Splendid visit to the Pima County Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona today. I like video files I shot more than my still images. Need to pull that video together in Adobe Premiere. Then I’ll link it to this page so you can see it as well.

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Sunday May 13, 2018. Mother’s Day. A day of outstanding visual stimuli at the Pima County Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona. Gusty winds, blowing dust and changeable skies did not keep me from gathering some nice images. All images this blog are copyright – ©2018 William C Beauchamp

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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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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.


Making all these little lines build something visually. This week I explored Prickly Pear Cactus flowers. Came across my reference of Geronimo so I drew him.

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I love doing my line drawings and they are increasing in speed as I go. I am enjoying putting images together of fleeting objects such as flowers that fade. Geronimo is gone but a photo remained and I drew from it. Tomorrow we are hitting 100°F. First time this year. Hand goes on autopilot these days.


Don’t skimp on the Syrup…

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Still loving pancakes. Absolutely loving pancakes. They are the best. I made pancakes for breakfast on Saturday.  They just seem to come out really well here. I don’t understand what it is ? Some combination of the barometer, the humidity, I don’t know. Must be the altitude here… seems to affect the way the pancakes turn out. Then again that’s combined with the viscosity of the batter, the surface of the pan, the exact temperature of the burner and the visual timing on their cooking. Edges losing some gloss. Bubbles popping.  So many factors. If you don’t have a good syrup though… you can make it all for nothing.  I recommend Aunt Jemima’s Buttery flavor. Sure makes a difference.

Rain showers tonight in Tucson. Very changeable weather… Snow was obvious in the clouds this afternoon. Brought out my wide angle lens. Looked around and took a couple images.

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Today was a changeable bit of Spring weather. Snow could be seen aloft but it was quite comfortable at ground level. Just as a tiny marker… Today I resigned my current job as a CSR at the Call Center in Tucson. I need a new job right away. I’ve worked very hard for a lot of years and refuse to be treated poorly by a group of insensitive people. Looking for an Art oriented job here ASAP. Thanks for any leads. March 26, 2018.

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Beats the hell out of wondering if the Winter Flounder metabolism had warmed up enough for them to bite on the outgoing slack tide tomorrow…

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Took some shots waiting for the sun to go down last night. I enjoy the product and will shoot some new ones today. Dust is off the capture device now so I will escalate the activity in my available time. Got a haircut yesterday and I feel more like myself today.

Image making is heating up… Went through the first week of my new work schedule at C3. Very tired. Concentrated on getting reference together and doing some Portraiture this weekend. Digital tune up.

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Today I got up and cleared some old images from my memory cards and charged the rechargeable batteries for my camera. It was supposed to be overcast with showers this morning but it really couldn’t seem to make up its mind. While I couldn’t see the sun it was apparently there anyway. We had a wide rainbow under cloud cover. The sun broke through occasionally and I talked my friend Will Henderson into letting me shoot some simple portraits of him. I shot Olympus RAW format ORFs and some are below this text. I didn’t want anything too fancy – just reference images. They turned out alright.






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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.