David Lindo, The Urban Birder   Leave a comment

David LindoDavid Lindo (London, England), The Urban Birder at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center — Image by kenne

As a blogger, I follow a lot of bloggers, mostly those into music, poetry,
and nature photography. One of my favorite blogs is Michael Stevenson’s “The Hobbledehoy.”  

Yesterday (08/09/20), Michael reblogged “A month in the life of The Urban Birder, David Lindo.
” Right away, I thought, “I know who David Lindo is.” Why do I know him?
In February of 2013, David presented to the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN)
in Tucson, Arizona.

I videoed the presentation, which was about 45 minutes. The idea was to make
it available in the SCVN library or on our website.
Well, without going into the details, it didn’t happen.

So, after Michael posted the article from Country Living,
I decided to reduce the length of his presentation and put it on YouTube.

This happening here in Tucson took place long before the Karens of the world were making news in Central Park.

— kenne

Palm Berries   Leave a comment

Palm Berries-Art-72Palm Berries — Photo-Artistry by kenne

We are not alone.

The world is changing,

and we are part of the transformation.

— Paulo Coelho

Nothing Gold Can Stay   1 comment

Golden Columbine WildflowerGolden Columbine — 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 today.

Nothing gold can stay.

— Robert Frost

 

 

Bougainvillea & Sunsets December 2012Sunset — Image by kenne

 

Music Explosion   Leave a comment

This Photo-Artistry was first posted on August 1, 2009. — kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being

Music ExplosionMusic Explosion– Photo-Artistry by kenne

Words filling the air
Expressing an enchanted
Anecdotal truth

— kenne

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Prickly Pear Art   Leave a comment

Prickly Pear ArtPrickly Pear Art — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Did you ever

trip and fall

on a cactus?

Try hiking

Blackett’s Ridge

in the light of

a full moon.

— kenne

Choices   Leave a comment

Rufous Hummingbird“Choices” Rufous Hummingbird Near Macromeria Blossoms — Image by kenne

 

Capturing The Moment — Agave Fenceline   Leave a comment

This image was taken six years — kenne ago along Oracle Ridge Trail. The Bighorn Fire destroyed all the vegetation on the ridge. — kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being

Agave Blooms (1 of 1) blog IIAgave Fenceline — Image by kenne

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Dead Limbs In A Black And Gray Box Window   Leave a comment

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Dead Tree (1 of 1)-9 B-W blogDead Tree In A Black And Gray Box Window — Image by kenne

Look through the window

Hooting outstretched dead limbs

Touch me if you can.

— kenne

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Bolivian Cholita Women   Leave a comment

BoliviaCholita Women In La Paz, Bolivia (08/19/19) — Image by kenne

City of the full moon & speckled dove, of breathlessness,
thin air spiked with smog & the clay-colored fingers
of La Cordillera Real cutting a serrated skyline
behind grey buildings. City of black-haired women,
stout cholas sharpening their eyes under
the curled brim of a bowler hat
tipped to one side, their shoulders swimming in shawls,
hips wobbling the hem of a bell skirt. City
of open-air markets where chilies spill from burlap sacks
wrapped around the vendors like colors in a palette
running from rust to buttercup yellow.

— from “Boarding an Overnight Bus – La Paz, Bolivia” by Marty Saunders

La Paz, Bolivia Buildings   Leave a comment

BoliviaLa Paz Buildings (08/17/19) — Image by kenne

Bolivia

Perhaps instead of expecting things
Expecting everything to end the way you think,
It is better to leave them to the unknown.
To leave them empty so as you travel,
As you evolve…
And the pages will follow.

— Andrea

A Recent Drive Up The Catalina Highway To Ski Valley   3 comments

Yesterday (08/05/20), I drove up the Catalina Highway to Mt. Lemmon. The highway was opened to the general public last Saturday morning for the first time since the Bighorn Fire began in early June. The mountain town of Summerheaven, successfully protected from the fire, is now open for business, although still having to follow HOVID-19 business regulations in Arizona.

Oricle Ridge-72Oracle Ridge and Mt. Lemmon Fire Station

Before entering Summerheaven, there are two ridges going north; Red Ridge and Oracle Ridge. Both ridges were severely burned during the 2003 Aspen Fire that destroyed almost all the homes in Summerheaven. Over the years since the Aspen Fire, the forest canopy has still not returned on these ridges. However, a lot of ground cover containing some bushes and small trees had returned. On June 17th, the two ridges were again burned. On June 19th, I posted two time-delay videos of the fire coming through the area pictured in the above photo. The fire station and most of the pines behind it were spared — not true of the storage building and new growth since the 2003 fire. It has now been 50 days since the fire occurred. Note how green the scared area has become with the return of ferns on the mountain slopes.

Except for the highway and Summerheaven, the public is not allowed to go anywhere in the National Forest. From what I was able to observe from the highway, most of the hiking trails with trailheads near the highway are ok, at least partially. Parts of Lower Butterfly Trail and Green Mountain Trail don’t look good from a distance.

My guess is that the trails in the forest around Summerheaven were burned like the two ridges north of Summerheaven. From a review of burn scar maps, the Marshall Gulch area to the north and west, which would include Carter Canyon, has been badly burned. For those of you who hike this area, It’s possible a lot of the Marshall and Mint Springs trails were destroyed. We may not know until November.

Since Sabino Creek originates along the Marshall Gulch Trail, the monsoon rains can result in a lot of potential flash flooding coming down through Sabino Canyon. So far, the rain amounts are very below average, but we are still in the monsoon season.

— kenne

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What Is There Not To Like About The Olive Tree?   Leave a comment

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Olives (1 of 1) blogOlives — Image by kenne

The Olive Tree

What is there not to like about the olive tree?

It’s oil

It’s color

It’s shape

It’s beauty

It’s history

It’s toughness

It’s usefulness

It’s hard wood

It’s fascination

It’s symbolism —

 peace, abundance, the Holy Spirit

What is there not to like about the olive tree?

— kenne

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Illimani As Seen from La Paz   2 comments

BoliviaIllimani As Seen from La Paz, Bolivia (08/18/19)– Image by kenne

The Legend of the Illimani and Mururata

The Legend of the Illimani and Mururata,

a story of mountains in which,

takes place in the middle of the Andes,

in a country divided by mountains,

Bolivia.

 

The Legend goes as follows,

long ago,

there were four lords watching over the Andes.

 

Huayna Potosi, Lord of stone

Illampu, Lord of light

Mururata, Lord of air

and lastly,

Illimani, lord of water.

 

They were ruled by the main god,

Viracocha,

who favored Illimani the most.

 

Mururata envied that Illimani was favored,

so much so,

that he started a brawl between him and Illimani,

that went on for years,

until Illimani had won.

 

As punishment to Mururata,

for causing too much trouble,

he was beheaded,

and his peak,

was left in the Andean plains.

 

If you look up,

La Paz, Bolivia,

you will come to find a beautiful mountain,

watching over the city,

that is Illimani.

 

— Marcelo_lelo12

Camphorweed Grunge Art Revisited   Leave a comment

camphorweed-1-of-1-3-grunge-art-blogCamphorweed (10/07/16) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

nature

is the cradle

providing a

dominion

for my images. 

each image

has its place,

putting down

roots

in wandering 

eyes

passing by.

— kenne

 

Painted Lady Butterfly Computer Painting   2 comments

Looking back five years (08/02/15) — kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being

Painted Lady (1 of 1) Art blogPainted Lady Butterfly — Photo-Artistry by kenne

I love photographing flowers,
except when it’s windy.

Photographing butterflies
can be frustrating —

they keep moving whether
or not, the wind is blowing.

Once I have the photograph
I can say things painting

in colors and layers
I can’t say with words.

— kenne

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