Free Flight Into The Wordless   2 comments

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Free Flight into the Wordless” — Image by kenne

Poetry is a deep inner calling in man: from it came liturgy, the

psalms, and also the content of religions. The poet confronted

nature’s phenomena and in the early ages called himself a priest,

to safeguard his vocation. . . . Today’s social poet is still a member

of the earliest order of priests. In the old days he made his

pact with the darkness, and now he must interpret the light.

– Pablo Neruda

TBT — A Newly Found Trophy   Leave a comment

Thanksgiving 2009A Newly Found Trophy — Image by kenne

Pulling tight on the leash

In a tightening stance

Like a newly found trophy.

Or, is it pulling tight

On the leash

In a getaway stance

Like a distance imperative?

– kenne

Naturalist, Alexa Von Bieberstein   4 comments

Alexa (1 of 1) blogAlexa Von Bieberstein has been a Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist since 2007, and I have had the pleasure working with her since 2011 in the SCVN elementary school program on Thursdays. Last Thursday we said goodbye to Alexa since she will be returning to Germany, although she and her husband will be keeping their home here in Tucson. As a “going away” gift, the Thursday group of naturalists gave her a print of Phil Bentley’s photo of Sabino Canyon with snow on the mountains. Although Alexa loves the Sonoran Desert, she also loves snow.

Thimble Peak-8729-2 blog AlexaAlexa is also an enthusiastic hiker. A little over a year ago we hike to Thimble Peak, high above Sabino Canyon. Here Phil is taking her picture with Thimble Peak in the background.

Thimble Peak-8687 blog AlexaIn addition to Alexa, Phil and I, Ed Rawl and Tim Ralph completed the group hiking to Thimble peak. (Click here to see my posting on the Thimble Peak hike.) We will all miss her cheerful smile and look forward to seeing her again soon. Knowing Alexa has helped keep my thimble full.

A Thimble Full Of Life

All one needs
in life is

a thimble full of
this and that
to experience life. 

We determine
makes up

what makes up

Do you have a thimble full?

– kenne


Alexa Goodbyes



Nothing Gold Can Stay   5 comments

Leaves (1 of 1) blog“Nothing Gold Can Stay”  — Image by kenne

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature’s first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold,

Her early leaf’s a flower;

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay.

– Robert Frost

Tucson 4th Avenue Street Fair Snapshots   Leave a comment

Folks sip margaritas and beer,
smoke babyback ribs, gorge themselves
on sweet corn and watermelon,
clamoring for the yearly fireworks show,
patriotic bombs bursting in air
to celebrate the unalienable rights
to send aliens back where they came from
and to treat everyone as an illegal
just for breathing the air of liberty
in the land of the free and home of the brave.
Storm clouds build on the mountains,
gusts whipping through the valley
shaking ancient saguaro to the roots.

Sonoran Monsoon Season by Audell Shelburne


Tucson 4th Avenue Street Fair Snapshots (December 13, 2014) Images by kenne


Capturing The Moment — Exploring The Desert Purple Haze   Leave a comment

Milagrosa Loop (1 of 1)-17_art blogExploring the Desert Purple Haze — Image by kenne

Purple Haze all in my brain,
lately things don’t seem the same,
actin’ funny but I don’t know why
‘scuse me while I kiss the sky.

– from Purple Haze, by Jimi Hendrix


“We shall not cease from exploration,
and the end of all our exploring
will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time.”

– T. S. Eliot

“Such a Beautiful Tree . . .”   Leave a comment

Sunset On The Trails & Sabino CanyonTree of Life — Image by kenne

Such a beautiful tree —
so representative of life.
Yet, we often see beauty
only in the foliage and blossoms
nature provides in one of life’s stages.

Beauty is everywhere –
there is beauty in death,
marking the stage so important
in the cycles of life.

This tree (image of) is amazing,
a sculpture in the face of the sun,
containing the shapes we use
to design our places in this world.

What image do you present
in the face of the sun?
Does it add?
Does it subtract?

Be honest!



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