The Hive Encaustic went dormant last week as I had to travel for work to Denver, Colorado. I went to a place called the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. This is high prairie, cold and windswept, and the prairie grasses and few scant trees were as brown as toast.
The only geologic features visible (except for the Rocky Mountains themselves) were huge mesa-shaped piles of old runway material from the now-defunct Stapleton Airport. I heard the runways were 60 feet thick! That makes a lot of asphalt. I didn’t get any photos of the urbanite mesas because I was so busy snapping pix of buffalo:
The Arsenal has a heard of about 300 head of bison. Can you believe that millions of these amazing animals once roamed the prairies? And what happened to them all, hmmm? I guess it only makes sense that the same government that presided at their eradication would install them at a site once used to manufacture deadly sarin gas. Bitter? Moi?
I returned home to be greeted by this crazy face:
Next week, it’s back to ebook hell. Will I never be done? It’s a simple little encaustic materials handbook. It shouldn’t take that long but here I am, embarking on my third draft of edits.
Francis Pratt Update
But quit whining! A reprint of Francis Pratt and Becca Fizell’s 1949 classic Encaustic Materials and Methods is about to be re-released in a facsimile edition with an introduction by me and a longer essay by The Theory. Oooh baby! Go here to read more about it.