Gray Bird Grasshopper   Leave a comment

Gray Bird Grasshopper — Images by kenne

Schistocerca nitens is a species of grasshopper known by several names, including vagrant grasshopper
and gray bird grasshopper. It is a close relative of the desert locust, which is in the same genus. This grasshopper
is native to southern North America including Mexico and the south-western United States from California to Texas.
Can also be found in parts of mid-Atlantic states. Recently found on Long Island, New York. It is also present in parts
of Central America. It lives in many habitats including desert, woodland, and lower elevation mountainous areas.
It is a large grasshopper, reaching lengths of 4 to 7 centimeters. It is mostly brown and gray spotted or patched
in cryptic coloration. This species is known as a pest on ornamental plants and many types of crop plants. — 
Source: Wikipedia

A 4th 0f July Bath — Photo Essay   6 comments

On this 4th of July morning, I observed a Cooper’s Hawk bathing in our patio fountain.
Many birds drink from the fountain and occasionally will splash water on themselves.
However
, this morning was the first time I witnessed a hawk bathing in the water.

— kenne

Images by kenne

Flycatcher Art: The Unattended Moment   Leave a comment

Flycatcher in Flight — Photo-Artistry by kenne

For most of us,
There is only the unattended Moment,
The moment in and out of time,
The distraction fit, lost in a shaft of sunlight,
The wild thyme unseen, or the winter lightning
Or the waterfall, or music heard so deeply
That it is not heard at all, but you are the music
While the music lasts.

— from Four Quartets, “The Dry Salvages” by T. S. Eliot

 

Capturing The Moment — Past Shadows   Leave a comment

The original image was from 25 years ago, edited in Photoshop in 2008. If I may say so myself, it is one of my favorite art images. — kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being

joy45sawmill-i-2008-2014Past Shadows — Photo-Artistry by kenne

When viewing an image,
whether a photograph,
painting or a moment,
what I see is mine
and mine alone.

The resulting image 
is a product
of my experiences,
filtered through the cloth
of my culture. 

It is also a reflection
of my relationships
and the drive
to connect with
the world around me.

Each image
is captured
in my memory,

which will serve
to influence future images.

********

When looking at you
You look at me watching you,
Each is viewed differently.

Nights spent together
Now are only memories
Lying next to you.

Cameras record
So that we will not forget,
Lessening burdens.

— kenne

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Two-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly   Leave a comment

Two-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly — Image by kenne

“There was a young man who said though,

it seems that I know that I know,

but what I would like to see is the I

that knows me when I

know that I know

that I know.”

— Alan W. Watts

Capturing The Moment — Court Of The Patriarchs Panorama   Leave a comment

One of my favorite National Parks. (July 2, 2014) — kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being

Canyon Views Panorama (1 of 1) blog framedCourt of the Patriarchs, Zion National Park Panorama — Image by kenne

The Court of the Patriarchs is named for three towering figures of the Old Testament. These sandstone peaks (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob Peaks) hold court over Birch Creek Canyon and a section of the Virgin River, named in 1916 by Methodist minister Frederick Vining Fisher. The Court of the Patriarchs is just one of many majestic and inspiring views in the park.

kenne

My Zion

Stains across an aerie altar, white streaked red
suspended above my reach, but not my sight.

Perhaps ancient titans sacrificed, honored, bled
now revealed in golden strains of morning light.

My Zion, my refuge
from all it is not.

Oh Zion, my haven
where solace was sought.

Did angels take wing from that lofty perch?
Does the stone truly weep for ages past?

When bygone men for food here did search
in the…

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The Two Party Choice—Between Despicable Republicans and Impotent Democrats   Leave a comment

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT — kenne

Uncommon Sense

I have been thinking about the stolen seat on the SCOTUS recently, During this debacle, the Senate Republicans refused to do their duty, advising and consenting to President Obama’s SCOTUS nominee, Merrick Garland, and the Democrats sat by the side wringing their hands. So, what would I have done?

Here is a description of the role of the Vice-president of the U.S. with regard to the U.S. Senate: the Constitution names the vice president of the United States as the president of the Senate. In addition to serving as presiding officer, the vice president has the sole power to break a tie vote in the Senate and formally presides over the receiving and counting of electoral ballots cast in presidential elections.

Hmm, “in addition to serving as presiding officer.” At the time, the VP of the U.S. was Joe Biden, a long-term Senator who knew the rules of the Senate…

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A Seashore Day   1 comment

A Seashore Day — Photo-Artistry by kenne

On the Sea

It keeps eternal whisperings around

Desolate shores, and with its mighty swell

Gluts twice ten thousand Caverns, till the spell

Of Hecate leaves them their old shadowy sound.

Often ’tis in such gentle temper found,

That scarcely will the very smallest shell

Be moved for days from where it sometime fell.

When last the winds of Heaven were unbound.

Oh, ye! who have your eyeballs vexed and tired,

Feast them upon the wideness of the Sea;

Oh ye! whose ears are dinned with uproar rude,

Or fed too much with cloying melody—

Sit ye near some old Cavern’s Mouth and brood,

Until ye start, as if the sea nymphs quired!

— John Keats

Katelyn and Sisters At Her Graduation   Leave a comment

Re Ann, Justice, and Katelyn after Katelyn’s Graduation on May 28, 2022 — Image by kenne

“Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they’ve faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.”

— from Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young by Mary Schmich 

Begonia Blossoms In The Hotel Pool   2 comments

Hotel Pool In Palm Springs (June 17, 2022) — Images by kenne

The winds picked up on our second day in Plam Springs, blowing some of the many begonia blossoms into the hotel pool.

Joy Surrounded by begonias — Image by kenne

Desert Orangetip Butterfly Art   1 comment

Desert Orangetip Butterfly — Photo-Artistry by kenne

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly,

but rarely admit the changes

it has gone through

to achieve that beauty.

 
— Maya Angelou
 

” . . take one as needed”   Leave a comment

This poem was first posted in May of 2013, then again in May 2018, with a beautiful sunset image. — kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being

Sunsets & Yard Flowers September 2012Tucson Sunset — Image by kenne

Why I live in Tucson, “. . . take one as needed.”

The sky is more than blue,
it’s “Tucson blue,”
as I walk the trails,
sometimes in pain,
but always convivial
in fellowship with nature
where there is strong
medicine in the air —

. . . take one as needed.

Landscapes draw inspiration,
subtle and complex
as an O’Keeffe painting,
everywhere you look
(with a trained eye)
stories of the past
can be heard
in your mind’s ear —

. . . take one as needed.

Allowing the mind
to enclose infinity
(yes, the mind can)
for the moment
to accommodate
all the sounds
all the smells
all observable images –

. . . take one as needed.

Diversity, a word
often heard when
describing the Sonoran desert
(the source of that concept)
and the purposes
all living things play
trying to…

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Revisiting GEB   1 comment

First posted on June 21, 2009. — kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being

Escher's_RelativityRelativity – M.C. Escher — Source: Wikipedia Fair Use

A first read of Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid (GEB), by Douglas Hofstadler, may leave you wondering what’s it all about.
But like any great work, its true meaning comes from where the reader is (self-representation) at the time of the reading.
As I constantly matrix my experiences, GEB, like a “popup” reminder on my computer screen, has crossed paths
with many of my current states of being. Again, I find myself driven to read what is not an easy book to master.
Often, the words used to describe the book are “turgid and confused,” words that may be used to describe me.

— kenne

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Indian Paintbrush Wildflower   Leave a comment

Indian Paintbrush Wildflower — Photo-Artistry Image kenne

The Courts Call To A More Staged Authentic Culture   Leave a comment

Abstract Art by kenne

The High Court’s call for

a return to a more

staged authentic culture

disregarding its

political implications

is indicative of its failure

to fully understand the

structure of modern society,

not acknowledging that

the individual is part of

a greater whole

discounting the interaction

between people

and institutions

in the community.

— kenne

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