Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Southern Arizona

My daughter and I have just returned form a rather relaxing and thoroughly delightful week in the sun; birding, sketching, oohing and ahhhing over wildflowers, wandering under the blue skies and sun.

Saw the Tucson Plein Air Painters annual members show at The Desert Museum. Absolutely top notch paintings...some real prizewinners...with surprisingly scant sales. Not sure if that is a reflection on the economy or the fact that the Desert Museum is not really a sales is a wonderful education facility; zoology, ecology and horticulture. It seems to draw me in on each trip to Tucson...I can't resist seeing cougars, rattlers and that adorable little elf owl close-up. The highlight this time was the "Raptor Free Flight" in which a trained-to-return Harris Hawk family flew literally inches over our heads to land on their handlers' gloved hands...and then returned to their soaring. That was exciting, enlightening and oh-so beautiful.

This is a page from my sketchbook done in the garden at Indian Hill B&B...a record of a meditative hour or so, pen and inking for the pure pleasure of it.

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