The other day, I was painting out on the deck of our condo in the Vail Valley. I had my pastel colors spread out, as usual, and decided to take a break inside. I was gone for a while and when I returned it was quitting time for the day. I put my Schminkes in their places in the box but couldn't find one of the colors. I looked high and low for it and never found it.
That night, I woke up and suspected I knew what happened to it. There are big birds here that are notorious for stealing food out of golf carts. They are called magpies or robber jays. You have to be sure you conceal your food whenever you leave your golf cart and walk to your ball or you might see that bird flying away with your package of chips or sandwich in its mouth! I looked at my pastels and decided the color that was missing was red, bright blue-red, the color of a ripe berry, exactly what a bird would love to eat! I hope it had a bad case of indigestion!