Teaching is Easy, Anyone Can Do It   Leave a comment

I was a higher education teacher, and occasionally, I would be asked to be a guest presenter in a public school class. Now retired, I teach elementary school children about nature in Sabino Canyon. Ditto to Steve! — kenne

Uncommon Sense

I need to tell you a story to refute the nonsense of this title. I was for almost 40 years a college professor teaching chemistry to undergrads. I had BS and MS degrees from accredited universities, a teaching credential, etc.

My niece was a primary school teacher, then teaching a combined Grade 1-2 class of middle class California kids. In conversation one day, she invited me to come to her classroom and do a “special presentation” about what chemistry was all about for her class. I agreed wholeheartedly. So, since I had a 20 minute time slot of class time to fill, I prepared carefully, loading up on visual aides, demonstrations, etc. Then, knowing that things don’t always go as planned, I prepared another 20 minutes worth, and upon further thought, a third 20 minutes worth. That should be enough, I thought.

So, I dressed in a white lab coat…

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Posted August 18, 2022 by kenneturner in Information

On the Brink of Immensity   1 comment

Pix to Words

With my love I stand
On the brink of immensity
At once diminished to a speck
And raised up with a presence
I can only describe as divine
As immense as the canyon below me

My love takes my hand
Rests her head on my shoulder

Nothing is so grand as love

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Posted August 18, 2022 by kenneturner in Information

Corner Shadows   Leave a comment

Corner Shadows — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Ominous Monsoon Clouds   Leave a comment

Ominous Monsoon Clouds Over Tanuri Ridge, Tucson, AZ — Image by kenne

Far on the desert rim, the thunder breaks
And white clouds turn to steel above the plain.
Now it will rain.

— Sylvia Lewis Kinney, “August,” in Arizona Highways, 1968

Variegated Fritillary Butterfly — Ragged Around The Edges   Leave a comment

Variegated Fritillary Butterfly, Ragged Around the Edges — Image by kenne

these wings are fragile

ragged around the edges

low erratic flight

— kenne

Surprise, Surprise!   4 comments

This Greater Roadrunner in Sabino Canyon Just Came Running Up To Me — Surprise, Surprise!
Image by kenne

Greater Roadrunner on Patio Wall   Leave a comment

Greater Roadrunner on Patio Wall — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Greater Roadrunners often walk our patio wall near the water fountain.
The hot days of summer make visits more frequent.
Waiting for to say, “Hello in there, hello.”

— kenne

Moon Over Sweetwater   Leave a comment

Moon Over Sweetwater Wetlands Park, Tucson, Arizona — Image by kenne

A walk in the park

Audubon naturalists

Recording sighting

— kenne

Purple Cactus   Leave a comment

Purple Cactus — Image by kenne

“I’m Not Like The Others!”

Mountain Spiny Lizard   Leave a comment

Mountain Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus jarrovii) — HDR Image by kenne

The mountain spiny lizard is the cousin of the desert spiny, whose coloring blends more with the desert than the mountain forests.

Mt. Lemmon Wildflower   Leave a comment

Mt. Lemmon Wildflower (Mountain Marigold) — Image by kenne

Sunlight breaks through
After a heavy downpour
Turning the trail into a stream
Breaking off above the creek
Lush green and yellow colors
Coming into being on the slopes
Of my favorite mountain trail
A shadow network of sunshine
Through the trees as juncos
Twittering calls echoes in the woods.

— kenne

Black Saddlebag Dragonfly   Leave a comment

Black Saddlebag Dragonfly — Image by kenne

Wings and saddlebags

Will travel around the pond

Only to return.

— kenne

Thurber Cinquefoil Wildflower   Leave a comment

Thurber Cinquefoil Wildflower — Image by kenne

 “Love is like wildflowers;

It’s often found in the most unlikely places.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Phainopepla Photo Painting   Leave a comment

Phainopepla In Sabino Canyon — Photo-Artistry by kenne

This beautiful bird

Looks like a black cardinal

You should guess again.

— kenne

Dove In Flight   Leave a comment

Using Visiting Mourning Doves on the Patio to Practice for the Tucson Audobon Festival (August 10-13) in Southeast Arizona. 

“Bird watching is now North America’s second most popular outdoor activity (second only to gardening).”

― Bernd Brunner

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