon. The heat energy is amazing here. Have seen buildups a couple of afternoons now. Tomorrow we have a Fire Weather warning as we’ll have high winds to accompany the heat and lack of humidity. Tinder is everywhere. You know how it is when you blow into the fire to get it going…? Blowtorch.

All the little reptiles are running around and when I was walking to C3 Communications yesterday morning – the Geico Gecko was sighted running around. Honestly a nice sized Gecko took off into the garden in front of the Mall parking lot.

Not too comforting when you look at the 10 day temperatures shown above.