Shuttered From The Heat   Leave a comment

Tucson Window — Sketching by kenne

Desert’s mid-day sun

We seek cool places inside

Shuttered from the heat.

— kenne


Orange Sulphur Butterfly — The Brightside of Darkness   1 comment

Orange Sulphur Butterfly — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The Brightside of Darkness

Highway Politics In The South   1 comment

Political signs were a common sight on our August road trip, especially in Texas and the southeast.— Image by kenne

“You are never dedicated to something you have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun
is going to rise tomorrow. They know it’s going to rise tomorrow. When people are fanatically dedicated to political
or religious faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it’s always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt.”

— from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

HAPPY 18th BIRTHDAY, KATELYN   2 comments

Katelyn with Her Aunt Kate (July 2021)

When you look at me, you see the past.
When I look at you, I see the future and
Feel good about things to come.

— kenne

Capturing the Word — The Now   Leave a comment

Becoming is Superior to Being

Photo-Artistry by kenne

The Now

(In the Zen of the now,
past and future exist as one.)

Living for the moment
Creates a false state of being,
Of setting you free.
Forget the moment; live for the now.

Being in the moment is to
Have a beginning and an end,
Boundaries where you cannot be free.
Forget the moment; live for the now.

Having a beginning and an end
It is not to have a past nor a future,
Without which, you cannot be free.
Forget the moment; live for the now.

Self-fulfilling nature of the moment
Creates fear of the unknown —
Fear the unknown is not to be free.
Forget the moment; live for the now.

Experiencing the now is to
Know the past and learn of the future,
Releasing fear and setting you free.
Forget the moment; live for the now.

Learning takes place only in the…

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Sneezeweed Art   Leave a comment

Sneezeweed Art by kenne

Green to blue

Yellow to orange

New to old

— kenne

Chasing Life’s Horizons   Leave a comment

Hiking Rock Creek Trail (August 6, 2006) — Images by kenne

Chasing Life’s Horizons

Ain’t nothing better

than hiking through

a window in the sky —

the air is fresh,

the sky is blue,

a magical mystery

in a world of horizons

far as the eye can see.

Chased by every hiker,

a vision soon left behind

only to be replaced

by another, another 

magical mystery.

— kenne

Rock Creek is a beautiful Eastern Sierra backcountry canyon in the John Muir Wilderness (Jerry, George, and Kenne, August 6, 2006)

“Art is the funnel, as it were, through which spirit is poured into life.”

― Thomas Mann

Imagine . . .   Leave a comment

The poem was first posted September 13, 2011. — kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being

Imagine . . .

pictures not seen
words not read
voices not heard
skins not touched

. . . now, imagine seeing the future.

Imagine . . .

artists not painting
poets not writing
singers not singing
lovers not embracing

. . . now, imagine seeing the future.

Imagine . . .

a rush of wind coming down
from the mountaintop –
if you listen,
you can foretell the future

. . . now, imagine seeing the future.

Imagine . . .

staring at a canvass
brush in hand
listen to yourself
you will paint the future

. . . now, imagine seeing the future.


— kenne

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Kenne Squared   Leave a comment

Kenne Squared — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“All that is transitory is but a metaphor.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

SCVN Nature Walk #2 In Sabino Canyon   Leave a comment

Ten years ago, I began training to become a Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist (SCVN). When we first moved to Tucson, the one thing I knew for sure was that I wanted to spend as much time as possible with nature. Becoming a naturalist has made that happen in ways I could have never dreamed. — kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being

“On the Trail” — Image by kenne

The Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists training, Class of 2011, meets every Monday this fall. A recent class was on herpetology, which included the study of amphibians and reptiles. These animals are among the most numerous in the canyon but are the most camouflaged, making them difficult to observe on a nature walk. This posting contains some of the sightings during a recent nature walk focused on observing amphibians and reptiles. As you will see, any focused nature walk will still observe other wildlife and take advantage of “the teaching moment” along trails in the canyon.

Our naturalist leaders describe the characteristics and adaptations of the reptiles we may encounter. Unfortunately, even with their help, some lizards may look alike, making it difficult to name. I’ve tried to name the lizards I have photographed, but you will see some are just labeled…

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Mt. Lemmon Columbine   1 comment

Mt. Lemmon Columbine — Image by kenne 

I hold no preference among flowers,

so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous.

— Edward Abbey

Let Us Build Bridges   1 comment

Selma, Alabama is the Ninth Poorest City in Amarica Per Capital (August 10, 2021)
Selma Gave America the Right to Call Itself A Democracy

We still have many bridges to CROSS,
So come on ya’ll and LET US!

Let us start, Yes you and me
With a simple and easy decree,
To do something simple, EVERYDAY,
To uplift Ourselves and Our Families,
In small, Nugget-size Ways!


When STONES are THROWN to Slay
We Must, We WILL, We SHALL, build
bridges instead of walls!

And so,

We catch their stones and build
bridges of Respect and LOVE for
Ourselves, Our Families, and ALL
Communities who share this World!

We catch their stones and build 
bridges because, EVERYONE 
matters equally in the World!

— from “REFLECTING on Selma Alabama” by D. Olivia Jones

Santa Catalina Indian Paintbrush   1 comment

Santa Catalina Indian Paintbrush — Image by kenne

Love is like wildflowers;
It’s often found in the most unlikely places.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is Still Time   Leave a comment


by Ethel Mortenson Davis

But there is still a sunrise this morning,
red for rain.
We can still count the stars in Orion
and see the night sky.
There is still a dog at the end of the bed.
He is a guardian of our souls.
There is time to reach beyond smallness
that resides in our hearts.

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Posted September 19, 2021 by kenneturner in Information

Hiking Box Camp Trail   Leave a comment

Hiking Up Box Camp Trail In The Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

The Tucson basin

Santa Rita’s to the south

Hiking Box Camp trail


Leaving the tall pines

An existential moment


— kenne

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