Queen Butterflies In Pima Canyon   3 comments

Queen butterflies In Pima Canyon — Images by kenne
(Click on any of the images for larger view in a slideshow format.)


From cocoon forth a butterfly
As lady from her door
Emerged — a summer afternoon —
Repairing everywhere,

Without design, that I could trace,
Except to stray abroad
On miscellaneous enterprise
The clovers understood.

Her pretty parasol was seen
Contracting in a field
Where men made hay, then struggling hard
With an opposing cloud,

Where parties, phantom as herself,
To Nowhere seemed to go
In purposeless circumference,
As ‘t were a tropic show.

And notwithstanding bee that worked,
And flower that zealous blew,
This audience of idleness
Disdained them, from the sky,

Till sundown crept, a steady tide,
And men that made the hay,
And afternoon, and butterfly,
Extinguished in its sea.

– Emily Dickinson

Capturing The Moment — Mountain Marigold   Leave a comment

Wildflower (1 of 1) Art blogMountain Marigold, Madera Canyon (October 27,2014) — Image by kenne

Mountain Marigold

Competing with fall colors,

All winners here.

– kenne

Tanque Verde 2nd Grade Field Trip   3 comments

As a Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist,  I enjoy teaching children about nature — thanks for sharing, Cathy. It was a pleasure to be with polite, inquisitive  children interested in learning about nature.

Life is good and I love it!


Shadows On Her Wings   Leave a comment

Queen Butterfly (1 of 1)-5 Art-2 blog“Shadows On Her Wings,” Queen Butterfly — Image by kenne

Shadows on her wings

Dancing in the morning sun

My queen for a day.

– kenne


Morning Clouds Moving On, Madera Canyon   3 comments

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Sunrise (1 of 1)-3 blogMorning Clouds Moving On, Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains — Images by kenne

An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.

– Henry David Thoreau


The Desert Spiny Lizard’s Cousin   2 comments

Mountain Spiny Lizard at Roger’s Rock In Madera Canyon, Santa Rita Mountains — Images by kenne
(Click on any of the images for larger view in a slideshow format.)

For those of us who live near the Santa Catalina Mountains, Madera Canyon in the Santa Catalina Mountains is about an hour and twenty minutes drive. There are a lot of reasons to love the canyon, rated the third best birding destination in the United States. Yesterday, the Monday Morning Milers hiked one of the canyon’s many trails to Roger’s Rock where I have captured many vista photographs in the past and did the same yesterday. One of the things that made this hike different from past hikes was seeing the mountain spiny lizard captured in this posting. The colors of this guy were very prominent, sunning in the 6,500 feet elevation cool mountain air. I have learned that every hike, even on the same trail, has something new and impressive to see. 

– kenne

You’ve got to get out
and pray to the sky
to appreciate the sunshine;
otherwise you’re
just a lizard
standing there
with the sun shining on you.

– Ken Kesey

My Chautauqua Path   2 comments

Bear Wollow (1 of 1)Colors blogBear Wallow Trail, Mt. Lemmon (October 21, 2014) — Image by kenne

Mountain trails have become

my Chautauqua path 

where nature is my teacher,

where I learn to see things 

in their immediate appearance (Beauty)

and the relationship to their 

underlying form (Science).

Each is a part of reality,

one more surface,

the other more effect. 

Nature teaches us to think

in a harmonious way

blending the two realities,

not separating one from the other.

To see them as a 

dichotomous vision

results in our reality

being incomplete, false.

To accept the false dichotomy is easy,

our choices are comfortable —

black or white.

Thought that blends the two  

often generates hostility from both sides. 

For many, we learn to live

with the hostility by listening to nature

through which we can practice

creative intercourse among peoples.

– kenne


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